What is hiking? We classify hiking as taking a walk on any trail that was made for walking. This includes everything from wide, crushed rock trails in the city, to narrow, uneven paths that ramble through the forest.
Our Advice to you is to start simple. Pick trails that are rated as easy. Always tell someone where you are going (social media is a great option). Put on a good pair of sneakers and go for a walk. If you choose to go for a long walk maybe take along a bottle of water.
Once you get comfortable with short walks and get a feel for how much water you need (varies depending on weather) consider going a bit farther. On a hike longer than 5 to 10 kilometers you will probably want to bring some snacks. You may also want a small backpack to carry your water and snacks.
Note: Not meant to be an extensize lesson in safety. For more information on each topic Google it!
Don't hike alone and make noise. Moose are more dangerous in the fall when they are rutting and bears are more dangerous with cubs and surprises.
The weather in Nova Scotia is quite variable. When you are wet you get cold fast. Sweat, rain and snow will make you wet.
Drink lots of water. You can only drink it if you bring it or filter it.
Cell reception is provided on each trail page. If you are going outside of cell reception regularly hike with a group or get a satelite GPS messenger.
Always tell someone where you are going and when you will be back. Social media posts can be used if you are in an area with cell reception. Get a first aid kit and learn how to use it.
Buy and LED headlamp and some extra batteries. It will allow you to stay longer and watch the sunset without worry.