NS Trails welcomes Halifax mayor Mike Savage as Trans Canada Trail champion

July 10, 2015 (Halifax, NS) – The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) is pleased to welcome Halifax Mayor, Mike Savage to a growing list of Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Government Champions across Canada. “Mayor Savage’s support of the Trail will help boost the profile of this project as NS Trails and our member partners work toward meeting the impending connection deadline,” said Blaise MacEachern, Chair of the NS Trails TCT Committee. NS Trails has been the provincial partner for the TCT in Nova Scotia since the project was initiated in 1992.


Mayor Savage joins TCT’s roster of municipal, provincial and territorial governments across the country that have also showed their support for the Trail, with 66 mayors, 11 lieutenant governors and 4 Premiers signing on as TCT Champions.

“The municipality is pleased to be working with NS Trails as it continues efforts to connect the remaining sections of the TCT here in Halifax and across the province by 2017,” said Mayor Savage. “I encourage businesses and residents alike to become part of this nation-building project, which will connect our city to nearly 1000 municipalities across the country in time for Canada150 celebrations.”

Mayor Savage is one of five Trans Canada Trail Government Champions in Nova Scotia, along with Oxford Mayor, Trish Stewart; Truro Mayor, Bill Mills; Pictou Mayor, Joe Hawes; and Nova Scotia Minister of Natural Resources, Zach Churchill.

Alongside government representatives, TCT Champions also include such luminaries as Sarah McLachlan, singer, songwriter; Rick Mercer, Star of CBC’s Rick Mercer Report; Tom Jackson, actor, singer, activist; and Martin Short, actor, author of I Must Say. To see the full list of 168 TCT Champions, please visit http://www.tctrail.ca or the 2015 special feature in The Globe and Mail http://globeandmail2015.tctrail.ca.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Mayor Savage and of so many passionate Canadians who believe in the importance of connecting and maintaining our national Trail,” says Deborah Apps, TCT President & CEO. “Great countries have great trails. Our goal is to leave a lasting legacy—one that promotes healthy outdoor activity and inspires an enduring love for our majestic landscapes, as well as an appreciation for the natural world.”

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About NS Trails:

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) is a non-profit organization and provincially registered charity that represents the interests of trail users and community- based volunteer trail groups in Nova Scotia. NS Trails supports the work of community groups in the planning, building, maintenance and management stages of recreational trails in communities throughout the province. For more information visit: www.novascotiatrails.com.

About the Trans Canada Trail:

The Trans Canada Trail is a nation-building project being realized by provincial and territorial Trail groups across the country. Currently 80 per cent connected, the TCT is on a bold mission to fully connect our national Trail by 2017, Canada's 150th birthday, and to being the natural stage for celebrating our majestic landscapes and our proud Canadian journey from coast to coast to coast. For more information visit: www.tctrail.ca.

Media Contacts:

Vanda Jackson, Executive Director, NS Trails Phone: (902) 718-6424
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Blaise MacEachern, Chair, NS Trails TCT Committee Phone: (902) 625-1338
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Shaune MacKinlay
Office of Mayor Mike Savage (902) 490-4010
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