• Trail construction photo
  • Find one of the many breath-taking trails to explore in Nova Scotia. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of NS Trails.
  • Most community-based trails in Nova Scotia are built, maintained and managed by volunteers.
  • Get involved by attending a free trail building workshop!
  • Love our member trails? Show your support by making an online donation to support trail maintenance. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Make trails a part of your active, healthy lifestyle. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Trails are good for the mind, body and spirit. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Trails provide places for quality family time and connecting with nature. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)
  • Help us connect the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia by 2017. (Photo credit: Celtic Shores Coastal Trail)

The Great Trail Hunt


August 26, 2018 marks the first anniversary of the unification of The Great Trail, the longest recreational trail in the world! To celebrate, Canadian Geographic Travel wants you, your family, and friends to get out there on the The Great Trail and win some great prizes.


There are 100 treasure boxes waiting to be discovered across the country by Trail adventurers. Clues about where to find the boxes will be revealed over the next five weeks on Canadian Geographic Travel at www.cangeotravel.ca/greattrailtreasurehunt. The first person to locate each treasure box will win a subscription to Canadian Geographic and a $100 gift certificate to Mountain Equipment Co-op with a total prize value of $130. But don’t stop looking if the treasure has already been located! Every person who locates a treasure box has a chance to win weekly prizes and will be entered to win the grand prize – a trip for 2 with One Ocean Expeditions!

Other prizes include a Nikon Canada camera, KEEN Footwear, a SPOT GPS device, MEC gift cards, Canadian Geographic subscriptions, Parks Canada passes and many others.

To get clues and start exploring, visit here!

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


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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