Pictou County Trails Association
Cape to Cape Trail Committee
June 17, 2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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.
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.