We are not quite out of the cold yet, but we are already starting to gear up for the hiking season ahead. Soon it will be time to get out in the great outdoors, get active and get together.
The Cape to Cape Committee is a non-profit organization, in association with Pictou County Trails and Active Pictou Living, that is dedicated to promoting, maintaining and expanding the trails of Nova Scotia. The Cape to Cape Committee, along with surrounding communities from Cape George to Cape Chignecto, are part of a collaborative effort to establish a long distance footpath following historical routes that accentuate the beauty of our great province including the Northumberland Strait and the Bay of Fundy.
More specifically there is an ongoing project that the Cape to Cape Committee has been working on here in Pictou County. It is the Cape to Cape Trail, a community based trail system that is right in the middle of this larger scale project (of the Trans Canada Trail). In an attempt to promote active living, connect our communities and share in a network of surrounding trails Cape to Cape will be organizing weekly hikes from May through October 2014.
Many hikes will be in the Pictou County area, with some organised hikes in neighbouring communities. There is no charge for these hikes and everyone is welcome. Our first hike this year is slated for May 4 in Salt Springs. If anyone has any ideas for organized adventures or would like to promote an outdoor event they ask that you contact them and share your ideas.
They are always looking for interested people who would like to participate in the organized trail maintenance days as it takes a lot of work preparing these trails for use. These are working hikes where they may need to build a bridge, remove fallen brush, move rocks, lop branches or add signs. No prior experience is necessary. All you need is sturdy footwear and a desire to get out in nature.
There is an annual general meeting for the Pictou County Trails Association on April 30 at 7 p.m. at the New Glasgow Library. This meeting is open to all and is a great introduction to getting started or reviving an interest in local trails.
They said they had a great year last year with a growing number of users on our trails. These hikes will be advertised in the community events section of The News. If you would like to be added to their list for scheduled hikes and other events please email Natalie at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at capetocapetrail.com.