Hiking Summit


About the Summit
The 9th annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is a celebration of hiking culture. Held in a different community each year, the 2020 Summit will take place in Chéticamp from June 5 to 7 (Fri. to Sun.). Avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others will attend. The Summit includes workshops, hiking stories, networking opportunities, hikes and a kids’ program. It will shine a light on western Cape Breton’s beautiful trails, keen trail groups and hiking leaders. The MC is Daniel Aucoin: avid hiker, photographer, a founding member of Les Hiker and local radio host. 

Statement about the Hiking Summit and COVID-19

Conference Hosts & Location
The Hiking Summit is organized annually by Hike Nova Scotia. Our co-hosts are Les Hikers, La Société Saint-Pierre and Parks Canada. The Summit will take place in beautiful Chéticamp on Cape Breton Island. The venue is the Cabot Trail Arena (15582 Cabot Trail). 

Sponsors and Partners
Platinum sponsors are Parks Canada and Inverness County. Platinum partner is Destination Cape Breton. Gold sponsors are Acadian Credit Union and the Royal Bank. Silver sponsors are Les Amis du Plein Air, Tourism Club and Atlantick. Silver partner is the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Bronze sponsors are Tri-Mac Toyota, Le Gabriel Restaurant and Lounge, Pictou Landing First Nation, Cabot Trail Sea & Golf Chalets, Harbour Restaurant & Bar, Chéticamp Fisheries and Live Life in Tents. Partners include Aucoin Bakery, The Doryman Pub & Grill, Chéticamp Co-op and Hike the Highlands Festival Society

View the Program and Hikes Before Registering
Before registering, please view the program first. If you've accessed these files before, please refresh your browser as they may have been updated.

Summit Program (PDF)

Kids’ Program (link coming soon)     Hike Details (PDF)

Ticks: Spring is tick season, so please come prepared – learn how to be prepared here.
Dogs: Sorry, but to ensure that everyone is comfortable and experiences enjoyable hikes, dogs are not allowed on the Summit’s guided group hikes.

Kids’ Program
Parents and caregivers are responsible for their children at all times when specific kids’ programming is not in progress. Children must be registered in advance for kids’ programming in order to take part and waivers and forms must be completed onsite before participation. Most hikes are family-friendly and families are expected to attend hikes together. Parents and caregivers are responsible for their children on all hikes, including judging their child’s ability to do a hike.

Do not delay registering to avoid disappointment as there is limited space. Click on the green register button below to register ASAP. If it does not sell-out, registration will close at the end of the day on May 28. Included in registration is access to food described below, evening events, morning workshop sessions and guided hikes. We will not accept walk-ins - you must register in advance before the deadline or you will be turned away at the door. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Check your email spam folder and then contact Hike NS if you do not receive a confirmation email. Registration costs are:

  • $65.00 for adult non-Hike NS members
  • $55.25 for adult Hike NS current paid members (15% off regular price above) - become a Hike NS member here
  • $40.00 for kids/youth/students
  • Saturday supper - additional cost of $20 to $30 per person (see details below)

You must choose the hikes you will attend during online registration, so please review the Hike Details document above before registering. The registration fee covers the whole weekend whether you attend for one, two or three days.

Summit Food
Meals/food included in the Summit registration fee are:

  • Friday night reception (finger food - not a meal) with cash bar
  • Saturday and Sunday mid-morning breaks
  • Saturday and Sunday lunches

Saturday evening supper: The Saturday night awards banquet (with cash bar) is an additional cost: 

  • $30 for adults
  • $20 for kids/youth/students

You have the opportunity to include this option when you register and pay online.You must decide when you register online if you will have the Saturday supper - you will not have the option to pay and attend last-minute during the Summit itself. 

Participants are responsible for all other food not included above (such as Friday supper, breakfasts, etc.). A list of local restaurants is found here. For the hikes, please bring your own snacks, although you can pick up free power bars and apples at the snack station in the Summit registration area. Hike NS will not provide single-serve water bottles for those going on hikes. Instead, we’ll provide a water bottle fill station in the Summit registration area. If you want bottled water, you can buy it locally or in the vending machines onsite.

Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own accommodation. Consider booking your accommodations early to avoid disappointment. Research local accommodations using the links below. Be sure to ask for the Summit discount if they have one or ask for the off-season rate:
Cheticamp - Relax
Cheticamp and nearby, including campgrounds
Pleasant Bay

For organizations and businesses that would like to have a display at the Hiking Summit, please click here to learn more and register.

Cancellation Policy
You may cancel your Hiking Summit registration by June 1 at noon and receive a full refund. Cancellations between June 1 at noon and June 4 at noon will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations after June 4 at noon and no-shows will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, please contact Hike NS. By registering for the Summit, you acknowledge and accept this cancellation policy. Please review our statement about the Hiking Summit and CORVID-19

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Once registered you will receive a confirmation email.
If you don't receive one, please check your spam folder. If it is not there, please contact Hike NS.

Help Promote the 2020 Hiking Summit
Please help promote the summit using our Promo Pieces document (Word file), which includes write ups for enewsletters, websites and social media to share. Please download and print the flyer to post in public places. Here is a graphic to use on social media.

The 2019 Summit
A celebration of hiking culture, the 2019 Hiking Summit took place in Western Shore in the District of Chester on May 24, 25 and 26, 2019. Hike NS and its co-hosts Events Lunenburg County and Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre were happy to have 175 people join us. Get a feel for what the Summit is all about by viewing these videos from the 2019 Summit:

2019 Hiking Summit (produced by NS Trails)
Hike NS Summit 2019 (produced by the NS Outdoor Network, Recreation NS)

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