Hiking Summit

Hike NS is happy to announce that the 2019 Hiking Summit was a great success! We had 175 people join us. The 2020 Summit co-hosts and location were announced at the event. The 2020 Hiking Summit will be held in Cheticamp next spring (date to be determined). Hike NS’s co-hosts are Les Hikers with Le Society Saint-Pierre. Please stay tuned for more information on the 2020 Summit.

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)
About the Summit
A celebration of hiking culture, the 2019 Hiking Summit will take place in Western Shore in the District of Chester on May 24, 25 and 26. Hike NS and its co-hosts Events Lunenburg County and Oak Island Resort and Conference Centre invite you to join them. Platinum sponsor is O’Regan’s South Shore Subaru. Gold sponsors are the Municipality of Chester and the District of Lunenburg. Silver sponsor is the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Bronze sponsors are Clif BarScotiabank, Parks Canada, Atlantick, Saltbox Brewing Company, NS Department of Lands and ForestryNS Department of Environment and Orthotics East Ltd. Local trail guru Laura Barkhouse is the MC and the keynote speaker is Jan Sebastian LaPierre of A for Adventure.

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.

Program Overview (PDF)     Detailed Program Booklet (PDF)

Kids’ Program (coming soon)     Detailed Hike Schedule (PDF)

About Keynote Jan Sebastian LaPierre (PDF)     Oak Island Facility Map (PDF)

Note: 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.

The 2018 Hiking Summit sold out in one month and had 100 people on the waiting list! 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 19th. 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 with a promo code for a discounted room rate when you make reservations at Oak Island Resort. Check your email spam folder and then contact Hike NS if you do not receive a confirmation email.

  • $125.00 for adult non-Hike NS members
  • $106.25 for adult Hike NS current paid members (15% off regular price above) - become a Hike NS member here
  • $100.00 for kids/youth/students
You must choose the hikes you will attend during online registration, so please review the hike schedule above before registering. The registration fee covers the whole weekend whether you attend for one or both days.

Summit Food
Meals/food included in registration are:
  • Friday night reception (finger food - not a meal)
  • Saturday and Sunday mid-morning breaks
  • Saturday and Sunday lunches
  • Saturday evening supper during the banquet
Participants are responsible for all other food not included above (such as Friday supper, breakfasts, etc.). Here is a list of local restaurants. 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 from the vending machines onsite.

Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own accommodation. Oak Island is now taking room reservations for the Summit. Use the promo code in your Summit confirmation email to get the Oak Island discounted rate starting at $119.00 plus HST for a landside guestroom (based on single/double occupancy and includes a full hot breakfast). There are limited rooms so don’t delay (if rooms don’t sell out, this price will be available until April 4). Dial 1-800-565-5075 for Oak Island bookings and for questions about rooms. Note that bikes and various water craft are available for rent from Oak Island Marina.

View our list of additional accommodations in the surrounding areas.

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 May 20 at noon and receive a full refund. Cancellations between May 20 at noon and May 23 at noon will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations after May 23 at noon and no-shows will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, please contact Hike NS.

Registration for this event is now closed.

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor

NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage

Bronze Sponsors



NS Department of Lands and Forestry     NS Department of Environment


Sobeys, Bridgewater

Help Promote the 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. Find a media advisory here.

© Copyright 2019 Hike Nova Scotia, All Rights Reserved  »  privacy policy

Promoting Hiking, Walking and Snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia.