2017 Walkability Grant Application

Posted on Feb 02, 2017

2017 Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ Walkability Grants
For more than 60 years, Heart & Stroke has worked to reduce the toll of heart disease and stroke and tangibly improve the health of all Canadians. We’re transforming how society thinks about, prevents, manages and lives with heart disease and stroke. Helping people become more physically active is an important way to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.

The way our physical space – our built environment – is designed influences the physical activity choices Nova Scotians make. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a recognized leader in linking community planning to improved health. As part of this work, Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ is pleased to announce the 2017 Walkability Grants to help organizations, groups and individuals take steps to increase walking participation.

This year only, we have an increase in the number of grants available: We are pleased to offer two grants at the $5,000 funding level, and additional grants at the $250 – $2,500 level.  Please visit us online to download an application form:

Click here:  2017 Walkability Grant Application

Applications are accepted until 4:30pm on Thursday March 2, 2017

Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ recognizes the support of the Province of Nova Scotia. We are pleased to work in partnership with the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage to develop and promote our cultural resources for all Nova Scotians.

Contact the Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ Team:

Heart and Stroke Foundation

Park Lane Mall, Mall Level 3

5657 Spring Garden Road

Halifax, NS. B3J 3R4

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 902.423.7530 Option 5 

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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.



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Walkabout Walkability Awards – Nominations Open!

Posted on Sep 23, 2016

Heart&Stroke Walkabout and the Licensed Professional Planners Association of Nova Scotia are partnering on the Walkabout Walkability Awards to advance our shared belief that walkable environments are important in the lives of Nova Scotians. Together we celebrate people, communities and organizations that are making communities and other environments more walkable in Nova Scotia.

Send us your Walkabout Walkability Awards nomination today!

Nomination Categories

Community Champion

An individual, community group, public organization (e.g. school) or non-profit organization that has contributed to making a neighbourhood, facility, space or geographic community more walkable.


Mi’kmaq First Nation, Town, Village or Municipality

A settlement or administrative division that has contributed to making its jurisdiction more walkable.


Private Sector

A business development association, chamber of commerce, entrepreneur, small business or corporation that has contributed to making a community, workplace, or business site more walkable.



Nominations are accepted until 4:00 pm on November 30, 2016 and can be sent through mail, email or fax. Submit early by October 14, 2016 for your chance to win a $50 gift card.  Award recipients will be announced in early 2017.

Download a nomination form or an electronic version of a poster to share

To learn more about walkable communities, visit www.walkaboutns.ca

Contact the Heart&Stroke Walkabout Team

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 902.423.7530 Option 5

Fax: 902.492.1464

Mail: Park Lane Mall, Level 3

5657 Spring Garden Road

Halifax, NS. B3J 3R4


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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.

Click here for more information


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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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Sponsored By:

  • Heart and Stroke Foundation
  • NS Gov
  • CTV