A Fall Hiking Festival in the spectacular Cape Breton Highlands.

Hike the Highlands Festival
September 14-23, 2018
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.21, 2018)

1) Register Online  for the 15th Anniversary of Hike the Highlands Festival – Sept.14-23,2018.  The first 100 hikers who register online will receive a special gift from the festival.  2018 Hike the Highlands Festival brochure online and in pdf file format.

2) Message Board – Today’s (Fri. Sept. 21st) hikes: – a) Red Island  9:00 am.,  b) Franey 10:00 am. and c) Warren Lake -Sunset Hike & BBQ -4:00 pm. The weather today -Sunny. Increasing cloudiness in the afternoon. Wind becoming south 20 km/h in the afternoon. High 15. UV index 6 or high.

3) Subscribe to our regular monthly newsletter and keep up with all the news. Our next newsletter will be coming out shortly, end of September 2018.  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 2018 schedule of hikes  on the website. There are some new hikes for 2018 as well some come back from the past. 


3 Peaks Challenge

3 Peaks Challenge

The 9th Annual Cape Breton Highlands 3 Peaks Challenge will take place Saturday, July 21, 2018.   Hike 3 mountains in one day. This event is sold out. Thanks to all the teams for your great support.  2017 event photos. 


Smokey Towers


A tradition started by our guide co-ordinator, Lisa Dixon, each hike we ask everybody to get together for a group photo. Here are 2017 Group Photos featured