Fall Y on the Move Hikes

Join us as we…

  • explore trails
  • talk about hiking locally
  • meet new people
  • get outside
  • go on an adventure
  • connect with others
  • inspire your mind, body and spirit to thrive


Y Hikes

The YMCA will offer a series of hikes and information sessions this fall. These hikes are free; however, registration is required. No pets.

Hikes are named easy, moderate and challenging. This is based on the length of the route, the time to complete and the terrain. We understand that everyone has their own sense of easy, moderate and challenging; therefore, please use this as a guide only.



Registration is required. Please register 24-hours prior to the hike. Registration is available monthly or per-hike. To register, please contact the YMCA Welcome Desk by phone at (902)-752-0202 or in-person at the Y.


Hike Leaders

Sue and Alasdair are certified hike leaders with the Outdoor Council of Canada.


More about the Y on the Move Program

The YMCA of Pictou County hosts indoor and outdoor community-based pop-up activities that promote active living. The Y on the Move program is supported by the Aberdeen Health Foundation.


For more information, please contact Heather Beaton at heather.beaton@pcymca.ca or call (902) 752-0202

 November Hikes

November 8th – Juniper Head and Gully Lake hike – Challenging Hike 

Meeting Time: 9 a.m. start time  (Hikers should be at the Glen Road trailhead by 8:30 a.m. to ensure a prompt start)

Distance and Timeframe: 19k

Meeting Location: The trailhead is on the Glen Road approximately 3.5 km north of Route 4 between New Glasgow and Truro.  A map of the trailhead location and more detailed description will be sent by email to registered hikers.

Hike Description: A challenging, full-day, 19 km hike through one of Nova Scotia’s great wilderness areas teeming with history!  This hike is for experienced hikers only as it is a true back-country experience with no ‘bail out’ emergency exit places on the trail once the hike begins.

A detailed description of the trails and what to expect, with maps and a gear list, will be sent by email to those hikers that register for this event.  ONLY hikers that pre-register with an email address will be able to participate – there will be NO trailhead registration.

Register at the YMCA.


15 November – Lazy Bay Trail, East Wallace

Meeting Time: 10 a.m.

Distance and Timeframe: 3 km and easy

Meeting Location: TBA

Hike Description: A new and unique trail in Pictou County in that it is on private land owned by Hans Joost (former owner Joost Winery and now Tatamagouche Brewery). People can hike the trail and then enjoy a stroll around Tatamagouche, but only the Lazy Bay Trail section will be guided. The trail is a loop that starts and ends about 200 km from Sunrise Trail at East Wallace.

Register at the YMCA.


22 November – Jitney Connector Trail and top section of Durham Trail starting in Scotsburn

Meeting Time: 10 a.m.

Distance and Timeframe:  6 km

Meeting Location: We will meet at “Deb’s Hidden Cafe” in Scotsburn.

Hike Description: The newest in the Cape to Cape Trail network in Pictou County. About 6 km total on an out-and-back trail and rating is easy-to-moderate. There is one river crossing – there is a bridge, but steep slope down to it.

Register at the YMCA.


29 November – Trenton Park ‘outer trails’

Meeting Time: 10 a.m.

Distance and Timeframe: 6 km and moderate

Meeting Location: Meet at main parking lot in Trenton

Register at the YMCA.


October Hikes

Friday, October 4th – Roys Island, Melmerby Provincial Park

Meeting Time: 10 a.m.

Distance and Timeframe: 6k and app. 2.5 hours

Meeting Location: First building in the park/main change house

Hike Description: This trail will start on the beach. The group will then transition onto the grassy Roys Island Trail. Hiking boots are not needed. This hike is classified as easy.


Friday, October 11th – Fitzpatrick Mountain

Meeting Time: 10 a.m.

Distance and Timeframe: 6.6 km app. 3 hours

Meet Location: Scotsburn Trial Head Kiosk which is next to the Scotsburn Elementary School.

Hike Description: This trail has significant uphill climbs, roots and rocks. Hiking boots are  highly recommended. Hiking poles are a benefit. This hike is classified as moderate.


Friday, October 18th Landsdowne Outdoor Recreational Park (LORDA)

Meeting Time: 10 a.m.

Distance and Timeframe: 3.9 km app. 2 hours

Meet Location: 1480 Landsdowne Rd, Westville

Hike Description: During this hike you will have an opportunity to explore LORDA Park facilities. There are two inclines during this hike.  This hike is classified as moderate.


Friday, October 25th – Greenhill Trail  

Meeting Time: 10 a.m.

Distance and Timeframe: 6.4 km app. 2.5 hours

Meeting Location: Green Hill Provincial Park

Hike Description: This hike will be half on the road and half on a trail. Hiking boots are highly recommended. This hike is classified as moderate; however, there is one steep incline.

Hikes will also take place in November.