BNS Newsletter

The “Heartland Tour” Rolls Out Again This JulyBNS Logo



Posted in the Bicycle Nova Scotia newsletter, June 2015

2015 marks the ninth consecutive year for the Heartland Tour. Presented by the Cardiac Cycling Society of Nova Scotia, the Tour promotes active living with the objective of encouraging more Nova Scotians to improve their personal health status. This not only benefits the individual and their family, but it also helps reduce the demand on our over-burdened health care system. Regular exercise and good eating habits are well-known contributors to improved health outcomes and, more generally, to an improved quality of life.


Prime Minister Harper comes to Truro!


We aren’t sure if PM Harper rides a bike or not, but now he knows about the HeartLand Tour!

On a recent stop in Truro Raj Makkar (Truro’s community organizer) had a couple of t-shirts for Stephen Harper and Scott Armstrong.

Public awareness and getting the word out is a big part of what we do, and it’s great to have the support of our politicians to help with the cause!

Nice photo Raj!



Heart&Stroke Walkabout

36736_437357352958_578832_nThe HeartLand Tour is very proud to be partnering with the Heart&Stroke Walkabout to bring walks to Halifax, New Glasgow, and Bridgewater on the tour this year!

The goal of the walkabout is to help Nova Scotians discover the joy of walking and realize the physical and mental benefits of walking within their communities.

Even if you don’t ride a bike, the HeartLand Tour has ways to help you get active!

You can learn more about the Walkabout program here –

HeartLand Tour Jerseys

Anyone interested can order Heartland Tour jerseys via the link below for the price of $65/jersey (taxes included) up until May 6th.

This year our jersey is gold, white, and black, and features a unique harlequin pattern that is sure to be a great looking Jersey!

Logos may change slightly from what is shown here.

They will be available at the registration desk on the day of the tour.
Jerseys are final sale and we will not be able to exchange sizes.

Link to online order form:

Link to sizing chart:

Thank you for supporting the HeartLand Tour by purchasing a jersey!



HLT Sponsor Event at Murphy’s on the Water

On November 19th the HeartLand Tour hosted a reception for sponsors at Murphy’s on the Water in Halifax.

Several sponsors were in attendance,  the staff at Murphy’s were great, and the food was exceptional!

It gave us a chance to say thank you to some of our sponsors, and discuss how to make 2015 even better!


A big thanks to those who came out!

HLT 2014 Medical Study: Do You Care-AF

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The Do You CARE-AF study aims to see what the level of AF and stroke risk is in people across the province of Nova Scotia.
Anyone over the age of 18 is welcome and all patients taking Warfarin are welcome to partake in this simple and free evaluation to help understand their risk and hopefully outline some ways to lower the risk of stroke!

The Heartland Tour bus!

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We’re excited to announce that we will be riding in style this summer on a special HeartLand Tour bus! A huge thank you to Ambassatours Gray Line Charter and Tours for this awesome opportunity and to key sponsors BMO Financial GroupLawtons DrugsEastlinkFarmers Dairy andDalhousie University!

We also cannot forget our volunteers who put in many hours completing this project- thank you Ian MacRae of Spitfire signs and Pete Lawrence from Pointe Design Group! Keep an eye out for the bus in the coming months as it travels throughout Atlantic Canada and share your photos here when you spot it in your community!

HLT Sponsor Event at the Bicycle Thief

On November 25th the HeartLand Tour hosted a reception for sponsors at The Bicycle Thief in Halifax. Several sponsors were in attendance and the Bicycle Thief was the perfect venue to discuss our 2014 programs and events! A big thanks to those who came out and to the Bicycle Thief for being an amazing host!

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Trips For Kids

Trips For Kids Yarmouth and the NS HeartLand Tour attend the Yarmouth Running Expo


HeartLand Tour volunteers Jack and Clare attended the first ever Yarmouth Running Expo this October to promote Trips for Kids (TFK) Yarmouth Cycling Program and the NS HeartLand Tour. There was a great crowd and they met many 2013 HLT participants at the event while promoting the HLT and TFK. We hope this will result in an even bigger turnout at the HLT Yarmouth event in 2014!

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