Hiking & COVID-19

In this uncertain time as society deals with the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we encourage people to still get outdoors (where possible, safe and appropriate). Hiking and walking outside is an excellent way to de-stress and to stay healthy! We urge you to hike while respecting gathering limits and follow the advice of public health officials. If you have questions about trail use, please ask government directly

Note that gathering limits have changed frequently, so please refer to the most up-to-date information on gathering limits before applying what we recommend in the documents below: 

Guided Hike COVID-19 Guidelines (updated October 4, 2021)

Walking/Hiking Club Guidelines (updated October 14, 2021)

October 4, 2021 Update:

Phase 5 of the pandemic reopening plan began on October 4. Events such as guided hikes are classified as an event and, if they are run by an official business or organization, then the NS government now requires all volunteers and participants of such events to show proof of vaccination (see below). There are no gathering limits on events organized by official businesses or organizations. Informal gatherings do have gathering limits (see them here). For any indoor gatherings, mask are still required.Learn more here

Provide proof of vaccination: To comply with new provincial Covid 19 regulations introduced on October 4 by the NS government, you are asked to provide proof of vaccination in order to join any in-person events offered through Hike NS. Simply bring a copy of your COVID-19 vaccine receipt with you (electronic or printed) and show the event organizer/leader/instructor. 

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