River Philip Bridge marks major milestone for The Great Trail in Nova Scotia


River Philip Bridge in Oxford Represents Major TCT Milestone in Nova Scotia

Halifax, NS (March 4, 2016) – The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) is excited to announce that our province is another step closer to connecting the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia thanks to the installation of a new 180 foot bridge crossing the River Philip in Oxford.

"The bridge has been over a year in the making," says Oxford and Area Trails Association volunteer Gerry McLellan. "It represents a major milestone for our association's work on the TCT."


The bridge over the River Philip cost over a half million dollars. The Trans Canada Trail contributed over $200,000.00 with the remaining funding coming from the Town of Oxford, the Municipality of the County of Cumberland, the OHV Infrastructure Fund, the Province of Nova Scotia, the National Trails Coalition, Scotiabank and local fundraising.

"This bridge is a testament to the determination and dedication of our incredible trail volunteers here in Nova Scotia," says Vanda Jackson, Executive Director of NS Trails. "Volunteers with the Oxford and Area Trails Association have worked tirelessly and have overcome many obstacles to make this bridge a reality."

NS Trails is the provincial partner for the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. "Our goal is to connect the Trail in Nova Scotia by December 2016 in time for Canada 150 celebrations in 2017," says Blaise MacEachern, Chair of the NS Trails TCT Committee. "This bridge closes a major gap in our Phase 1 connection in Nova Scotia and is a critical link to connection to our neighbouring provinces."

"This is a beautiful part of Nova Scotia and a critical project for the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia and we are proud to support it thanks to our generous donors and government partners," says Deborah Apps, President & CEO of Trans Canada Trail. "What an incredible accomplishment for this community!"


Note to Photo Editors:

This photo of the River Philip Bridge is available by request at a higher resolution. Photo credit: Darlene Ellis


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) 631-­1082
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