September 2015 Update

Nova Scotia Trans Canada Trail Progress Update 

As the partner for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia since the TCT’s inception in 1992, NS Trails is pleased to provide you with the following update on the project leading to our connection deadline of 2017. 

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) would also like to remind you and your stakeholders about the funding opportunities that exist around the Trans Canada Trail Project in Nova Scotia. 

Funding Available for TCT Greenways and Water Route Projects 

50% funding is available through NS Trails for greenway or water route projects that close the gaps in Trans Canada Trail (TCT) connection here in Nova Scotia. 

Do you have a project you would like NS Trails to consider? Please contact: 

Jessica Farrell, Cape Breton TCT Engagement Officer 

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Phone: 902-227-8017

Garnet McLaughlin, TCT Mainland Consultant 

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Phone: 902-647-2271 


Groups that have received TCT funding approval this summer (a total of $884,878.57 so far) include:

-Oxford & Area Trails Association, River Philip Bridge project, $214,250
-Cumberland Snowmobile Club, Ship Railway (to Cove Road), Phase 2 project, $103,000
-Carroll’s Corner Community Centre, Mastodon Trail project, $100,000
-Town of Westville, Westville Pioneer Coal Greenway project, $46,000
-Cole Harbour Parks & Trails Association, Bissett Trail, Phase 1 Bridge project, $31,000
-Whycocomagh Development Commission, Whycocomagh trail project, $85,563
-Lake Ainslie Development Association, Bealach Breagh East Lake Ainslie, Phase 2 project, $263,265.57
-Waycobah First Nation, Skye River Access Point (part of the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route), $41,800

NS Trails recently received a ‘Letter of Acknowledgement’ from Gerard Jessome, District Director with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR), acknowledging the use of certain TCT routed K-class roads in Inverness County. (A K-class road is owned by the province, is not maintained, and is rarely used by the public). It also provides the permission required to allow trail development and management by volunteer groups. This in turn allows groups to access various funding programs. While the use and management of these K-class roads has long been recognized by local government departments, no formal agreement or acknowledgement was on record with TIR regarding the use and management of these roads for community group trail development by the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia (SANS) and NS Trails. This authorization is provided with the expectation that the SANS clubs and NS Trails community groups will continue to adhere to and apply for individual work permits for each development task as found in the new TIR Trails Policy & Trail Procedures.

Cape Breton Region 

In July, the Lake Ainslie Development Association (LADA) was approved for $263,265 in TCT project funding for their 50 km Bealach Breagh trail project. This project includes nearly 50 kilometres of trail connecting the existing Celtic Shores Coastal trail near Inverness to Scotsville and along the eastern side of Lake Ainslie toward Whycocomagh. Much of the overall trail development will involve upgrading existing abandoned historic trails already enjoyed by snowmobilers and cross-country skiers during the winter months.

The Whycocomagh Development Commission (WDC) was also approved for TCT project funding in the amount of $85,653 for their 4.5km trail project which will connect the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route to land trail toward Lake Ainslie.

Cape Clear Snowmobile Club is in the process of submitting a TCT concept plan to upgrade an existing 15.6 km of SANS trail maintained by the Club.  This section of trail connects LADA and WDC’s trail projects and is the final land trail gap as part of the 2017 Connection Plan on Cape Breton Island. 

In August, Waycobah First Nation was approved for TCT funding in the amount of $41,800 for their Skye River Access Point. This is the second project approved for TCT funding as part of the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route.

The Village of Baddeck has submitted a concept plan to NS Trails for TCT funding as part of the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route. Eskasoni First Nation, Marble Mountain and Grand Narrows are also in the process of submitting concept plans to develop access points in their communities. 

Bras d’Or Lake Water Route information sessions are planned to take place later this month with representatives from TCT and NS Trails in attendance.

Highland Region 

The Town of Trenton and Trenton Airport are in the final stages of developing the land use agreement that will enable trail to be developed on the property continuing from Trenton Park.

Pictou County Snow Riders submitted their application for funding to work on the winter-use trail from Sunnybrae to Eden Lake along the Guysborough Rail Line.

The Town of Pictou is developing their concept plan for a staging area in downtown Pictou at the harbour where the existing Jitney Trail and the proposed road link to the ferry will meet.

Active Pictou County is providing a leadership and coordination role to assist the towns within Pictou County as they move their projects forward.

The Town of Westville has re-routed the Pioneer Coal Trail and secured permissions for the new route.

Fundy Region 

Cumberland Snowmobile Club has finished the first phase of the Ship Railway.

Oxford and Area Trails is developing the trail and approaches to the bridge. The tender has been issued for construction of the bridge. 

Working with Hilary Paquet (Parks and Trails Coordinator for the Municipality of Colchester) on the Concept Plan for the County of Colchester. This includes the road link from Denmark to Bible Hill, Cobequid Trail and the road link from Old Barns to Stewiacke. 

Working with Stewiacke staff and Hilary Paquet to plan the trail project in Stewiacke. The route was ground- truthed and preliminary costing completed.

There are four to five entry points along the Shubenacadie River from Stewiacke to Lantz that are being explored for staging areas.

Central Region 

Shore Active Transportation’s initial report has been circulated to various departments for comments. The comments were sent back to WSP (consultant) for consideration into the final report which has since been completed. They are working on Phase 2 of the project which includes costing for the preferred route, which was the proposed trail along the south side of Highway 107 (Acadian Marsh Trail).

For more information about how you or your community can help support the Trans Canada Trail 2017 Connection challenge here in Nova Scotia, please contact: 

Blaise MacEachern, TCT Committee Chair, NS Trails- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Vanda Jackson, Executive Director, NS Trails This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

For general inquiries, call NS Trails at 902-425-5450 (Ext 325) 


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