BY JAMES FW THOMPSON
One thing about living in or visiting Cape Breton is undeniable: we have some beautiful scenery. This is especially true in the autumn. Whether it’s the changing autumn leaves, the crisp spray of the ocean on a cooling evening, or a sunset that happens just a little bit earlier, fall in Cape Breton is the place to be. And now, CBRM Recreation has an even better opportunity for all of these things to be enjoyed!
A new trail series has just been announced by the CBRM which will encourage year round use of all trails around the CBRM.
The season begins with an ‘End of Summer’ session taking place September 23 to 30. The sessions will include guided lunch hour hikes, on-trail activities, and lots of other programs based around the trails. The sessions will also introduce the ’52 Hike Challenge’ which encourages people to discover all of the physical, mental, etc. benefits of hiking by doing so once a week for a whole year.
But it’s not just a chance to wring every ounce of summer out of the season. There will also be fall sessions including a Halloween Hike at Night, October 21 to 28. The winter trails offer the ‘Walk All Over Winter’ guided snowshoeing adventure, and in the Spring there will be a multi-trail capture the flag challenge. Of course, there will be plenty more in each season which will be announced as each season approaches.
“The Trails Series offers events and programs to inspire people to explore our CBRM trails; it also offers the ability to experience each trail differently with each season. We are encouraging both new and experienced trail users to get involved in these free activities” says Charlotte MacDonald, Program Coordinator with the CBRM Recreation Department.
Even if you don’t take part in the coordinated trail activities (though I suggest you do! I mean, c’mon—they’re free and you need to do more walking anyway; you’ve been saying so all year), get out there an enjoy the trails for that they have to offer.
See you on the trails!