Hiking 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 take in guided hikes, information sessions and socials. The Summit includes sharing best practices, stories and networking. It will shine a light on western Cape Breton’s beautiful trails, keen trail groups and hiking leaders.

Conference Hosts

The Hiking Summit is organized annually by Hike Nova Scotia. Hike NS - a grassroots, provincial nonprofit - encourages and promotes a growing hiking culture throughout our great province. We are the voice for hikers, walkers and snowshoers. Our co-hosts are Les Hikers, La Société Saint-Pierre and Parks Canada.

Les Hikers has 650+ members with volunteers that organize hikes and invite all to enjoy and respect nature.  Les Hikers encourages everyone to come and visit the Cheticamp area and enjoy our beautiful trails and scenery. 

Founded in 1947, La Société Saint-Pierre is, for the Acadians of the Chéticamp region, the group that works to preserve and promote the Acadian language and culture. Proud proprietor of Les Trois Pignons, La Société Saint-Pierre, through its museum, its hooked rug gallery and genealogy centre stands as the protector of our history and our ancestry. 

Parks Canada, through the Cape Breton Highlands National Park, presents a nationally significant example of Canada's natural and cultural heritage where lush, forested river canyons carve into the ancient plateau, edged by rust-coloured cliffs.

Registration and Accommodation

Registration will open in early 2020 and more information will become available at that time. Attendees must book their own accommodations. Consider booking your accommodations early to avoid disappointment. Research local accommodations using these 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

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)

Call for Hiking Summit 2021 Co-hosts Deadline: February 28, 2020
Download the co-host application here (Word document)


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. Platinum sponsor was O’Regan’s South Shore Subaru. Gold sponsors were the Municipality of Chester and the District of Lunenburg. Silver sponsor was the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Bronze sponsors were Clif Bar, Scotiabank, Parks Canada, Atlantick, Saltbox Brewing Company, NS Department of Lands and Forestry, NS Department of Environment and Orthotics East Ltd. A partner was Sobeys, Bridgewater.

Detailed Program Booklet (PDF) - the 2019 Summit

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