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Hiking for Youth & Families

Hike NS believes that a love of the outdoors and of hiking starts at a young age, so we encourage families, schools, Scouts, Guides and other child- and youth-centred groups to get out on the trails! Hiking with children and youth can be so much fun. It’s not rocket science; just keep safety in mind, prepare properly and have some neat activities planned for the trail.


Check out AdventureSmart for the 10 Essentials for staying safe while hiking. Check out the AdventureSmart For Kids section too.


Activities on the Trail for Children & Youth

Children and youth can earn Hike Nova Scotia’s Youth Hiker Distance Badge simply by hiking! Just tally the distances you hike over the course of a year and you could earn the badge! Adults can do the same and earn a pin. Learn more here.

Keep them engaged on the trail with some simple, but engaging activities. Check out our Activities for Children & Youth on the Trail resource for lots of ideas.

Read up about hiking with kids. Hikes with Tykes is a good read to get you ready to take the kids out on the trails, no matter how young. Moosebait, the Cape Breton hiking trails website, has some good advice for Hiking wtih Kids too.

Check out the Young Naturalists Club of Nova Scotia, with chapters all over the province for the young naturalist in your life.

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