A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 8-17, 2017
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. 16, 2017)

1) Day 8 – The Classics was the big story. Check out the blog post for Day 8 highlights and photos.  

2) Weather forecast for Day 9– Sept. 16, 2017, A mix of sun and cloud. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind becoming west 20 km/h near noon. High 24. Humidex 29. UV index 6 or high. Today’s hikes are in Slatey Point at 9 am., Coastal – Jigging Cove at 10 am. and Freshwater Lake & Look-off at 2 pm. Closing ceremonies and social tonight beginning at 7:00 pm. at festival headquarters.

3) The 8th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge was a great success on Saturday, July 15, 2017.  Aspy, Tenerife and Coastal were the three trails in 2017.  Thanks to all the teams for your great support of this event.

4) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming early August 2017.  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 2017 schedule of hikes is now up on the website. There are some new hikes for 2017 as well some back from the past.

3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 8th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge took  place Saturday, July 15, 2017.   Hike 3 mountains in one day. Thanks to all the teams for your great support.  2017 event photos. 


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 (2015) group photos.