A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 12-21, 2014
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 – (September 18, 2014 )

1) Today hikes, Thursday, Sept. 18th :
a) Acadien -9:00 am.
b) Le Buttereau – 10:00 am.
c) Sunset hike on Skyline – 5:30 pm.


2) Photo Contest 2014 – hikers can submit one photo in the following categories : Flora, Fauna, Scenery, People & Humour.
Deadline for photos – Saturday, October 4. Winners in each category will receive a free Hike the Highlands Pass for 2015
festival. Photos cannot be more than 2 meg. in size or less than 1 meg. email to

3) Check out our great lineup of hikes and evening programs for this year’s festival
4) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Please note when you subscribe you will get another e-mail a bit later (2-3 days) asking you to confirm. The festival is following Canada’s Anti-Spam guidelines &


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 last year’s (2013) group photos.