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Hike Nova Scotia planning 50 events across the province


If you’re looking for some outdoor fun this season, there are plenty of hikes planned provincewide.
If you’re looking for some outdoor fun this season, there are plenty of hikes planned provincewide. - 123RF Stock Photo

The weather gurus say this winter will be colder and snowier than past years and Hike Nova Scotia says bring it on.

Rather than hibernate until spring, the provincial group hopes people will get out on the trails, perhaps using snowshoes.

“Some people think of winter as a time to stay indoors, but we think it’s a great time to experience nature and get in some physical activity,” says Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia’s executive director.

“Now more than ever, there are guided winter hikes and places where you can borrow, rent or buy snowshoes.”

Hike Nova Scotia and 20 host organizations partnered up to offer the Winter Guided Hike Series in January, February and March.

There are 50 hikes scheduled provincewide. Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes.

Hikes are free or low cost and pre-registration is required unless otherwise indicated.

Most are snowshoeing events or just regular hikes if there’s no snow.

The full schedule with registration details and directions can be found online at hikenovascotia.ca.

Hikes are listed by date and region (e.g. Halifax, South Shore, Annapolis Valley, Fundy, Highland and Cape Breton) and include various lengths and difficulty levels.

Wondering where to find snowshoes?

Not to worry, since you can easily find snowshoes to borrow, rent or buy using Hike Nova Scotia’s online guide with more than 90 listings.

There are at least 65 venues listed where you can borrow them for free.

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