Camino Nova Scotia: The Way of St. Columba

An AST summer pilgrimage (2016 dates will be announced in January 2016)

Ever wonder what a pilgrimage is all about?
Need to recharge by unplugging?
Need to give your life a good spiritual and physical shake-up?
Want to connect with other spiritual seekers using the most ancient, low-tech, zero-emission method of transportation?

Camino NS: The Way of St. Columba
is a pilgrimage opportunity along the beautiful South Shore of Nova Scotia. Inspired by the ancient Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain, Camino NS will take you deeper: into yourself, into nature, into community, into God.

Location: Nova Scotia’s South Shore, concluding at the Chapel of St. Columba in Halifax (on the AST campus)

How far? In 2014 and 2015, our pilgrimage route took us along approx. 230 km of beautiful Atlantic coastline, through majestic woodlands, beside sparkling lakes, and near farmers’ fields. The path is very even and almost completely level. The walking distance per day was approximately 25 to 30 km (about 6 hours plus breaks). NOTE: a shorter journey is planned for 2016.

Who is this for? Camino NS is for you if you are:

  • 18 years or older
  • ready for an adventure
  • seeking a spiritual pathway in life
  • part of a faith community, or not: either is fine
  • reasonably fit and healthy (but you don’t need to be an athlete). When you register, you should already be able to walk 1 to 2 hours without a break, and commit to working up to a full day of walking by late May.

Where do pilgrims sleep? We stay in churches with electricity, running water, and restrooms.

Cost: 2016 rates TBD. Includes transfers, guides, accommodations, and all meals.

Academic credit: Course credit is available through Atlantic School of Theology (Directed Study)

To register: A registration form will be available in January 2016.

Print Materials (pdf)

Camino NS is on Facebook!

For more information, contact:

Prof. Rob Fennell, Director of Camino NS
Tel.: 902-425-3298

Camino NS is sponsored by Atlantic School of Theology with the generous support of the United Church of Canada Foundation.