Staff at Ski Wentworth try out some of the rental snowshoes available at the hill. Following the Get Up There snowshoe trail from the bottom of the Robin’s Run, it takes about an hour to hike to the top of the mountain.
BIBLE HILL, N.S. – Looking for a way to have some fun with all this snow? Hike Nova Scotia and local organizations have lined up 55 guided hikes this winter.
“There’s just something about floating over the snow on snowshoes in a winter wonderland that brings people out in droves,” says Janet Barlow, executive director at Hike Nova Scotia.
Barlow says every year the list of winter hikes grows and grows, and also the list of places where you can borrow or rent snowshoes keeps growing too.
“We’re seeing this trend right across North America and it seems people are thinking about physical activity and they want to get outside more – even in winter,” says Barlow. “A snowshoe is a neat gadget for walking on the snow and it’s so easy to learn – basically if you can walk, you can snowshoe. I get phone calls asking about workshops and I tell them a workshop would be all of ten minutes.”
Barlow says snow makes the woods and trails a special kind of beautiful and that effect is accentuated at night.
“Moonlight snowshoeing is gorgeous,” she says. “The snow adds extra light and you can see a lot better and it is so quiet in the winter woods with the snow insulating the noise, you can have this silent, silent night. It’s a neat effect.”
Hiro Ozawa leads a recent snowshoe hike at Ski Wentworth. Hike Nova Scotia is teaming up with several local organizations this winter to offer guided tours in the region. (Jonathan Riley/TC Media)
Cody Brown, recreation director in Bible Hill, has scheduled an evening hike this Thursday night.
“I ran one last year as a kind of pilot project, I picked the evening because I wanted a time when the Dal/ NSCC students would be free,” says Brown. “With the full moon and the snow, it really lights up the woods and it gives people a new perspective than they’d normally see otherwise.”
Bible Hill recreation – like the Town of Truro and Municipality of Colchester – lends out snowshoes. Hike Nova Scotia’s webpage includes a list of places to borrow, rent and buy snowshoes.
“If people want to try it out, borrowing from your municipality is a great way to see how fun it is,” says Barlow.
Hike NS and 32 host organizations have partnered up to offer the guided snowshoeing series in January, February and March. Hike Nova Scotia provides each organizer with trail prizes to hand out on each hike.
Hike Nova Scotia publishes a full list of dates, times, registration details and directions on their website at www.hikenovascotia.ca as well as a how-to-snowshoe guide including tips on technique, how to dress and how to buy your own pair.
Hikes in and around Truro
Jan. 12 – Cobequid-Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Trail Snowshoe
The Village of Bible Hill presents a guided snowshoe hike on the Dalhousie Agricultural Campus section of the Cobequid Trail in Bible Hill at 7 p.m. You must register at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-893-8083.
Jan. 22 – Mi’kmawey Debert Snowshoe Hike
The Millbrook First Nation presents a guided snowshoe hike on the Mi’kmawey Debert Trail in Debert at 1 p.m. You must register at email@example.com.
Jan. 28 – Snowshoe and Brew Hike
The Municipality of the County of Cumberland presents a guided snowshoe hike in Springhill at 7 p.m. You must register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jan. 29 – Geocaching the Nine Mile River Trails
The Association of Nova Scotia Geocaching presents a guided geocaching snowshoe hike on the Nine Mile River Trails in Nine Mile River at 9 a.m. Bring your own snowshoes.
Jan. 29 – Cobequid-Farnham Brook Trail Snowshoe Hike
Article Source: Truro Daily