About NS Trails

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) is a non profit organization that represents the interests of trail users and volunteer community-based recreational trail groups in Nova Scotia. NS Trails supports the work of community groups in the planning, building, maintenance and management stages of recreational trails.

As the provincial trail organization, the primary goals of NS Trails are to promote the development and responsible use of recreational trails for the benefit and enjoyment of all Nova Scotians and visitors to our province.

Adopted by the NS Trails Board of Directors, the NS Trails motto is Take Trails to H.E.A.R.T.! But what does it all mean?

Health - Trails help to improve our health and quality of life by giving us a place to maintain an active lifestyle. (Disclaimer: It is always wise to consult your doctor before starting or changing your physical activity regimen.)

Environment - Trails help us preserve green spaces, educate, protect and promote the wildlife and wilderness areas while providing managed public access.

Arts, Culture & History - Trails promote the arts, culture, and history of the community, region and province while facilitating education in the same topics.

Recreation - Trails provide many forms of recreation, adding to our quality of life. 

Transportation - Trails, whether urban or rural, provide an alternate mode of transportation.


By taking trails to heart we are reminding ourselves not to slip into the mindset of taking our trails for granted; we must take an active responsibility for them. Former railways, abandoned roads and newly-created trails are now pathways to work or play. They enable us to experience treasures such as historical points of interest, ecologically unique areas, and scenic vistas while providing opportunities for active living and sharing quality time with family, friends or pets. We value this access to green spaces that contribute so much to our community and our province.

It all ties in together. Each of us should take a few moments to reflect on how we can best continue our individual commitment to support our trails and greenways because we really do Take Trails to H.E.A.R.T!