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Nova Scotia Walk Day 2017

Posted on May 04, 2017

Hello Walkers,

May 10, 2017 is Nova Scotia Walk Day!  We invite you to join people across Nova Scotia in taking at least a 10 min walk.

Whether you are joining your colleagues at work or walking with friends and family, get outside and enjoy the beautiful NS spring.

If you are planning to walk yourself, or are planning a walk in your community for a group, let us know and you can win a prize.

Email us at:  [email protected]

view the NS Walk Day poster here:  NS Walk DAY POSTER

Have a great day of Walking and we always love to hear stories and see pictures!

 

Walkabout Team

 

 

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Connect2, Nova Scotia’s sustainable transportation grant program, is now open for 2017-2018

Posted on Apr 05, 2017

On April 4, the Connect2 sustainable transportation grant program opened for 2017-2018. Expressions of interest, followed by applications for grants, are now being accepted from communities and organizations wishing to have more access to walking and biking paths, ride sharing, and other sustainable transportation options.

Connect2 aims to provide more options to communities to reduce their carbon footprint, and making walking, biking and using sustainable modes of transportation a practical and enjoyable choice throughout Nova Scotia

Communities, municipalities, and organizations interested in applying for a grant are invited to first submit an expression of interest. A response along with an application form will be provided within 48 hours confirming if your proposal is eligible. The deadline to then submit your completed application is May 5.

Government will provide $600,000 to the program again this year, pending budget approval. Sustainable transportation projects focused on active transportation infrastructure design or build are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $150,000. Projects focusing on public education and engagement, or studies to advance sustainable transportation best practices in Nova Scotia are eligible for up to 50 per cent of costs, to a maximum of $30,000.

For more detailed information and to submit an expression of interest, please visit: www.novascotia.ca/sustainabletransportation. Should you have any questions, please contact: Sustainable Transportation Program Coordinator at [email protected]

We encourage you to share this information with anyone you feel may benefit from the Connect2 program. And we look forward to hearing about your project.

Sincerely,

 

NS Department of Energy

 

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Calling All Artists!

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Licensed Professional Planners of Nova Scotia are excited to announce their call for applications from artists to create an original art piece to be used as recognition of a Walkabout Award. The image must portray walkable environments, tell a walking story, impact the viewer, and change the way we see walking.

What is needed?

An original art piece to be purchased by the Heart and Stroke Foundation at the cost of $500.00. The art piece will remain property of Heart and Stroke Foundation. The Heart and Stroke Foundation will be responsible for a limited edition reproduction of 15 prints.

How to apply:

Applicants must be a resident of Nova Scotia.
Each applicant must apply by expressing intent to [email protected] no later than November 20, 2016 with digital representations of at least 3 pieces of previous artwork.
Please indicate your typical artistic mediums (e.g. paint, pencil/marker, digital, mixed-media, photo).
Please provide your name, company name (if applicable), contact information and any online platforms (website, Instagram, etc.)

Applicants will receive an email notification when their application is received. The Walkabout Award committee will choose the most applicable artwork by November 20, 2016 and will be in contact with the preferred artist by November 30, 2016. Heart and Stroke Foundation and the artist will discuss the concept and technical specifications then the artist will provide a rough sketch for approval. Artwork will then be due for delivery on January 16, 2017.

For more information, please contact: [email protected] using subject line Artwork for Award

Walkabout is funded by the Government of Nova Scotia, Communities, Culture and Heritage Department.

Click here for a PDF version of the Walkabout Awards 2016 Poster

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Join the Walkabout Fall Challenge Today!

Posted on Oct 17, 2016

Join us for the Walkabout Change your Colours Challenge 2016 from October 17th to 28th.

We challenge you and your team to walk at least 150 minutes per week during the challenge for a chance to win great prizes all while being fit and having fun.

Too cold outside or planning another activity? No problem.  You can still participate by counting your minutes and if you want, you can even convert your time into steps in our easy to use step converter at www.walkaboutns.ca

Email us at [email protected] today to register or call 902.423.7530 x5

Click here for more information

 

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Announcing: Planning Walkable Communities Workshop – Port Hawkesbury and Surrounding Areas

Posted on Oct 04, 2016

Community planning and development have great implications for health and the state of the environment. Join us and our partners on October 26, 2016for a FREE interactive workshop focused on

Making our communities more walkable
Addressing the state of walkability in NS
Improving walkability in planning and infrastructure
And more!

This workshop is open to planners, engineers, active transportation and active living professionals, municipal leaders, health professionals and anyone who is interested in improving the walkability of communities.

Please share this poster within your networks.

RVSP by October 24

This workshop has been assigned 6 Continuous Professional Learning credits (6 CPLs) for attending professional planners.

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Happy International Walk to School and Walk at School Month!

Posted on Oct 04, 2016

Join students from around the world and walk and wheel to school and in your community this month.

Walk to School Day: Wednesday October 5, 2016

Walk to School Week: October 3-7, 2016

and walk any day or week of your choice in October!

Register to qualify for great prizes.

http://www.saferoutesns.ca

 

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Halifax Common Loop Project

Posted on Sep 16, 2016

The Halifax Common Loop is a common walkway and pilot project to encourage people to walk more and to link people to our urban green spaces.
 

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2016 Hike NS Fall Guided Hikes & Courses

Posted on Sep 16, 2016

Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series 2016

Hike Nova Scotia and 14 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2016 Fall Guided Hike Series in September, October and November. There are 21 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Most hikes are free unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground, Goose Lane Editions for its prize donations and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for its support. Check out the list of events here: www.hikenovascotia.ca.

More promotional pieces of various lengths (including cut and paste pieces for Facebook and Twitter) and a flyer are found here: www.hikenovascotia.ca/projects/guided-hikes/.

New Slate of Courses

This fall and winter, Hike NS and the Outdoor Council of Canada will deliver more courses to help you and others get outside. Learn more and register at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Registration will open about two months before each course.

Oct. 15-16: Field Leader-Hiking, Wolfville, $100/$90
Oct. 22-23: Field Leader-Overnight, Economy, $125/$115
Nov. 5-6: Field Leader-Hiking, Halifax, $100/$90
Nov. 26-27: Navigation Maps & Compass, Halifax, $100/$90
Date TBA: Navigation Maps & Compass, Sydney, $100/$90
Date TBA, Field Leader-Winter, Location TBA, $50/$40

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Province Announces Restrictions During Wildfires

Posted on Aug 09, 2016

Your safety while walking is paramount. As of noon Tuesday, August 9th, please be advised of the provincial ban on travel and activities in wooded areas.

This includes hiking, camping, fishing, and the use of off-highway vehicles. People can still access beaches and provincial parks, but trail systems will be restricted. These restrictions also apply to forestry, mining and any commercial activity on Crown land. Those who conduct commercial activity on Crown land will require permits which can be obtained at local Department of Natural Resources offices. Hunters and fishers will also require travel permits.

Find more information here

 If you are looking for ideas for places to walk, check the Walkabout website for pre-planned routes!

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Walkabout Summer Photo Challenge

Posted on Jul 28, 2016

Throughout August, submit a photo of yourself walking with your family, friends, loves ones or pet for a chance to win!

A PFD version of the poster for sharing can be found here

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