Photo above: "Parting of the Boughs" ceremony at the official opening of Founders Trail in Trenton Park. (Left to right): David Hoffman, Director Trans Canada Trail Foundation; Trenton Mayor, Glen MacKinnon, Trenton Town Councillor, Fergie MacKay; Sally O'Neill, Active Pictou County; and Wilson Cameron, NS Trails Director.
Founders Trail in Trenton park was officially opened on Valentine's Day with a “Parting of the Boughs” ceremony. This newest section of Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia brings the Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails), a step closer to reaching our 2017 connection deadline. NS Trails is the provincial partner for the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia and our partners and volunteers are working hard in communities like this one across the province to connect gap sections of the TCT in time for Canada's 150th birthday celebrations.
This project was particularly exciting because of the involvement of the Nova Scotia Youth Conversation Corps. “If our community trails across the province are to be sustainable into the future, we need more youth volunteers,” said Wilson Cameron, a Director with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails). “NS Trails invites youth and all Nova Scotians to help us connect our province to this national legacy trail connecting over 1,000 communities from coast to coast.”
So far the Trans Canada Trail has contributed more than $20,000 to greenway trail development in the park and has approved an additional $40,000 for Phase 3 of the project.
(Left to right): Dave Hoffman, Oxford & Area Trails Association and Trans Canada Trail, Trish Stewart Mayor of Oxford, Keith Hunter, Municipality of Cumberland Warden, Bill Baker Municipal Councillor, Gerry McLellan, Oxford & Area Trails Association and Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong.
(Left to right) Dave Hoffman Oxford & Area Trails Association and TCT rep, Gerry McLellan Oxford & Area Trails Association (Trail Expert), Darlene Ellis Oxford & Area Trails Association and Oxford Town Councillor and MP Scott Armstrong.
Happy trails news yesterday for Oxford & Area Trails Association volunteers and supporters! On February 12, the federal government announced $130,000 in funding via the National Trails Coalition for building a further section of the Trans Canada Trail through the town of Oxford. This trail will extend the Oxford to Wallace rails to trails line to Main Street in the town of Oxford and will include a bridge to cross River Philip.
On behalf of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and the Oxford & Area Trails Association (OATA), David Hoffman, President of OATA, said “We are absolutely delighted to be receiving this funding which will enable us to complete the River Philip bridge and this important section of the Trail. As well as creating a 5km loop around and through the Town of Oxford for local recreational use, it is a critical connection for the Trans Canada Trail on its way to completion in time for the 150 year celebration of Canada’s Confederation in 2017. This represents the culmination of over 20 years of hard work and planning to build a route through Oxford. It will be built this year, thanks to the funding groups and in particular the contribution from the Federal Government.”