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Guided Outings

Hikers, walkers and paddlers in Nova Scotia have a chance to go on free guided tours of the province's wilderness areas, nature reserves and heritage rivers.

Five Bridge Lakes Wilderness Area

Canoe/Kayak Paddling Adventure
May 31, 2014 - 9:30 AM

Join Nova Scotia Environment staff on a canoe/kayak trip through this wilderness area. This guided tour will paddle around Hubley Big Lake, stop on a sandy beach or campsite for lunch, followed by a 500 to 1000m hike to Upper Five Bridge Lake. This route also provides access to the fourth loop of the Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail. This event is designed for those with previous canoe/kayak experience so participants are required to provide their own canoes or sea kayaks, plus safety gear. Bring lunch, drinks, insect repellent and extra clothing for this all-day portage-less trip. Participants are asked to meet at the end of Big Hubley Lake Road. Take Hwy 103 to exit 4, follow along Hwy 3 St. Margaret's Bay Road approximately 2.5 km to Hubley Road. Turn right on Hubley Road, continue west for 500m to Big Hubley Lake Road. Follow Big Hubley Road south to the end of the road. Pre-register with Peter Bush by May 18 at bushpg@gov.ns.ca. or (902) 424-0202. Rain date: Saturday, June 7th at 9:30 AM.

Janvrin Islands Nature Reserve (pending)

Paddling the Coastal Islands of Isle Madame
June 7, 2014- 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Participants will kayak to several undisturbed coastal islands and barrier beaches comprising of the Janvrin Island Nature Reserve (pending). The route will pass through sheltered bays and more exposed headlands where paddlers will enjoy the beautiful coastal scenery, abundant bird life and rich aquatic and shoreline habitats. Pre-registration is required and participants will be provided with additional information at that time. An extra set of dry clothing in a waterproof storage bag is recommended. Bring water, lunch, weather appropriate clothing and sun protection. Participants will meet at West Arichat. This event is for adults only. Participants must have their own kayaks and paddles, plus all required personal safety equipment. Sponsored by NS Department of Environment. Contact David Williams at (902) 563-3428 or (902) 578-1768 or email williadc@gov.ns.ca. Rain date: Saturday, June 14 from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Shingle Lake Nature Reserve (pending)

Paddle and Explore Shingle
June 14, 2014- 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Join Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia and NS Department of Environment (Protected Areas and Ecosystems branch) for a leisurely circumnavigation of Lunenburg County's picturesque Shingle Lake and a visit to the adjacent soon to be designated nature reserve. We plan to explore the lake's scenic western basin, including the sheltered Cow Moose Bay and The Lagoon. There will no portages. The event is open to all paddlers and there is no charge. Bring your own canoe or kayak, required safety gear, food, water and sunscreen. Don't forget a bathing suit! Participants will meet in the nearby community of Pleasant River (near the bridge near the corner of Frank Road) on Hwy 208 at 9:30 AM. To pre-register contact Dusan Soudek at soudekd@ns.sympatico.ca or (902) 422-1045 (evenings). Rain date will be Saturday, June 28 from 9:30 AM to 1 PM.

Economy River Wilderness Area

Kenomee Canyon Trail - The Trail Build Weekend
June 28, 2014- 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Kenomee Trail Society has managed the Kenomee Canyon Trail for fourteen years. Hikers have enjoyed our signature system with its only formal campsites within the Wilderness Area system. 2014 marks the year for hikers to give back to the trail. The weekend build will involve clearing the trail ROW, tread hardening and minor rerouting. Partipants will meet at the Economy Interpretive Centre at 8:30 AM each day. For those who wish to camp, camping will be at Murphy Brook Falls. Breakfast will be provided. Dress for weather conditions and wear sturdy footwear, bring work gloves, insect repellent, sunscreen, lots of water and snacks/lunch. Sponsored by Kenomee Trail Society. Contact Garnet McLoughlin (902) 647-2271 or mclaughlins@vrodinternet.com for registration.

Bluff Wilderness Trail

Family/Youth Day on The Bluff Wilderness Hiking Trail
July 19, 2014 -10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

We will hike the first loop of The Bluff Trail (7.7 km) with a shorter return option (approx 5 km), stopping for activites at a barrens site, an oak woodland, and a stand of old growth Acadian forest. Activities will include natural history observations, nature notes, and a geocaching with GPS and compass/map versions. Dress for weather conditions and wear hiking boots (no sandals!). Bring water, lunch, a whistle (a must), notebook and pencil. Bring a GPS device, a compass and camera if you have them. Pre-registration is required as space is limited to 35. Participants will meet at the parking lot for The Bluff Trail). Sponsored by the Woodens River Watershed Environmental Organization. Register at http://www.wrweo.ca/parkevent. Raindate: Sunday, July 20 from 10 AM to 4 PM.