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.