Don’t hi­ber­nate this win­ter: Go snow­shoe­ing in­stead

Tri-County Vanguard - - Obituaries -

The weather gu­rus say this win­ter will be colder and snowier than past years and Hike Nova Sco­tia says bring it on.

Rather than hi­ber­nate un­til spring, the pro­vin­cial group hopes peo­ple will get out on the trails, per­haps us­ing snow­shoes.

“Some peo­ple think of win­ter as a time to stay in­doors, but we think it’s a great time to ex­pe­ri­ence na­ture and get in some phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity,” says Janet Bar­low, Hike NS Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor. “Now more than ever there are guided win­ter hikes and places where you can bor­row, rent or buy snow­shoes.”

Hike NS and 20 host or­ga­ni­za­tions part­nered up to of­fer the Win­ter Guided Hike Se­ries in Jan­uary, Fe­bru­ary and March. There are 50 hikes are sched­uled provincewide. Hikes are led by local folks and par­tic­i­pants qual­ify to win trail prizes. Hikes are free or low-cost and pre-reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired un­less oth­er­wise in­di­cated. Most are snow­shoe­ing events or just reg­u­lar hikes if there’s no snow.

The full sched­ule with reg­is­tra­tion de­tails and direc­tions is found at www.hiken­o­vas­co­tia.ca. Hikes are listed by date and re­gion (Halifax, South Shore, Val­ley, Fundy, High­land and Cape Bre­ton) and in­clude var­i­ous lengths and dif­fi­culty lev­els.

Wondering where to find snow­shoes? Not to worry, since you can eas­ily find snow­shoes to bor­row, rent or buy us­ing Hike NS’s on­line guide, with over 90 list­ings. There are at least 65 venues listed where you can bor­row them for free.

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