Executive actions for coming months

As the CEO is not available to return to NS Trails until at the earliest the end of July, NS Trails has taken the following actions:

  1. Geoff Smith, Communications and Administrative Assistant, will be kept on for at least three months following the CEO's return. Geoff's duties have been extended beyond the scope of communications.
  2. Holly Woodill is taking leave from the position of Chair of the NS Trails Board of Directors in order to assist NS Trails with work that has to be done. This will continue until the CEO returns. 
  3. Vince Sawler, Vice-Chair, will serve as the acting Chair until the NS Trails Annual General Meeting on June 10.

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Nova Scotia Trail Patrol title change

During the Nova Scotia Trails Federation board of directors meeting on February 11, 2017, a decision was reached to simplify the title of the trail patrol program to the Nova Scotia Trail Patrol.

Trail Patrol members were formerly known as “trail wardens,” which many felt may not convey our passion for trails and our communities or the Trail Patrol’s vital role as ambassadors of trail in Nova Scotia.

The Nova Scotia Trail Patrol is comprised of volunteers from various community trail groups and trail user groups across Nova Scotia. Existing Trail Patrol volunteers are advised to not remove the “trail warden” patch from their vests, but may black out the “warden” part of their patch if they wish. Please keep in mind that marker ink may run in the rain.

Another Trail Patrol training session is coming up in spring 2017; please stay posted for details. A new training manual for the Trail Patrol is under development by NS Trails and will continue to be inclusive of all user types and trails. This requires the manual to be vetted by all user groups and the Risk Management Committee. 

Snowshoeing snowballs in NS

If there’s snow this winter, you can bet that one of the most popular outdoor activities will be snowshoeing. For those who are curious or who received a new pair under the Christmas tree, Hike NS and its partners across the province have lined up over 50 guided snowshoe events.

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Youth workshop reaches new generation of trail builders

New Germany Rural High School students took their learning outside at the November 17, 2016 Youth Trail Building Workshop, held at a developing recreation site known as the River Ridge Commons

The 28 NGHRS students were joined by a dozen students from NSCC's Natural Resources Environmental Technology program, who were on site for an ecological tour. Some NGHRS students opted to join the NSCC tour, while the other half worked on a section of trail along Ross Brook.

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East Hants joins Trans Canada Trail

With much excitement, the Municipality of East Hants officially connected to the Trans Canada Trail on October 12, 2016. Two new parks now adorn the Shubenacadie River, forming part of the water route section of The Great Trail. Both Wickwire Station Park in Milford and Brickyard Park in Lantz offer floating docks, picnic areas, look-off views and a hiking trail.

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Municipality of East Hants opens new section of The Great Trail

(MILFORD, NS) October 12, 2016 – The Municipality of East Hants has officially opened two new river parks along the Shubenacadie River: Wickwire Station Park in Milford and Brickyard Park in Lantz. The parks join Shubie River Park in Shubenacadie as part of the water route section of The Great Trail and offer floating docks, picnic areas, look-off views and a hiking trail.

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Chignecto Ship Railway Trans Canada Trail section opens


DATE: Sept. 9, 2016  

The Cumberland Snowmobile Club is pleased to announce the completion and opening of the Chignecto Ship Railway Trans Canada Trail.  A small celebration and ceremony will be held on Monday, September 12th at 11:30am on the trail at the Pipeline Shelter in Tidnish, NS.

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Build a bothy and they will come

Pictou County Trails Association

Cape to Cape Trail Committee 



Hikers in Nova Scotia will soon be able to enjoy a warm, dry night in a bothy.   Built by volunteers and students and made possible by donations of funds and materials, the design and  construction was guided by the skill of a staff member of the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.

A bothy?

Aware of the Scottish heritage of Pictou County, when trail volunteers decided to build a fixed roof shelter for hikers on the Six Mile Brook Trail they borrowed a term from the highlands of Scotland.  Originally a hut or cottage built for farm labourers or as a mountain refuge, a "bothy" today is commonly used by our friends across the pond for a basic structure for use, free of charge, by anyone needing shelter along hiking trails.

On June 25 volunteers with the Pictou County Trails Association will officially open the Jack and Doris McLachlan Bothy, the first permanent shelter built for hikers on mainland Nova Scotia outside a  national park.  Another first for Pictou County. 

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