A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 11-20, 2015
Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada

A ten day hiking festival on the Cabot Trail and Northern Cape Breton that features guided hikes, evening activities & presentations, the hiker distance award, opening & closing ceremonies and a photo contest.

Festival Updates & News – (Sept. 20, 2015 )

1) Day 10 of the festival, Sept. 20,  features the last hike of the Festival – Franey at 10:00 am.  Register & check in at the trailhead at least 30 minutes before the hike starts. Weather forecast – Mainly cloudy Showers beginning this morning and ending late this afternoon then 40 percent chance of showers or drizzle. Amount 5 mm. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind south 20 km/h gusting to 40 increasing to 40 gusting to 60 near noon then becoming southwest 30 gusting to 50 late this afternoon. High 23.

2)  You can still register for the festival however snail mail & online is not an option anymore.  You can register  at the Trailhead 30 minutes before the hike starts.

3)  2015 Photo contest for hikers consists of 5 categories – Scenery, People, Humour, Flora & Fauna.  Hikers are allowed one photo per category. Deadline for submissions is Sept. 30.

4) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming out in October after the festival. Please note when you subscribe to our newsletter, you will get another e-mail a bit later asking you to confirm. The festival is following Canada’s Anti-Spam guidelines & regulations approved in 2014. 


Come Hike with Us!

Hiking Cape Breton Highlands

A Great Line-up of Hikes

 The schedule of hikes provides additional information to help you plan for this year’s festival. You can register online or offline. Our 2015 Hike the Highlands Brochure is available now to download.

3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 6th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge is now over. This event involved hiking 3 Mtns. in one day. Check out photos of the 2015 event.


Smokey Towers


A tradition started by our guide Lisa Dixon, each hike we ask everybody to get together for a group photo. Here are last year’s (2014) group photos.