Halifax, NS (June 3, 2016) – Nova Scotians are invited to join the Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) and volunteer trail groups across the province to celebrate the 14th annual International Trails Day this Saturday June 4, 2016.
"International Trails Day is a day to celebrate the trails in your local community and recognize the trail volunteers whose dedication and hard work made these exceptional recreation spaces a reality," says Vanda Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of NS Trails.
The official opening of the River Philip Bridge by volunteers of the Oxford and Area Trails Association over the River Philip in Oxford is one of the highlights of International Trails Day 2016. The bridge, part of the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia, is an important milestone in reaching 100 per cent connection in Nova Scotia by 2017.
"We chose International Trails Day to celebrate the opening of the River Philip Bridge because it's a perfect day to honor our trail volunteers and supporters for everything they've accomplished to see this bridge put in place," says Oxford and Area Trails Association secretary Darlene Ellis. "It's one more step towards connection not only for Cumberland County, but for Nova Scotia and the rest of Canada and we wanted to be a part of the action."
International Trails Day is a day members of the Nova Scotia trails community celebrate their trails and volunteers. Nova Scotians are encouraged to join in the celebrations by attending one of the planned events across the province or by simply getting outdoors to enjoy one of their favourite trails. Visit www.internationaltrailsday.com for a full list of events in Nova Scotia.
About International Trails Day:
International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails, trail volunteers and trail development along with the healthy lifestyle that recreational trails encourage. It was founded by the Nova Scotia Trails Federation and is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June. This year, June 4th marks the 14th anniversary of International Trails Day. For more information visit: www.internationaltrailsday.com
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.
Vanda Jackson Chief Executive Officer, NS Trails
Phone: (902) 718-6424
Blaise MacEachern Chair, NS Trails TCT Committee
Phone: (902) 631-1082