Nova Scotia pipes in 92 kilometres of new trail and two new pavilions

October 28, 2008 | 7 comments

Nova Scotia hosted a milestone trail celebration in October with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding and the opening of two pavilions and three trail sections in Cape Breton.

On October 26, TCT Chair Valerie Pringle, President Deborah Apps and NS Trails President Terry Norman met with Premier Rodney Macdonald.  They signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a cooperative working agreement among the signing partners to complete the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. “This is a real breakthrough for NS Trails and Trans Canada Trail.  It signals that the province understands the importance of the Trail and trail building, ” said Deborah Apps.

NS - Port Hastings Pavilion opening

Official opening of the TCT pavilion and Ceilidh Coastal Trail at Port Hastings, Inverness Co. From l to r: Deborah Apps, Wilson Cameron, Hugh MacEachern and Valerie Pringle.

On October 27, there was a full schedule of events, starting with two pavilion openings in Truro and Port Hastings where the names of over 1600 donors were unveiled.  Many enthusiastic trail supporters were on hand, despite the fierce and biting wind that day.

NS - East River Valley group at Truro Pavilion opening

Members of Nova Scotia's newest TCT community group - the East River Valley Community Development Association, Pictou Co. with Deborah Apps, Valerie Pringle and Director David Hoffman (back left).

Three sections of trail, totalling 92 kilometres, were officially opened with separate ceremonies – the Ceilidh Coastal Trail (in Port Hastings), the Judique Flyer Trail (in Judique) and the Inverness County Trail (in Mabou). The day finished with a wonderful dinner at the community centre in Judique with fiddle music, attended by dozens of volunteers who had worked on the Trail.

NS - Inverness County Trail opening

Nova Scotia Trails Board of Directors on the Trail in Mabou

Congratulations to all the volunteers and to NS Trails President Terry Norman, Executive Director Vanda Jackson and volunteer extraordinaire Blaise MacEachern who have worked for many years to develop these trails and who organized six successful events in one day!


  • cud you advise complete address where Pavilion is erected in Truro, N.S. and if my partents
    peter & Betty Christie hv been engraved on it.
    tnx in advance for info

    Fran Christie-Wright  |  February 3rd, 2009 at 5:11 pm

  • Directions to the Truro pavilion in English. La version française suivra.

    Located on the Cobequid Trail. To get there, take exit 13 off Highway 102 and go east on McClure’s Mills Road to the ‘T’ intersection with Willow Street. Turn left on to Willow Street and proceed for .5 km. The trail marker is located on the west side of Willow, at the junction with the Cobequid Trail. Le pavillon est situé sur le sentier Cobequid. Too access a map, please visit the Trail Locator at

    Pour s’y rendre, prenez la sortie 13 de l’autoroute 102 et dirigez-vous vers l’est sur la route McClure’s Mills vers l’intersection en « T » avec la rue Willow. Tournez à gauche sur la rue Willow et continuez sur .5 km. Le marqueur de sentier est localisé sur le côté ouest de la rue Willow, à la jonction du sentier Cobequid. Pour télécharger la carte, svp visitez

    Ringer  |  February 3rd, 2009 at 5:30 pm

  • Last summer, I bicycled around Lake Superior, you can see pictures of our trip here

    We would LOVE to bicycle across Nova Scotia, and eventually across all of Canada on this Trans-Canada Trail! Where can we get info on how all the trails connect across Nova Scotia that are now completed? Can we ride on this trail all the way from one end of NS to the other yet, if not when will it be ready? Would appreciate some help in connecting the dots for a ride across NS. Thanks Connie

    Connie Julien  |  February 23rd, 2009 at 11:40 am

  • Congrats to fellow NS Trail Builders! Greetings from the St. Mary’s Trail Association. We are a small but hard working group that is slowly picking up steam on the Old Guysborough Railroad Trail. We are working towards completing an essential connecting piece of the Trans Canada Trail between Cross Roads Country Harbour and East River St Mary’s. We hope to meet up with our new friends to the West, the East River Valley Community Development Association.

    Charlie Hallett  |  March 2nd, 2009 at 12:10 pm

  • RE: Lake Superior trip and Nova Scotia information

    Hi Connie,
    What a great achievement! It looks like the three of you had fun doing it. The photos are wonderful and we all want a slice of your chocolate cake :)

    For information on trip planning in Nova Scotia, please check out the TC Trail Locator at You can download .gps coordinates and print out maps for all provinces and territories. The Nova Scotia Trails Federation has an excellent site at Click on “Find a Trail in Nova Scotia” for maps and progress.

    Ringer  |  March 2nd, 2009 at 2:17 pm

  • can you post some pictures of the nova scotia section of the transcanada trail?

    Abdi and Jared  |  March 13th, 2009 at 10:07 am

  • Please click on the link to view more photos of the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia and across Canada.

    Ringer  |  March 13th, 2009 at 4:48 pm

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