In­go­nish to host 2018 Hike NS Sum­mit

The Victoria Standard - - Sports - JEN­NIFER RI­P­LEY

Win­ning the bid for the 2018 Hike Nova Sco­tia Sum­mit was the first step. Now or­ga­niz­ers are build­ing a vol­un­teer base to help pull it off.

The 7th an­nual Hike NS Sum­mit will take place at the Keltic Lodge May 13-15, 2018. An Or­ga­ni­za­tion Part­ner­ship Com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing Vic­to­ria County’s Phys­i­cal Ac­tiv­ity Strat­egy Co­or­di­na­tor Vince For­re­stall, is over­see­ing the plan­ning.

"My vi­sion is to bring the Sum­mit to nature's home, In­go­nish, and re­ally show­case our great nat­u­ral as­sets." said For­re­stall. “We want to give the par­tic­i­pants a great hik­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and show them the great trails that we have, es­pe­cially in the Cape Bre­ton High­lands Na­tional Park."

The or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee’s goal is to draw 200 at­ten­dees from across the Mar­itimes and Que­bec. For­re­stall hopes to re­cruit 30 vol­un­teers to help with set up, regis­tra­tion, guid­ing hikes and more.

A sub-com­mit­tee headed by Percy Ras­mussen has been struck to re­cruit and co­or­di­nate vol­un­teers. An in­for­ma­tion night will take place Nov. 16 at the Smokey Re­cre­ation So­ci­ety build­ing, next to the out­door rink in In­go­nish. Any­one in­ter­ested in vol­un­teer­ing is en­cour­aged to at­tend.

The week­end will in­clude hik­ing and skills work­shops as well as so­cial events such as camp­fires and films. In addition, the Cape Bre­ton Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre So­ci­ety has part­nered to in­clude pro­gram­ming for chil­dren, youth and fam­i­lies all week­end. Vol­un­teers get a regis­tra­tion pass so they can par­tic­i­pate in the Sum­mit when not vol­un­teer­ing.

Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing can con­tact Percy Ras­mussen at percy.ras­mussen@hot­mail.com.

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