OHV Pilot Project To Launch In 6 Communities Throughout The Province


On September 24th, 2018, Hon. Lloyd Hines, Minister of Transportation Infrastructure and Renewal announced that effective October 1st, 2018, Nova Scotia will be launching an off-highway vehicle (OHV) pilot in 6 communities across the province to enhance trail connectivity. The pilot project enables OHVs to access the shoulders of roadways, and the roadway itself where necessary, in order to safely travel in select areas from one OHV trail to another. The 6 communities selected for the 3-year pilot are Porters Lake, New Germany, Weymouth, Walton, Sherbrooke, and Gabarus. Only registered, licensed and insured OHVs can operate on the shoulder of the roadway in the 6 pilot areas and drivers must adhere to a speed limit of 25km/hr. No passenger on an OHV operating in the pilot area can be younger than 9 years old. For more information, visit: https://novascotia.ca/ohv-pilot/ 

The Best Of The Great Trail, Vol. 1

Here, at last, is the essential companion to the eastern part of Canada's national trail. Profiling 30 separate sections, crossing 6 provinces, and traversing more than 900 km of trail, this guide for the adventurous offers a connoisseur's sampling of the finest components of eastern Canada's Trans Canada Trail.

Beginning at Cape Spear and ending on the shores of Lake Huron, Michael Haynes follows the Great Trail through the remote interior of Newfoundland, the coastlines of the Maritimes, the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, and the lakes and farmlands of Southern Ontario, as well as into cities such as Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, and Toronto. With beautiful colour photographs and comprehensive trail notes for each featured section, as well as GPS coordinates, maps, and informative descriptions of points of interest along with way, The Best of the Great Trail explores the landscapes of eastern Canada in their variegated glory.

This guide has something for everyone, from outdoor and nature enthusiasts to hikers, cyclists, and families. It includes trail instructions, maps, GPS coordinates, distance, access information, and an introduction on topics such as topography, trail etiquette, and tips on scenic vistas, flora, and fauna.

For more information and to order your copy, visit here: https://gooselane.com/products/the-best-of-the-great-trail


Nominate A Volunteer For The 2018 NS Trails Awards

It’s that time again! NS Trails is gearing up to celebrate our amazing volunteers for their hard work and dedication to our trails! Help us recognize volunteers around the province by nominating your local trail champion(s) for one of our five categories:

Volunteer Trail Group of the Year Award
Recognizes the accomplishments of a volunteer trail group within the trail movement in Nova Scotia with regards to trail development, management, promotion and/or advocacy. Nominees must belong to a NS Trails member organization.

Booster Award
Recognizes a volunteer group for their promotion of trails and/or trail activities through organized events, learning opportunities, guided trail activities and media engagement targeting men, women, youth and families. Nominees must belong to a NS Trails member organization.

Champion for Youth Award
Recognizes an individual, community group, agency or business for the promotion of youth participation on trails in Nova Scotia. Nominations are open to NS Trails members and the general public.

Trail Builder of the Year Award
Recognizes a volunteer for their outstanding contribution, determination and dedication to trail building in the province. Nominees must belong to a NS Trails member organization.  

White Hill Summit Award
Named after the highest point of land in Nova Scotia, this award recognizes the outstanding lifetime contribution to the development of recreational trails in Nova Scotia by a volunteer. 

How to Nominate:

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and include the following:

• Nominee's name
• The award they are being nominated for
• Your contact information (i.e. the person submitting the nomination)
• The reason you are nominating this individual or group (i.e. why they deserve the award)
• Contact information for the nominee
Nominations must be submitted before Monday May 21st.

Winners will be announced at the NS Trails Annual General Meeting on June 16, 2018.

Trans Canada Trail accepting project funding proposals until September 30

The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is currently accepting proposals for projects related to The Great Trail. 

Proposed projects should correspond with the development objectives and priorities of the provincial TCT partner organization, which in this case is the Nova Scotia Trails Federation. If your group is interested in applying, please contact NS Trails to see if your project is eligible.

The submission deadline is September 30, 2017.

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NS celebrates 100% connection to The Great Trail

On a Maritime morning of mist and fog, Trans Canada Trail celebrated the 100% connection milestone in Nova Scotia with approximately 100 enthusiastic trail users in attendance.

The event was held at the 1-km marker of the Salt Marsh Trail, a rail trail on Cole Harbour along the Atlantic Coast. Attendees were greeted at the trailhead by a young piper, who also provided a musical serenade for those on the guided trail walk that followed.

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Stay tick safe on (and off) the trails

No matter where you are in the province, tick bite cases have risen significantly over the last five years. Thankfully, there are several things that can be done to reduce this risk and and continue to enjoy being active outside.

According to the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, checking for ticks is the most important defense against the spread of tick-borne illness. Always remove ticks as soon as they are found to prevent or reduce the risk of infection. Blacklegged ticks must be attached to the skin for at least 36 hours to transmit the bacterial infection that causes Lyme disease.

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Annapolis Valley’s 117km Harvest Moon Trailway to be completed August 2017

Photo courtesy of We're Outside Outdoor Outfitters (Facebook)
Photo courtesy of We're Outside Outdoor Outfitters (Facebook)

After years of planning, collaboration, consultations and trail-building, the Annapolis Valley Trails Coalition (AVTC) is proud to present The Harvest Moon Trailway, a high-quality trail experience united under one name to increase trail use and experience in the Valley region.

The 117-kilometre Harvest Moon Trailway traverses the Annapolis Valley through beautiful towns along the former rail line, connecting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Grand Pré to the historic seaside town of Annapolis Royal.

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NS Trails honours trail champions at 2017 awards ceremony


The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) celebrated the individuals and groups behind trails in Nova Scotia during a ceremony on June 10, 2017 at the Fairbanks Centre in Shubie Park. The awards ceremony was part of the federation’s annual general meeting.

Five awards were given to key movers and shakers in the provincial trail movement, including the White Hill Summit Award, the federation’s longest-standing and most prestigious trophy. NS Trails sought nominations from members and the general public in the weeks leading up to the ceremony, and the awards committee faced a difficult task in narrowing the many deserving nominees down to just five recipients.

The 2017 NS Trails Awards winners are as follows:

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The Great Trail’s Bras d'Or Lakes water route opens in Cape Breton


The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) and the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) are pleased to announce the official opening of the The Great Trail’s Bras d'Or Lakes Water Route on Sunday, June 11 at 1:00 p.m. in Iona, Victoria County. 

The 377-kilometre Bras d’Or Lakes Water Route follows the perimeter of Nova Scotia’s “inland sea.” Water routes are a vital part of The Great Trail and of Canada's history. Canoe and portage routes dating thousands of years were essential role to First Nations peoples, followed by early traders, explorers and settlers. Currently, The Great Trail includes 11 water routes, comprising 26% of the 21500-kilometre trail. 

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