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, practice social distancing and follow the advice of public health officials. Parks, trails and beaches are now open but there are restrictions to their use. 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 July 14, 2021)

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


July 14, 2021 Update:

Phase 4 of the pandemic reopening plan began on July 14. Events such as guided hikes are classified as an event run by a business or organization and regular, organized hiking or walking clubs are classified as a "meeting" under the updated gathering limits and both must include physical distancing. Getting outside is encouraged, as long as the gathering limits are respected. Masks are no longer required at outdoor public places where it may be difficult to maintain physical distance, such as markets, playgrounds and parks. Learn more here


Provide proof of vaccination: To comply with new provincial Covid 19 regulations introduced on October 4, 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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