• Trail construction photo
  • Find one of the many breath-taking trails to explore in Nova Scotia. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of NS Trails.
  • Did you know most community-based trails in Nova Scotia are built, maintained and managed by volunteers?
  • Get involved by attending a free trail building workshop!
  • Love our member trails? Show your support by making an online donation to support trail maintenance. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Make trails a part of your active, healthy lifestyle. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Trails have many benefits. They are good for the mind, body and spirit! (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Trails provide places for quality family time and connecting with nature. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Help us connect the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia by 2017! (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Oh what fun it is to play on trails in the winter! (Photo credit: Bettie Spence)
  • Have you been snowshoeing on the Juniper Head Trail in the Gully Lake Wilderness Area yet this winter? (Photo credit: Bettie Spence)

NS Trails Survey

NS Trails is conducting a survey on trail use by women and girls in Nova Scotia and their involvement in the trails movement.  

We would encourage you to take the survey and share the link to ensure as many women and girls as possible participate. We are looking for trail users of all types in addition to those who don't use trails at all. 

The brief survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. To begin, simply click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/NSTrails   

The survey will close on January 26, 2015.  

Thank you to the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness for its financial support in relation to this project.    

We appreciate your participation.

White Hill Summit Award Recipient

Love your community trail?  Let your community trail group volunteers know how much you appreciate their hard work.  Community trails across Nova Scotia exist mostly due to volunteers who manage and maintain them.  

Each year, NS Trails recognizes one volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution to trail development in the province.  This year Stan Slack, President of the the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia was presented with the White Hill Summit Award.  Thank you Stan for all your have done to further the trail movement in Nova Scotia over the years!


NS Trails Volunteer President, Holly Woodill presented the White Hill Summit Award to Stan Slack at the NS Trails Annual General Meeting in June.  Below is an excerpt of Ms. Woodill's speech.

Special Presentation - White Hill Summit Award

Every year it is a pleasure for the President of the Federation to present this award, this year is no exception.  The award, named for the highest point of land in Nova Scotia, recognizes outstanding contribution to the development of recreational trails in the province by a volunteer.

This year’s recipient has been in the business of supporting trails and serving trail users for the best part of 5 decades. Highly respected by all trail users and builders alike. A strong advocate for cooperation and a positive influence on our trails and everyone he meets. Indeed a grand gentleman and proud grandfather. Mr Stan Slack participated in the beginnings of NSTrails back in 1989 at the original Trails for Tomorrow Conference.

You were the second person to serve as President of this Federation and have served several times as President of Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia. Served for many years on the TCT Council now known as the TCT Committee, and I am told you were responsible for bringing the great Vera Stone to the table. Your volunteer service to the trails community is appreciated and recognized by various awards over the years, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Stan has shown a significant commitment and dedication to trail development in Nova Scotia with his longstanding position on the Board of Directors of the Snowmobile Association of Nova Scotia, has been a champion of trail development and has supported and encouraged his fellow board members in their efforts.

As a founding board member and Past President of NSTrails and past and current President of SANS your involvement in this province has helped ensure the success of the trails movement province wide.

Encouraging joint collaboration amoung our members and associations and always available with a helping hand along the trail. Stan you personify everything about volunteering, service, cooperation and a good neighbor.

Nominated by Holly Woodill, President of NSTrails. Supported by Avery Bain, Past Chair of the Dynamite Trail Assoc, and Ted Scrutton, past President NS Trails, and Don Connor, Treasurer.

Mr Stan Slack on behalf of NS Trails and the trails communities in the Province of Nova Scotia, I thank you for dedication to the trails movement and am pleased to present to you the White Hill Summit Award.