Hiker Challenge

The Hiker Challenge is all about inspiring, motivating and rewarding you - especially new and novice hikers - for getting out on Nova Scotia’s beautiful trails to start hiking or to hike more. It’s tailored to showcase the best of the province while providing helpful and fun challenges in doing so. Your reward for completing each challenge is a badge to show off on clothing or backpacks, as well as being listed on our Honour Roll. There is a cost for most badges, but the youth ones are free. Each season we’ll do a prize draw including everyone who has earned a badge in the last three months. Prizes are gift cards generously provided by our partner The Trail Shop. So get your hike on and take the Hiker Challenge! 

Honour Roll - view who has earned badges so far!

Download and print this logbook to keep track of your distances (or try an online app).

Hiker Challenge Prize Draw: Winners
A prize draw for the Hiker Challenge was held on September 1, 2021 for those who earned badges this summer. Congratulations to the winners of gift cards generously provided by The Trail Shop Halifax:
  • $100 gift card: Dylan Troop, New Minas
  • $50 gift card: Kerstin Surgenor, Halifax
  • $25 gift card: Darren Bernard, Truro 
The application deadline for badges earned this summer is November 30 for the December prize draw!


New Regional Hiker Challenge Badges 
Click on a badge below to learn more about how to earn it.


The Core Hiker Challenge Badges
Click on a badge below to learn more about how to earn it.

Youth Distance Badge

Guides, Scouts and similar youth groups can earn their Distance Badges with this special challenge.

  1. The hiking must be done within 365 days. It doesn’t matter when you start logging your trails or kilometres (you could start logging from Nov .15 to Nov. 14 the following year, or Jun. 1 to May 31 the following year...you get the drift). 
  2. The hiking must be done within the Province of Nova Scotia - no exceptions!
  3. You must do the hiking before you apply to receive your badge (no collecting of badges before you actually hike). We’ll go by the honour system, so please be honest in answering the questions when you complete the online form to apply for your badges.
  4. If you tally kilometres for one badge, you can't apply those same kilometres to another badge - you must start fresh to earn a different badge. 
  5. There is a cost to the badges, except for the Youth Distance badges, which are free. Each badge is $5.00 for Hike NS paid members and $7.50 for non-members. These charges help cover the cost of the badges and administration. A few regional badges are provided free as well.
  6. Badge applications are processed at the beginning of each month for badges earned in the previous month. If you choose to pick up your badge at The Trail Shop, please wait until notified that your badge is available before going to pick it up.
Still have questions? They might be answered in our Q and A document.

Apply for your badges here. Only do this after you've completed a challenge!

Apply for Youth Distance badges for Guides, Scouts & youth groups here.

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