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FEBRUARY 24, 2024


The Big CHILL logo

The BIG CHILL is a snowshoe event that offers three challenging distances – 5kms, 15kms & 30kms – set in the beautiful Annapolis Valley. The event fundraises to support youth-at-risk in Annapolis County. 

We encourage you to do the event with others. It's a great way to spend a winter day with friends & family so grab a group and sign up for your distance of choice! Please, note each snowshoer must fill out their own individual registration form and pay their own individual registration fee. Kids 12 & under are free for the 5km*


*Kids 12 & under are free with the registration of an accompanying adult for the 5kms route. ALL participants, regardless of age, must register and complete a waiver.




The BIG CHILL takes place on North Mountain, at the base of a retired ski hill and along wooded trails at 807 Twin Oaks Road, just outside Middleton.


Start Times:

8:00am - 30kms

10:00am - 15kms

2:00pm - 5kms

The safety meeting and dinner is hosted the night before (February 23) by the planning committee at Lawrencetown Education Centre (10 Middle Rd, Lawrencetown, NS.) Full details to be communicated with event participants closer to event.


Registration Fee:


*Kids 12 & under are free with the registration of an accompanying adult for the 5kms route.

Registration includes:

  • access to 5kms, 15kms or 30kms trails on North Mountain 

  • pre-event safety report & meeting

  • on-the-trail event support

  • BIG CHILL swag kit

  • BIG CHILL medal at finish line handed to you by youth the event supports

  • post-event warm meal & beverages


Each snowshoer must reach their fundraising minimum to participate, but of course more is encouraged;)


5kms - minimum $300/person

15kms & 30kms - minimum $500/person


Sign Up:

To participate in The BIG CHILL 2024 follow these steps:

Step 1: Register for the event 


Step 2: Set up Fundraising Page

Once you’ve registered you’ll receive instructions on how to set up your online fundraising page for The BIG CHILL 2024.


Step 3: Pay your Registration Fees

Registration is $60/person (except for kids 12 & under). We accept e-transfers to Be sure to include in the memo area “BIG CHILL” and your full name so we can easily match it up.

What happens if there's no snow on February 24?  

Great question! Being Maritimers, we just roll with it and it goes on as a hike!

Need snowshoes?

Hike Nova Scotia has a great list of places you can buy, rent or borrow them from here.

For more information, please contact 

"Take a moment to think back to when you were young (maybe 10, 11 or 12 years old) and you met that one special adult who gave you a sense of who you were, showed you you were valued, and lead you down your path to success"
- Patty Rose , BIG CHILL Chair

The folks behind The BIG CHILL believe they can provide that and more to the youth-at-risk in Annapolis County. 

Hotel Room



We’ve secured a hotel deal at the Middleton Motel & Suites which is only a 5-minute drive from the trail start. Mention you are doing The BIG CHILL and get a special rate!

A girl feeling sad

Annapolis County has the second-highest child poverty rate in Nova Scotia at 33.7%*. That means that more than 1 in 3 children in Annapolis County live in poverty. 

* According to the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, in the 2021 Report Card on Child and Family Poverty in Nova Scotia.


More than 1 in 3 children in Annapolis County live in poverty.

These numbers are daunting but reflect the importance of supporting youth at risk in Annapolis County through innovative and impactful projects. Thanks to the generous support of BIG CHILLers over the last seven years, many meaningful developments and individual impacts have been made to support the mental, physical and emotional health of youth in our area. 

By participating in and donating to The BIG CHILL you show the youth-at-risk who live there that you see them & believe in them.

In recent years thanks to the generosity and commitment of CHILLers and donors, a multi-use outdoor court in Lawrencetown, Annapolis County was built. This court provides outdoor recreation space for local elementary and high school students, as well as for other youth in the community.


In addition to this project, over the years BIG CHILL funds have supported youth-at-risk through:


  • Innovative outdoor education programming 

  • Providing food, clothing and other necessities to youth and families in Annapolis County

  • Development of community mentoring opportunities 

  • Support in exploring and accessing post-secondary education

  • Workplace readiness and training

  • Transportation to essential, employment  & recreational appointments and opportunities

In turn, these youth give back with their hands-on & service learning to the community.


“I can’t find words to thank you enough for all the wonders you have accomplished. In my eyes, this is quite a miracle. I know how much work you have done and you made it happen!”

Dr. Michele Molinari - Pancreatic Research Doctor


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