Hibernating is for bears: Snowshoeing gets you outside

Lawrence Powell
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A Hike Nova Scotia contest invites people to take photos of themselves hiking, walking, or snowshoeing and then share them with Hike NS on email, Facebook, and Twitter. The contest runs from January 11 to February 11 and participants could win a prize package valued at $100.

Hike Nova Scotia urges Nova Scotians to get outside rather than hibernate all winter long. Droves of people could be exploring our trails this winter on snowshoes thanks to a series of 35 Winter Guided Snowshoe Hikes. Hike Nova Scotia and 11 partner groups have organized the events between January 11 and March 16 across the province.

“Snowshoeing is seeing a real surge in popularity these last few years,” says Janet Barlow with Hike Nova Scotia. “And our snowier than normal winter – if it continues – is certainly going to spur more people to try snowshoeing.”

The hikes are meant to help get more people outside in winter and being active on our trails. The events are led by local folks and participants qualify to win “trail prizes.” The full list of events is found at www.hikenovascotia.ca. Hikes include the following areas:

  • South Shore
  • Annapolis Valley
  • Pictou County
  • Antigonish County
  • Cape Breton

“We’re hoping that our Hibernating is for Bears contest, in addition to the guided hikes, will encourage folks to get out onto the trails rather than be cooped up inside all winter long,” Barlow says. The contest invites people to take photos of themselves hiking, walking or snowshoeing and then share them with Hike NS on email, Facebook and Twitter. The contest runs from January 11 to February 11 and participants could win a prize package valued at $100.

Hike NS thanks its partners for organizing the hikes on the ground as well as Take the Roof Off Winter, Backroad Mapbooks and Take It Outside for their donations.

Hike Nova Scotia encourages and promotes hiking, walking and snowshoeing throughout Nova Scotia. Membership in Hike NS means keeping up-to-date on the latest hiking news and having a say in its many projects. Hike NS is supported by the Province of Nova Scotia.

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Annapolis Valley, Pictou County Antigonish County Cape Breton

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