Trails Strategy for Nova Scotia

Have your say!

"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). The TSWG has researched and chosen a process to develop the Strategy and has written a draft Situation Analysis, as a background document for the Strategy.

The draft Situation Analysis provides a snapshot of where the trails movement in Nova Scotia is currently. We are excited to finally be at a place where we can begin to develop the Strategy with your help."

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I don’t know if this information is for general public or not but I don’t care! If you need to be a member of a group of attend make one up. The Nova Scotia Trails Federation seems to be mostly concerned with hiking and Trans Canada Trail stuff but the more MTB voices we add to their dialogue the better for everyone.

You are invited to help shape the future of trails in Nova Scotia.

Hopefully you have already taken the opportunity to have your say on the draft Nova Scotia Trails Strategy - Situation Analysis Survey online.

The next opportunity is to attend a regional engagement session in your area to ensure you have your say on the future of trails in Nova Scotia. Please see the full list of engagement sessions below. The discussion at these sessions will focus on establishing a vision, guiding principles, strategic directions and priorities for the Trails Strategy.

Please consider this email your invitation from the Trail Strategy Working Group (TSWG) on behalf of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) and the Government of Nova Scotia, to attend one of eight regional engagement sessions being held across the province during the month of April. If for some reason you are not able to attend we would encourage you to share your invitation with someone in your organization who may attend in your absence.

Please RSVP your attendance for the regional session of your choice by contacting the appropriate office as indicated in the chart below.

We look forward to your attendance.

Should you have any questions please contact NS Trails at (902) 425-5454 ext. 325 or email

Trails Strategy Working Group


Monday, April 13

1- Pictou County Wellness Centre
6:00-9:00 pm
2756 Westville Road, New Glasgow

Highland Regional Office DHW
(902) 863-7380

Tuesday, April 14

2- Fairbanks Centre - Shubie Park
6:00-9:00 pm
54 Locks Road, Dartmouth, NS

Central Regional Office DHW
(902) 424-6608

Thursday, April 16

3- Gaelic College- Cape Breton
1:00-4:00 pm
51779 Cabot Trail, Englishtown

Cape Breton Regional Office DHW
(902) 563-2380

4- Port Hawkesbury Civic Center – Shannon Studio
6:00-9:00 pm
606 Reeves Street, Port Hawkesbury

Cape Breton Regional Office DHW
(902) 563-2380

Tuesday, April 21

5- Queens Place Emera Center
6:00-9:00 pm
50 Queens Place Drive, Liverpool

South Shore Regional Office DHW
(902) 634-7505

Wednesday, April 22

6- Wolfville Lions Hall
1:30-4:30 pm
36 Elm Street, Wolfville, NS

Valley Regional Office DHW
(902) 679-4390

7- Middleton Curling Club
6 King St., Middleton, NS

Valley Regional Office DHW
(902) 679-4390

Thursday, April 23

8- Debert Hospitality Center
6:00-9:00 pm
130 Ventura Drive, Debert, NS

Fundy Regional Office DHW
(902) 893-6215

Trails Strategy Working Group Membership:

Representing the Nova Scotia Trails Federation
Holly Woodill – President of NS Trails
Hilary Paquet – Parks and Trails Coordinator, Municipality of the County of Colchester
Blaise MacEachern – Chair, Trans Canada Trail Committee
Ted Scrutton – Past-President of NS Trails
Rick Jacques – Trails Coordinator, Annapolis Valley Trails Coalition; VP of NS Trails
Vanda Jackson – Executive Director, NS Trails

Representing the Nova Scotia Government – Interdepartmental Committee on Trails (ICT)
Rick Gilbert – ICT Co-Chair; Director of Corporate Strategy, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness
Steve Vines – Trails Consultant, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness
Robin Norrie – Manager of Recreation, Active Living Branch, Department of Health & Wellness
Sandy Anderson – Parks Planner, Department of Natural Resources
Heather Yule – Tourism Development Officer, Department of Tourism

Yvette d’Entremont
Communications & Office Assistant
Nova Scotia Trails
5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor
Halifax, NS B3J 1G6
Phone: (902) 425-5450, Ext. 325