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 that features guided hikes, evening activities & presentations, the hiker distance award, opening & closing ceremonies and a photo contest.

Festival Updates & News – (October 30, 2014 )

1) A big thank-you goes out to all the hikers who submitted photos to the 2014 Photo Contest. The winners have been announced. You can view the winning photos here.

2) Hiking Gadgets – If you like hiking and enjoy taking photos, here are two gadgets to help you get the photo or video quicker. They are a strapshot by cotton carrier that hooks on to your shoulderstrap in the front of you daypack and a stickpic that hooks on to your hiking pole. Check out this article on our blog.

3)  Hike the Highlands Festival now has a song thanks to the generosity of fellow hiker Terry Smith.  This song was performed at the Closing ceremonies and received a standing ovation. The song was later recorded, photos added and a video developed for youtube. Below is the video.

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Come Hike with Us!

Hiking Cape Breton Highlands

A Great Line-up of Hikes

The festival is pleased to announced its 2014 schedule of hikes. New in 2014 – Mica Hill, Ski Cape Smokey, Coastal to Beach. Returning include Cape St. Lawrence, Money Point Light, White Point to Burnt Head and more.

3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 5th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place July 19, 2014. This event involves hiking 3 Mtns. in one day,  Roberts Mountain, Sugar Loaf, and Franey. Register early.. this event fills up fast. 


Smokey Towers


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