St. Mary’s Trail Association to celebrate opening of Trans Canada Trail bridge

September 9, 2016 (Aspen, NS) – The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) is excited to announce the official opening of a new bridge, part of The Great Trail, in Aspen this Saturday, September 10, 2016. Media and members of the public are encouraged to attend the opening celebration of the Ellis Bridge. This is the third bridge installed by volunteers with the St. Mary's Trail Association and a crucial connection for Nova Scotia within The Great Trail's national network, as we approach Canada 150 celebrations in 2017.


The trail opening event will include a ribbon cutting, speeches and a barbecue.

Date: Saturday, September 10, 2016

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Ellis Bridge, Aspen, NS (MacKeen Lake Lodge, staging area is 12110 Highway #7)


The Honourable Lloyd Hines, Minister of Natural Resources

Councillor Peggy Kaiser-Kirk, Municipality of the District of St. Mary's

Blaise MacEachern, Chair, NS Trails Trans Canada Trail Committee

Arrival and Parking Suggestions:

There is Parking at Lodge (Club House) and farther in along MacKeen Road at Rail bed intersection, but limited at site. It's 2.2 km walk to Bridge from Lodge on east side; and 1.6 km on the west side from #7 Highway. Note: Vehicle and OHV Shuttle available from Lodge to Bridge.

If you require any assistance with directions please contact Charlie Hallett at (902) 328- 2284 or Rob Walsh at (902) 328-2519

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About NS Trails

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) is a non-profit organization and provincially registered charity that represents the interests of trail users and communitybased volunteer trail groups in Nova Scotia. NS Trails supports the work of community groups in the planning, building, maintenance and management stages of recreational trails in communities throughout the province. For more information visit:

The Great Trail by Trans Canada Trail

It began as a bold dream in 1992: the idea of creating a trail that would be a gift from Canadians to Canadians. Since then, Trans Canada Trail – a not-for-profit organization – has been working with donors, partners, governments and volunteers to create an epic trail of trails offering a wide range of outdoor experiences on both land and water. True to its name, The Great Trail embodies Canada's magnificent urban, rural and wilderness landscapes, where one can enjoy walking/hiking, cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling, along greenway, waterway, and roadway. Every Canadian province and territory is home to its own section of The Great Trail. Please visit for more information.

Media Contacts:

Vanda Jackson
Chief Executive Officer, NS Trails
Phone: (902) 718-6424
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Blaise MacEachern
Chair, NS Trails TCT Committee
Phone: (902) 631-1082
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