After a culvert was damaged along the Woodstock to Fredericton Connector, we helped to fund the installation of a replacement culvert – keeping the Trail section safe and usable. Another culvert along the Wolastoq Valley Trail, which had been washed out after a severe storm, was also replaced with the help of TCT funding.
In Moncton, we supported the refinishing of a bridge along the Riverfront Trail. This important work including repairing the steel members of the bridge and repainting it in The Great Trail colours!
We were thrilled to also support the Cape Jourimain Nature Centre, which allowed for maintenance activities to begin before the centre’s Lighthouse 150 celebrations in summer 2019.
We assisted our partners with the installation of new trailheads in the communities of Hampton and Grand Falls, while supporting upgrades to existing trailheads in Edmundston and Quispamsis.
Along with directions and maps, these trailheads include important information on usage, as well as interpretive signage explaining the cultural heritage of the land the Trail runs through.
Wayfinding signs were also installed on every section of The Great Trail in the province, except for Fundy National Park, Fundy Trail and the City of Fredericton.
After Hurricane Dorian devastated parts of Nova Scotia, we provided emergency funding for repairs on the SANS 104 snowmobiling route and the Salt Marsh Trail. The urgent action coincided with the planned reconstruction work to protect the Salt Marsh Trail from future natural disasters.
We also helped to fund repairs to the Celtic Shores Coastal Trail near Mabou, after severe erosion threatened user safety.
At the Head of Chezzetcook, we were pleased to support the construction of a new greenway, which replaced a roadway section of the Trail. We look forward to working with our partners to add amenities along this greenway soon.
We were delighted to again work with Eskasoni First Nation to create a third access point to the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route on their territory. The access points that TCT has supported are a key part of the community’s tourism experience, and are used regularly by local youth and tourists. In addition, we extended the Cobequid Trail to link Truro with the Fundy Discovery Site, a popular tourist destination.
We also supported the extension of a Trail section in Mulgrave, moving that section off a roadway and providing users with a nature corridor through town.
Many essential improvements to the Trail were also supported in Nova Scotia. Upgrades to the Samson Trail in New Glasgow helped to increase accessibility and safety. Elsewhere, we supported the replacement of boardwalks on the Gully Lake Trail in Kempton, the installation of new decking on a bridge on the Cobequid Trail in Truro, and trail enhancements to the Chignecto Ship Rail Trail. In Halifax, we supported work to improve trail surface and to prevent illegal ATV misuse on the Shearwater Flyer Trail in Dartmouth.
New wayfinding signage was installed along the Bealach Brèagha Trail, the Gully Lake Trail, the Cobequid Trail and the Musquodoboit Trail, as well as on Trail sections in the communities of New Glasgow and Mulgrave. We also supported the installation of new interpretive signage on the Salt Marsh Trail and safety signage at Iona’s access point to the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route, as well as new donor recognition panels at our refurbished pavilion in Halifax.
Along the Blueberry Run Trail, we supported an engineering study to determine how to minimize erosion in the future. We also provided funding for a study on the possible expansion of a parking lot that will serve the Salt Marsh Trail, the Shearwater Flyer Trail and the Heritage Trail, in order to allow increased usage and accessibility
in a sustainable way.
Prince Edward Island
Last year, we supported the resurfacing of a section of the Trail between Fort Augustus and Lake Verde with rock dust to create a better experience for cyclists. We also supported the extension of the parking lot servicing the Trail, catering to the increasing popularity of the Island’s province-wide trail.
We were thrilled to provide funding for three interpretive signs along the Trail in Charlottetown. The signs provide safety information, maps and tips on local trails and nearby destinations.
Four trailheads in Stratford were also renovated and rebranded.
Newfoundland and Labrador
It was an exciting year as we welcomed our first-ever section of the Trail in Labrador! The Pioneer Footpath, a 60-kilometre wilderness trail from L’Anse-au-Clair to Pinware, runs along the south coast of Labrador and connects with the Trail via a ferry route from Quebec. New wayfinding signs along the Pioneer Trail were installed. We look forward to working closely with our new partners to enhance this beautiful greenway.
We were also proud to install a new Point Zero marker at Cape Spear, the easternmost point of The Great Trail of Canada.
In addition, we supported upgrades to existing sections of the Trail in the province, including the extension of part of the East Coast Trail at Logy Bay, removing two kilometres of roadway from our network. We also provided funding for surface and width upgrades to the Newfoundland T’Railway in Mount Pearl, making it more accessible and enjoyable for all. A study to identify an alternative route to part of the T’Railway in Corner Brook was carried out with the help of TCT funding.