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 – (September 29, 2014 )

1) A big thank-you goes out to all the hikers, volunteers, board, partners and sponsors for making the 11th Annual Hike the Highlands festival a successful one. Thanks for your great support and involvement. Great appreciated by HTHF team.

2) Thank-you to Our Partners in the 2014 festival which included Cape Breton Highlands National Park, ECBC/ACOA, Les Amis du Plein Air, NSTA/DCBA. And big thank-you to our Sponsors – Main Street Restaurant & Bakery, Ingonish Home Hardware, Coastal Waters Restaurant & Pub, Lynn’s Craft Shop & Gallery, Groovy Goat Farm & Soap, Neil’s Harbour Pharmasave, Neil’s Harbour Co-op, Scotiabank, Donovan’s Rona, Andrew’s Pizza.

3) Photo Contest 2014 – hikers can submit one photo in the following categories : Flora, Fauna, Scenery, People & Humour.
Deadline for photos – Saturday, October 11. 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

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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.