Hike Nova Scotia and the town of New Glasgow are calling all families, seniors and hiking enthusiasts from far and wide.
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Joanne Mattie and her daughter, Leah, walk the Samson trail every day. Hikes Nova Scotia and the Town of New Glasgow are trying to target families like theirs for a walk, starting at Rotary Park, on Oct. 26.
On Oct. 26, all ages and skill levels are encouraged to meet at Rotary Park and walk the Samson Trail as part of a Fall Guided Hikes program with Hikes Nova Scotia and host organizations.
“We’re hoping they’ll continue hiking afterwards,” says Janet Barlow with Hikes Nova Scotia.
The program is a few years old, but this is the first time New Glasgow has been included as one of the locations.
The 17 hikes are happening all over Nova Scotia during September and October, starting this weekend in Annapolis County.
This year, the hikes are trying to get all ages out for most of the activities.
One way they’re doing this is with their Young Hiker Challenge. All year, children and youth have an opportunity to keep track of how many kilometers they hike to earn the Hiker Distance Award Badge.
The province-wide hike series gives them several chances to increase their distance tallies.
The motivation tool was first used with Girl Guides and received an excellent response, prompting them to expand it.
If youth earn a badge before March 1, 2014, they can enter a draw for a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Co-op.
There will also be an opportunity for “trail prizes,” such as a Nova Scotia Backroad Mapbook, t-shirts and books listing hiking trails in Nova Scotia.
“They have the comfort of being with someone that knows the trail,” Barlow says of the hike series.
The Town of New Glasgow sees it as a chance to get more people exercising on the trails they have to offer.
“A lot of people speak highly of the trail, so we wanted to promote it to a larger audience,” says Norma MacLeod, recreation manager.
Participants can choose if they’d like to walk the full two-km self-guided hike. There will be crafts, entertainment and “other surprises” from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
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