Backgrounder

Trails Strategy for Nova Scotia

The desire for the creation of a Trails Strategy was born out of the 2010 Trails for Tomorrow Today Conference.  It was one of the key outcomes of the World Café and the Government Summit held in conjunction with the conference.

Representatives of NS Trails and the Provincial Government have been meeting since 2013 as part of the Trail Strategy Working Group (TSWG).

Members of the Trails Strategy Working Group

Sandy Anderson – Park Planner, Department of Natural Resources 

Vanda Jackson – Executive Director, Nova Scotia Trails Federation

Blaise MacEachern – Chair, Trans Canada Trail Committee

Peter McCracken – Acting Active Transportation Consultant, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

Hilary Paquet – Parks and Trails Coordinator, Municipality of the County of Colchester

Ted Scrutton – Past-President of Nova Scotia Trails Federation

Dawn Stegen – ICT Co-Chair; Director of Regional Services, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

Steve Vines – Trails Consultant, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

Holly Woodill – President of Nova Scotia Trails Federation

Heather Yule – Acting Manager, Development, Tourism Nova Scotia

Past Members

Rick Jacques – Trails Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Trails Coalition; VP of Nova Scotia Trails Federation

Rick Gilbert – retired ICT Co-Chair; retired Director of Corporate Strategy, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

Robin Norrie – Manager of Recreation, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness

The TSWG has researched and chosen a process to develop the Strategy and has written a Profile of the Trails Movement in Nova Scotia, a background document to inform discussions regarding development of the Strategy. This profile provides a snapshot of where the trails movement in Nova Scotia is currently.  

Trail stakeholders across the province were provide with an opportunity to provide feedback on this document through an online survey.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this survey.

Profile of the Trails Movement in Nova Scotia

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Regional Consultations

During the spring of 2015 a series of 7 regional consultations was held with members in the trails community to begin to put together the go-forward strategy. Over 300 stakeholders participated in 3 hour sessions. Building on the Profile, the sessions were designed to envision where we’d like the trails system and trails movement to be in 10 years’ time. 

Three additional consultations were held with the paddling community, provincial recreation organizations and relevant provincial government departments.  The commitment and passion of the entire trails community is fantastic.  The Trails Strategy Working Group (TSWG) would like to thank everyone who participated in these consultations which assisted in the development of a draft framework for the strategy.