A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 9-18, 2016
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 – (Oct. 23, 2015 )

1) Special thanks to all our sponsors who generously donated to the 12th Annual Hike the Highlands Festival – Sept. 11-20, 2015 :
Scotia Bank, Lynn’s Craft Shop, Neil’s Harbour Pharmasave, Neil’s Harbour Co-op, Ingonish Gift Company, Keltic Lodge, Donovan’s Rona, Andrew’s Pizza, Coastal Waters Restaurant, The Seagull Restaurant, Cape Breton Highlands National Park, Main Street Restaurant & Bakery, Ingonish Home Hardware, The Natalus, Nova Scotia Liquor Commission, Sobeys – Sydney River, Atlantic Super Store, North Sydney, Sobets – North Sydney, Hike Nova Scotia, Ingonish Freshmart, Elaine Wallace, Doucette’s Variety, Deron Donovan.  Your contribution is greatly appreciated. Thank-you.

2) Group photos of the hikes in the 2015 Hike the Highlands Festival have now been posted on the website.

3) Photos have been posted on the some of the 2015 Hikers Distance Award receiptants. An honor roll will be posted soon of the hikers who earned pins in this year’s hiking festival.

4)Winners of the 2015 Photo contest for hikers will be announced in the November Festival newsletter.  The 2015 Photo Contest consists of 5 categories – Scenery, People, Humour, Flora & Fauna.  Hikers are allowed one photo per category.

) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming out in November 2015.  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.