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Walk to School Month: Register Today!  

Posted on Sep 19, 2017

International Walk to School Month (and Walk at School Month) is coming up in October. Join us and walk for the environment, physical activity, safety and fun!

Register online at by September 30 to receive  IWALK stickers for all participating students in your school.

All schools/groups who register and complete the Award and Feedback Form at the end of October will qualify for a prize draw that includes a classroom kit of pedometers, reflective arm/leg bands and pins for participating youth, a one-year digital subscription to Green Teacher magazine, ten $50 off certificates and pair of sneakers from Aerobics First, and a bike from a bike-­‐minded student from Cyclesmith.

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Hike NS Fall Activities 2017

Posted on Aug 28, 2017

Hike NS Fall Guided Hike Series 2017

Hike Nova Scotia and 28 host organizations across the province have partnered up to offer the 2017 Fall Guided Hike Series from September to November. There are 50 hikes led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” Hikes are free and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated in the schedule. Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as the ParticipACTION 150 Play List and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Check out details in the schedule found at



Trailgate Canada 150 Volunteer Trail Maintenance Days

Hike NS and six community trail groups will offer Trailgate Canada 150 events across the province this fall. These volunteer trail maintenance days give hikers a chance to help out their local community trail group. All equipment and guidance on trail maintenance is provided and volunteers will enjoy a “trailgate” party with barbeque and cake to celebrate Canada’s 150th. This project is funded by the Government of Canada. Events include:

-September 16 – Economy (Thomas’s Cove Coastal Trail)

-September 16 – Meat Cove (Seawall Trail)

-September 23 – Antigonish (Keppoch Mountain)

-September 30 – Halifax (Mainland Common)

-October 14 – Green Bay (Green Bay – Broad Cove Trail)

-October 14 – October 14 – Gulliver’s Cove, Digby Co. (Gulliver’s Head Look Off)

For more information, go to



Registration for Hike NS Fall/Winter Courses Open

Registration is now open for Hike NS’s fall and winter courses across Nova Scotia. They range from how to share nature with children to Urban Poling to how to be a hike leader to navigation. The specific offerings include:Re-Connecting with Nature Workshop; Urban Poling workshop; Field Leader – Hiking Courses; Field Leader – Winter Module; Field Leader – Overnight Module; and Navigation Maps & Compass Courses. Dates, locations and costs vary, depending upon the course. Learn more and register at


Urban Poling Clinic Sept. 9, Halifax

Hike NS and Urban Poling will offer a Quick Start Urban Poling Clinic in Halifax on Saturday, September 9 from 10 am to 12 pm in Point Pleasant Park. Learn now to Nordic Walk! The cost is $25 and participants must register in advance. The clinic is taught by a certified Urban Poling Instructor and demo poles will be available for use and for sale after the session. Learn more at


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It’s time to hit the trails!

Posted on Jul 20, 2017

Join us this summer for the Kespukwitk Trail Challenge. This opportunity to get out and connect with nature begins on Tuesday July 18th and runs until the Harvest Festival on October 7th.

In 1967, the HMCS Shelburne Trailblazers, led by LCdr Fred Jones, hiked to Shelburne along the Old Annapolis Road as a Centennial Project to enhance awareness of the history of the region.

50 years later, this commemorative hike has been designed to use existing roads, trails, and waterways, to connect the history of the diverse groups who have lived and worked in the region of southwest Nova Scotia.  This is your chance to walk the trail virtually, all while receiving fun facts and updates from various communities in the region.
The trail connects the First Nations Bands of the region (Yarmouth, Ponhook, Medway, Wildcat and Bear River); the former military installations (at Yarmouth, Bacarro, Shelburne, Liverpool, Annapolis Royal, and Cornwallis); and  includes recognition of sites of importance to the cultures of First Nations, Acadians. New England Planters, Loyalists, Africans, Welsh, and others who settled in the region over the centuries.
The trail is 500km and involves travelling a challenging 615,453 steps to complete it. We encourage you to sign up as a group, whether it be family or friends, or as an individual, if you’re interested in a larger challenge, and complete this virtual walk throughout the summer and early fall.

Simply email us at [email protected]  with your name and email address.  If you are on a team, please send your team members names and email addresses.  Once you email us, we will send you a note on how to sign up on the website so you can see your progress virtually as you go.  You can start at any point!

Throughout the challenge you will receive updates full of fun facts, historical information and motivational tidbits to keep you moving.  This region is rich in history and what better way to enjoy that history than through walking!

For everyone who enters the challenge, you will be placed in a draw for a $25 gift card of your choice.  For those who finish the challenge (all 500km), you will be put in a draw for a $75 gift card of your choice.

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Heart&Stroke Walkabout™ Heartland Tour

Posted on Jun 21, 2017

It’s time for some summer fun!

Lace up, get active and join Heart & Stroke for some summer fun! In partnership with the Heartland Tour, Heart & Stroke is hosting walking tours in communities across our province. Take the first steps toward changing the future of heart disease and stroke.

Grab your friends, family, and neighbours and be part of the movement. Regardless of age, or experience, take the first steps towards a healthier tomorrow for our province. We believe life is worth fighting for. And we don’t want you to miss it.

Check out the dates and locations below to find the event nearest you!

July 8 – Halifax, Emera Oval, 9:00 am
July 9- Yarmouth, Rodd’s Grand Hotel, 417 Main St.,Yarmouth, 9:00 am
July 10- Annapolis Royal, Farmer’s and Trader’s Market in town, 9:30am and 11:00am
July 11- Bridgewater, Shipyards Landing, King Street, 9:00 am
July 12- Truro, Victoria Park, 11:00 am
July 13- Sydney, at Membertou Sport and Wellness Centre, 8:30am
July 14- Antigonish, Begin at Columbus Field, 12:00 pm
July 15- New Glasgow, Pictou County Wellness Centre, 11:00am

Hope to see you there!

Heart & Stroke Walkabout ™

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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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