By Athena Grantwell
Hike Nova Scotia is hosting a series of 35 winter guided snowshoes hikes to encourage people to get active during the winter season. These events will run until March 16 across the province. Participants earn the chance to win “trail prizes”. Hike Nova Scotia promotes participants to send pictures of their hiking adventure via Twitter, Facebook, and email. The grand prize is a package valued at $100.
Janet Barlow, a member of Hike Nova Scotia says, “Snowshoeing is seeing a real surge in popularity these last few years and our snowier than normal winter – if it continues – is certainly going to spur more people to try snowshoeing.”
The Valley Trekkers Volkssport Club is hosting all events in the Annapolis Valley. On Jan. 25, an event will be hosted in New Minas. Participants will meet at the Louis Millet Community Complex. The walk distance is five- and 10-kilometers.
On Feb. 8, another event will be hosted in Kingston. Participants will meet at the Aurora Inn. The walk distance is five to 10 kms. On Feb. 15, an event will be hosted in Greenwood. Participants will meet in the Aviation Museum parking lot. The walk distance is 10 kilometers.
On March 8, an event will be hosted in Wolfville. Participants will meet at Muddy’s Convenience Store. The walk distance is five to 10 kms.
Finally, there will be an event hosted in Windsor on March 15. Participants will meet in the Central Building Supplies parking lot. The walking distance is 10 kilometers.
Registration for all mentioned events occurs on site. All events will begin at 10 a.m., and are walking only. Members of Hike Nova Scotia are expected to pay $2 to participate. Those who are not members of Hike Nova Scotia can participate for free.
Hike Nova Scotia encourages residents of Nova Scotia to participate in the “Hibernating is for bears” contest and in the organized local events to promote healthy and active lifestyles across the province.