If there’s snow this winter, you can bet that one of the most popular outdoor activities will be snowshoeing. For those who are curious or who received a new pair under the Christmas tree, Hike NS and its partners across the province have lined up over 50 guided snowshoe events.
“Year after year, we’ve seen a growing interest in snowshoeing and this year is shaping up to be no different,” says Janet Barlow, Hike Nova Scotia Executive Director. “There’s just something about floating over the snow on snowshoes in a winter wonderland that brings people out in droves.”
Hike NS and 32 host organizations have partnered up to offer the guided snowshoeing series in January, February and March. There are 55 snowshoe hikes scheduled from one end of the province to the other. Hikes are led by local folks and participants qualify to win trail prizes.
The hikes are meant to help get more people outside in winter and active on the trails. The full list of dates, times, registration details and directions is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Hikes include the following areas:
- Cape Breton
- Highland (Antigonish and Pictou Counties)
- Fundy (Cumberland, Colchester and East Hants)
- Valley (Clare to West Hants)
- South Shore (Lunenburg County and areas)
- Central (Halifax Regional Municipality)
Hike NS has some resources to help get people on snowshoes. They include a listing of where to borrow, rent or buy snowshoes as well as a how-to-snowshoe guide. Both are found at www.hikenovascotia.ca.
Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as NS Trails and the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage for their support. Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout the province. Membership in Hike NS means keeping up-to-date on the latest hiking news and having a say in its many projects.