Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Walking in Gillis’ footsteps

Walking in Gillis’ footsteps

Linus Gillis hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Linus Gillis hiking on the Appalachian Trail.

Published on May 4, 2011
Stephen Brun
The Journal Pioneer

SUMMERSIDE - Friends of Linus Gillis have organized a memorial tip-to-tip walk in his honour this month.

Gillis, a native of Miscouche, began long-distance walking in 2003 when he trekked from North Cape to East Point on the Confederation Trail.

In 2008 at age 60, he took on the ambitious challenge of hiking the 2,175-mile Appalachian Trail, which travels through 14 American states between Georgia and Maine.

Gillis passed away at age 61 in May 2010, as he was attempting to conquer another long-distance trail in Terradillos de los Templarios, Spain.

One year later, Gillis' family and friends have put together a memorial walk to commemorate his 2003 tip-to-tip voyage.

The journey begins May 14 at 9 a.m. in North Cape, and culminates May 24 in East Point.

The group will also have a celebration of Gillis' life when they arrive at the home of his widow, Faye, on Kelly Drive in Miscouche on May 17.

Gillis' friend Bill McFadden said the walk is intended to be a memorial and not a fundraiser but, if participants wish to donate money, they can do so to the International Children's Memorial Place in Scales Pond.

More information on the event can be found at Those interested in participating can contact McFadden at

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