January 8, 2014 - The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails), as the recognized agent for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia, applauds the Federal Government’s announcement of up to $25 million in funding to support the connection of the TCT from coast to coast to coast by 2017, in time for the 150th anniversary of confederation.
“This is particularly great news for NS Trails and our TCT partners here in Nova Scotia,” said Blaise MacEachern, Chair of the NS Trails TCT Committee. “In Nova Scotia, we are just over 42 per cent connected, while nationally the trail is 72 per cent complete,’’ added MacEachern.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper made the announcement yesterday that the Government of Canada will provide additional support over the next four years to complete the Trans Canada Trail, which once fully connected will be a 24,000 kilometre recreational trail that winds through every province and territory from coast to coast to coast. The support will be provided in the form of a matching fund to be administered by Parks Canada. One federal dollar will be provided for every two dollars raised by the Trans Canada Trail.
“Our partners across Nova Scotia, which include community-based volunteer trail groups, the provincial government and in particular the Department of Health and Wellness, municipalities and other stakeholders have been working diligently to make the connection of this legacy trail a reality in Nova Scotia,” said NS Trails President, Holly Woodill. “We still have a lot of work to do here in Nova Scotia but this funding announcement by the Federal Government gives us the confidence that we can achieve connection here in Nova Scotia by 2017.”
About NS Trails:
The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) is a non-profit 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, maintenanceand management stages of recreational trails in communities throughout the province. We are proud to be the provincial partner for the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. For more information visit: www.novascotiatrails.com.
About the Trans Canada Trail:
TCT is a national non-profit organization that supports the development and use of a national Trail network. Partnering with all levels of government and donors, the Trail supports the work of approximately 400 local trail groups through funding and promotion of their efforts to build and sustain one of the world's longest and grandest recreational trails. Currently the Trail is
72 per cent connected and TCT is on a bold mission to complete the Trail by 2017, in time to celebrate 150th anniversary of Confederation. Once fully connected, the Trail will link Canadians from coast to coast to coast through nearly 1,000 communities and across incredible landscapes.
For more information on the TCT, please visit www.tctrail.ca.
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Blaise MacEachern, Chair, NS Trails TCT Committee
Phone: (902) 625-1338
Vanda Jackson, Executive Director, NS Trails
Phone: (902) 718-6424