NS Trails Member Benefits

Belonging to NS Trails, the provincial umbrella organization for recreational trails in Nova Scotia, provides your organization with access to a wide variety of trail resources, information and services as listed below: 

Electronic Newsletter

Members of NS Trails receive frequent news emails from NS Trails that contain important information for our members.  It also strives to recognize the achievements of our members.

Risk Management

NS Trails offers two different group insurance policies to assist our member groups manage risk within their organizations.

Our General Liability Insurance is a joint group policy with the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia.  It offers organizational insurance for those who don't manage trail and trail insurance for those who manage trail or have landowner agreements in place. 

Our group Accident Insurance policy is optional coverage.  It provides coverage to a maximum of 20 volunteers per trail organization should they be injured while conducting trail-related business for their organization.  

Another risk management related program we offer is the Nova Scotia Trail Patrol.  We organize training and support for volunteers who are interested in becoming trail ambassadors to help monitor hazards on trails and educate trail users about trail etiquette and legislation.  The Trail Patrol Program helps all trail users have a safer more enjoyable recreational trail experience and provides peace of mind to landowners.

NS Trails has approved a new risk management policy and is currently working to develop a risk management workshop that will be delivered through webcasting to assist members better manage risk within their organizations.


Trail Construction, Maintenance and Management Advice and Support

  • our members have access to numerous trail-related resources on our website
  • we provide our member groups with support on trail-related issues and can suggest experts and other members across the province who can help overcome obstacles.
  • our new website has a forum that allows trail builders across the province to connect with each other, ask questions and share information.

Conferences, Workshops and Educational Events

  • we notify our members of opportunities to enhance their knowledge and skill sets and meet other like-minded volunteers across the province
  • we organize and partner with organizations to offer workshops and conferences to provide opportunities for volunteers to learn and share their expertise 

Charitable Program

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation is a registered Charitable organization.  We offer a Charitable Program to members interested in applying to participate in the program.  Your organization must have Directors and Officers Insurance to take advantage of this program.  Through the program donations must be made to the Nova Scotia Trails Federation and may be designated to a member organization.  Donors through the program receive an acknowledgement letter and a tax receipt.  It is expected that member groups will also recognize donors.  

Once accepted into our Charitable Program, donations may be made to NS Trails online or by cheque or credit card  

Funding Opportunities

NS Trails maintains an online list of potential funding programs and resources.

The Great Trail

As the recognized agent for the The Great Trail in Nova Scotia we provide planning and development support to communities and trail groups interested in becoming part of this National Trail Legacy. We also are responsible for recommending greenway gap projects for Trans Canada Trail Funding.

Member and Trail Promotion

NS Trails promotes the activities, events and trails of our member groups to our membership, trail stakeholders and the public.  We do this through our news emails and social media networks like Facebook and Twitter.  Simply send us your information and we will disseminate it to the appropriate audiences. This is a wonderful resources for members looking to attract participants to events, trail workshops or volunteer opportunities.

Provincial Government Relationships

NS Trails works closely with provincial government departments on behalf of our members. We receive annual core funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and sit on a joint working group with representatives of the Interdepartmental Committee on Trails in an effort to develop a new trails strategy in consultation with our members and trail stakeholders across the province. We have developed a close working relationship with the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency in an effort to advance the market-readiness of trails in the province.

NS Trails is notified of changes in legislation and consultation sessions that impact the trails movement and NS Trails members receive notification of such changes and opportunities to provide input. 


Youth Engagement

Engaging young people in the trails movement is important to the sustainability of trails and the volunteer trails movement in the province. NS Trails in currently working to develop workshops for our members to provide guidance on best practices for engaging youth in the province.


Should you have any questions or require more details please don't hesitate to contact Executive Director, Vanda Jackson at (902) 718-6424 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 



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