July 2019
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Photo: Jitney Trail, Pictou

Keppoch Mountain To Host Nova Scotia Summer Fest

From August 23-24, The Keppoch will host the Nova Scotia Summer Fest, a weekend of music, art and more! 

The Keppoch is excited and ready to welcome Nova Scotia Summer Fest attendees and to showcase the work Keppoch has done to become a world class outdoor adventure area.

Having this high profile event with world class artists such as Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, Classified, Good Lovelies, Heather Rankin and many more has resulted in the mountain, town and county being regularly featured in mainstream media outside Antigonish such as CTV and Virgin Radio Halifax. This has raised tourism awareness of the area to the next level. Besides having high profile artists onsite there will be unique award winning Nova Scotia products.

In conjunction with the festival, Keppoch will be holding outdoor activities on Saturday August 24th that will highlight various aspects of our trail system, including: 

1) Guided Hikes
2) Disc Golf Tournament
3) Enduro Mountain Bike Race
4) Pump Track Challenge
5) New Trail Trick Competition

Join the Nova Scotia Summer Fest social media pages to stay up to date on the festival. Remember to share, like and tag your friends on these social media pages so they can see what is coming to Keppoch and what Keppoch has become!

Go to to book festival tickets or a RV/Tent site beside The Keppoch.

NS Trails Welcomes Two New Board Members

NS Trails is pleased to welcome two new members to its Board of Directors: Greg Nix and Paula Davis.

Greg Nix
Greg retired as a Coordinator of Programs from the Chignecto Central Centre for Education in August of 2018.  He is a lover of the outdoors, participating in activities such as swimming, canoeing, cross-country sking and skidooing.  His favourite activity is hiking, having recently hiked trails in Banff, Fernie, Watterton, Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyo to name a few. 

Greg currently is the Vice President of the Oxford and Area Trails Association, President of Cumberland Trails, and Vice President of the Route Six Snowmobile Club.  He is a member of the Friends of the Pugwash Estuary, Cobequid Trails Society and Hike Nova Scotia and has held many other executive positions over the years including as President of the Orienteering Association of Nova Scotia and Vice Chair of the Pugwash and Area Community Health Board.  Greg has been a hike leader at a Hike Nova Scotia Summit and he looks forward to expanding his support for trails from a greater perspective as a Fundy Region representative.
Paula Davis 
Paula has worked for the Town of Port Hawkesbury in the recreation and cultural field since graduating from Mount Allison University.  She is responsible for the recreation, leisure, aquatic, and cultural programming for the Town of Port Hawkesbury, as well as marketing and securing financial support for culture and recreation development and events. 
Paula has worked on trail redevelopment, and developing a strategic plan for trail use and expansion for the Port Hawkesbury trails.  She has a strong interest in the alignment of recreation and cultural offerings with municipal planning and economic development.

Hike Nova Scotia Call For Fall Guided Hikes 2019

Hike NS invites groups across NS to partner with it on delivering fall guided hikes in September, October and November of 2019. Hike NS will help promote events and provide a how-to guide and trail prizes to giveaway. If your municipality, First Nation or organization can organize a hike (or already plan to host a hike), please register your event by August 14, 2019 for events between September 13 and November 17, 2019. Only the first 50 events will be accepted (spots might fill up before the deadline, so don't delay). Note that one organization may register only up to five hikes (and register only one event per online form).

Register your event here

Deadline: August 14, 2019

American Trails Webinar

Title: Social Media + Trails: Growing and Engaging Your Followers
Price: $19 members / $39 nonmembers

Webinar Details:

The latest webinar from American Trails takes an in depth look at social media and trails. Social media can be a powerful marketing tool for trails, giving us the ability to reach people by the thousands, fundraise, engage, and show the value of trails. On the flip side, social media can also lead to problems - such as trail users engaging in dangerous behavior for "photo opportunities." In this webinar we will hear from three experts on how they manage their social media platforms to reach tens of thousands of followers, best practices for using social media, and the potential pitfalls to look out for in the social media era.

Learn more about the webinar, learning objectives, and presenters here.  
Webinar Presenters

To watch a recording of the webinar, visit here.

Upcoming events

July 20th & September 7th, 2019: Liscombe Hiking Adventures

Join Liscombe Lodge and Hike Nova Scotia on a Liscombe Hike Adventure on July 20 or September 7 in support of Hike NS. Explore the Liscombe River Trail with guide Lori Taylor followed by a BBQ and resting by the bonfire. Learn more and register at: or

July 21, 2019: MEC Pride Hike &  Beach Event with Hike NS

Hike NS is happy to partner with MEC on its Pride Hike and Beach Event happening on July 21 at Crystal Crescent Beach, Sambro Creek near Halifax (rain date of July 28). Register for a free seat on the bus to Crystal Crescent and join us for an inclusive guided hike, take part in yoga and enjoy the beach!

July 27th, 2019:  Friends of Point Prim Lighthouse Dinner at the Point

Join the Friends of Point Prim Lighthouse for Dinner at the Point on July 27th. Enjoy a special night by the Bay of Fundy in support of the picturesque Point Prim Lighthouse!

Dinner is served at 6PM. Live music and beacon fire at dusk (rain or shine!).

$30 per person. For more info, contact Robert Hersey at 902-247-1604.

August 24, 2019: 3rd Annual Ceilidh Coastal Trail 5K Run/Walk

Please join the Ceilidh Coastal Trail Association along the beautiful western shore of Cape Breton for a fun run/walk event on Saturday August 24, 2019!

Location: Creignish Recreation Centre
Time: 9:00am start, registration begins at 8:00am.
Cost: $20 if pre-registered by Aug 1st, $25 day of event.

T-shirts available for the first 50 registered. Awards for 1st and 2nd place.  Refreshments available.

To pre-register call or text Richard Beaton at 902 302 1010
or email

To see some of the fun that was had last year, check out this video!

August 24, 2019: Cape Mabou Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge

The 2019 Cape Mabou Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place August 24 at 9am, at Mabou Mines Trailhead, Mabou, Cape Breton on the Cape Mabou Highlands Hiking Trails.

$30/person, minimum of two to a team. 
Register online by August 9 at:

For more information, contact: Nadine Hunt

Sept 21, 2019: Digby Hiking Adventure

Join the Digby Pines and Hike Nova Scotia on the Digby Hike Adventure on September 21 in support of Hike NS. Hike on the Acacia Valley Trail with two experience guides followed by a lovely meal and sleep back at the Pines. Learn more and register at: or

October 26, 2019: 13th Annual NSEF Trail Ride and Drive 

The 13th Annual Nova Scotia Equestrian Federation (NSEF) Trail Ride and Drive is taking place October 26, 2019 at Dollar Lake Provincial Park from 9:00am - 4:00pm.

For more info contact Sheila Currie:, 902-425-5450 ext 337, or visit the NSEF website. 

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