Hiking Summit

Here is a video wrapping up the 2024 Hiking Summit!

May 31 - June 2, 2024 in Antigonish
To register for the Hiking Summit, please 1) read through the information below and then 2) click on the big green register button near the bottom of the page! Only up to two adults and two youth can be registered per online form. Specific contact, dietary, health and emergency contact info is required for each person in order to register.

About the Summit
The tenth annual Nova Scotia Hiking Summit is a celebration of hiking culture. Held in a different community each year, the 2024 Summit will take place on May 31, June 1 and June 2 (Friday to Sunday) in Antigonish. Avid hikers, hiking clubs, trail groups, provincial government, municipalities and others will attend. The Summit includes workshops, hiking stories, networking opportunities and, of course, hikes! It will shine a light on the beautiful trails found in and near the Antigonish area, keen trail groups and hiking leaders. Antigonish and area has lots of great hiking opportunities we will showcase throughout the Summit, however many trails sustained significant damage from Hurricane Fiona and some of that will be seen on Summit hikes. 

Hosts, Sponsors & Location
The Hiking Summit is organized annually by Hike Nova Scotia. Our co-hosts are Keppoch Mountain, the Town of Antigonish and the County of Antigonish. The generous sponsors of this year’s Summit include: Town of Antigonish, County of Antigonish, AtlanTick Repellent ProductsDairy Farmers of Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia. We also thank Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore and MP Sean Fraser for their support.

The Summit will take place at Keppoch Mountain (Fri.) and at St. FX University in Antigonish (Sat. & Sun.). 

View the Program & Hikes Before Registering
Included in registration is access to food described below, evening events, morning workshop sessions and guided hikes. You must select one “Hiking Track” for the guided hikes. Please review the Hiking Track Details document before making your choices. This year, we are giving you a choice of guided hike packages for the weekend where for each hiking time slot, a hike is pre-selected for you. You will choose a track and get to complete each hike listed in the track, the only choice you need to make is for which track.

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Program Overview (PDF)

Detailed Program (PDF)

Hiking Track Details (PDF)

Directions to Trails (PDF)

Trail Locations - General Map

St. FX Campus Map 

St. FX Parking Plan

Transportation: You are responsible for finding your own way to the various venues, events and hikes. Hike NS will not organize or provide transportation or carpooling during the Summit. 
Ticks: Spring is tick season, so please come prepared. Learn how to prepare here.
Dogs: Sorry, but to ensure that everyone is comfortable and experiences enjoyable hikes, dogs are not allowed on the Summit’s guided group hikes.

Registration Fee
Click on the green button below to register ASAP. The registration fee covers the whole weekend whether you attend for one, two or three days. Registration costs are:
  • $155.00 for adult non-Hike NS members
  • $131.75 for adult Hike NS current paid members (15% off regular price above) - become a member here
  • $130.00 for youth/students (25 years and under)

Subsidies are available to those from equity-seeking groups. Please contact us if you would like to access one.

The first 150 people to register will receive a Hike NS-branded neck gaiter!

Your Summit registration includes the following food: Friday night reception (finger food - not a meal) with cash bar; Saturday and Sunday mid-morning breaks; Saturday and Sunday lunches; and Saturday evening supper with cash bar. Participants are responsible for all other food not included above. A list of local restaurants is found here. For the hikes, please bring your own snacks. Hike NS will not provide single-serve water bottles for those going on hikes. Instead, we’ll provide a water bottle fill station in the Summit registration area. 

Participants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own accommodation. Research local accommodations using the links below. Be sure to ask for the Summit discount if they have one or ask for the off-season rate:

St. FX room deals (be sure to adjust the dates and hit the blue search button at the top)
The Claymore Inn & Suites room deals 
Other accommodation options
Airbnb options

Whidden Park Campground
Oasis Campground
Keppoch Mountain unserviced camping (contact to reserve)

For organizations and businesses that would like to have a display at the Hiking Summit, please click here to learn more and register.

Cancellation Policy
You may cancel your Hiking Summit registration by May 27 at noon and receive a full refund. Cancellations between May 27 at noon and May 30 at noon will receive a 50% refund. Cancellations after May 30 at noon and no-shows will not be refunded. To cancel your registration, please contact Hike NS. By registering for the Summit, you acknowledge and accept this cancellation policy.

Register: Registration is now closed
Registration will close at the end of the day on May 26. We will not accept walk-in registrations during the Summit. You must register in advance by May 26 or you will be turned away at the door. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email. Check your email spam folder and then contact Hike NS if you do not receive one.

If you missed the registration deadline, please contact Hike NS to be placed on a waiting list.
Co-Hosts & Sponsors


We also thank Sobeys, Atlantic Superstore and MP Sean Fraser for their support.
Help Promote the Summit
Please help promote the Summit! Use this Promo Pieces document (Word file) to cut and paste various write ups for social media and other uses. Here are some social media graphics to download and use: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Download and print this flyer and post in your local community. Thank you. 

Donate to the Summit Silent Auction
Please consider donating an item or experience to Hike Nova Scotia’s 2024 Silent Auction, taking place at the Hiking Summit. Funds generated will support Hike NS’s work. Here is a list of donation ideas.
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