Hiker Challenge

The Hiker Challenge is all about inspiring, motivating and rewarding you - especially new and novice hikers - for getting out on Nova Scotia’s beautiful trails to start hiking or to hike more. It’s tailored to showcase the best of the province while providing helpful and fun challenges in doing so. Your challenge is to hike certain distances or in certain regions over the course of a year. Your reward for completing each challenge is a badge to show off on clothing or backpacks, as well as being listed on our Honour Roll. There is a cost for most badges, but some are free. Each season we’ll do a prize draw including everyone who has earned a badge in the last three months. Prizes are gift cards generously provided by our partner The Trail Shop. So get your hike on and take the Hiker Challenge! 

Honour Roll - view who has earned badges so far!

Keep track of your distances: Download and print this logbook or try an online app.

Have questions about how it works? Check out our Rules and Q & A document.
Hiker Challenge Prize Draw: Winners

A prize draw for the Hiker Challenge was held on June 1, 2024 for those who earned badges this spring. Congratulations to the winners of gift cards generously provided by The Trail Shop Halifax:
  1. $100 gift card: Sidney Shreenan, Fall River
  2. $50 gift card: Stephanie Welton, Yarmouth
  3. $25 gift card: Julia Cunningham, Halifax

The application deadline for badges earned this summer is  August 31, 2024 for the September prize draw!

The Challenges
New Regional Hiker Challenge Badges
Click on a badge below to learn more about how to earn it.


The Core Hiker Challenge Badges
Click on a badge below to learn more about how to earn it.

Youth Distance Badge

Guides, Scouts and similar youth groups can earn their Distance Badges with this special challenge.
The Youth Distance Badge is supported by the Uplifted Program, which is funded and managed by Halifax International Airport Authority.

Apply for your badges here. Only do this after you've completed a challenge!

Apply for Youth Distance badges for Guides, Scouts & youth groups here.

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