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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Nominate a Volunteer for the 2017 NS Trails Awards

New nomination deadline: Monday, May 29 at 12 noon

We say it all the time: trails in Nova Scotia wouldn't exist without the hard work and dedication of volunteers. Help us celebrate their excellent and essential work: nominate your local trail champion(s) for one of our four categories:

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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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