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Music and storytelling on the mountain trail

Coxheath Colours and Ceilidh brings attention to spectacular hiking loop

BLACKETT'S LAKE — Fiddlers, pipers and guitarists led the way Saturday for hundreds of hikers who climbed to the top of one of the area’s most spectacular mountain vistas.

Although many came to marvel at the panoramic view and fall colours offered by the Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail, enthusiasts of the year-round hike say it didn’t always garner the attention it deserves.

Lisa Patterson, an organizer of Coxheath Colours and Ceilidh, said the event was launched over a decade ago to bring much needed attention to Coxheath Hills, which offers a grand view of the Sydney River Valley and beyond.

The free event held Saturday afternoon featured musicians along the trail with a piper and storytellers stationed at the summit.

“Back 11 years ago when not that many people knew about the trail, it was a way to create an event to grow awareness but it sort of evolved,” said Patterson.

“We wanted to encourage people to really embrace our trail and it’s worked. The crowd that we have here you will probably see almost as many cars next weekend and the weekend after. We are thrilled year after year with the turnout that we get.”

Helping to grow the popularity of Coxheath Hills is the Celtic Colours International Festival, which lists the annual hike and ceilidh as one of their free community events.

It is estimated that about 400 participants took part in Saturday's event and about 35 to 40 volunteers.

Patterson said hikers are registered before winding their way up the trail. On Saturday, participants were registered from an eclectic mix of places including Scotland, Hawaii and Greece.

As part of the hike, local storytellers were stationed at a wood stove-heated cabin known as Pittman Lodge, including writer Paul MacDougall, Gaelic storyteller Hector MacNeil and poets Deborah Long and Jen Cooper.

“People love it,” said MacDougall. “Some people will stay for 10 minutes, some people will stay for an hour, and some years people will find a corner and they’ll stay there the whole afternoon … it’s rather dynamic.”

At the end of the hike participants were able to attend a traditional ceilidh at the nearby hall with music by Donnie Campbell, Jinks O’Neill and friends. As part of fundraising efforts for the trail, volunteers were selling apple cider, tea and oatcakes.

Alejandra Lopez, who has attended the annual hike for four years, said the Colours and Ceilidh event has become somewhat of a family tradition.

Lopez and her husband Martin Leguizamon are originally from Colombia but moved to Cape Breton six years ago with their children Sofia and Alicia.

“Just to enjoy the outdoors and colours and the great organization with the music,” said Lopez. "It’s a great tradition.”

Leguizamon said the best part of the event is spending outdoor time with family, friends and friendly people.

The Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail is a network of trails that spans about 10 kilometres.

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Alejandra Lopez, far left, along with her children Alicia, 12, Sofia, 10, family friend Lizbeth Hernandez and Lopez's husband Martin Leguizamon stand and watch performer Sylvain Pourtier of France play the fiddle at the start of the Coxheath Hills Wilderness Trail. ERIN POTTIE/CAPE BRETON POST
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Posted Date: October 9th, 2017
Acquired Date: October 11th, 2017
Location: sault ste marie ontario canada

Dan Nystedt
Published on 9 Oct 2017

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As this moose waddled around in the lake, a wolf crept up and tried to hunt it. The wolf and the moose battle it out in the water for several minutes before the wolf gave up. The moose then walked across the lake to get to the other side and away from the wolf and its pack.


This is some persistent wolf...am so glad the moose "got away". Such an interesting drone capture!!

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For all fellow Canadians, have a wonderful day. Happy Thanksgiving!
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The cruise ship Queen Mary 2 as she leaves our Sydney Harbour earlier this evening. Photo taken and shared by professional photographer Rob Romard!!
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