Nova Scotians can enjoy smoother, more accessible recreational trails across the province thanks to a government investment of close to $1 million through the Recreational Trail Expansion Fund.
“Local trails are hidden gems in communities throughout the province,” said Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “They offer accessible opportunities for active and healthy living, connect us with nature and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike. We are proud to make this investment in our trails so more people can enjoy our beautiful province.”
The funding includes more than $580,000 in capital grants for 27 trails. For example, the Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre received $50,000 toward trail improvements on its 4.4-kilometre interpretive trail. In October, the centre will celebrate 20 years since the interpretive trail was designed and built by Mi’kmawey Forestry with local Mi’kmaw foresters.
More than $400,000 in operating funding will support groups managing 23 trails on the provincial rail bed. The operational grants started as a three-year pilot program but are now a permanent part of the trail expansion fund.
We’re excited to reopen the trail this fall after being closed for nearly a year. The Mi’kmawey Debert Interpretative Trail is well known in the community as both a place to get some exercise and explore and a place to learn more about the Mi’kmaq. Many educators have used the trail and the interpretation resources of the centre to teach public school curriculum to Nova Scotia students. With support from the different levels of government, the trail will once again be available to the public.Tim Bernard, Executive Director, Mi’kmawey Debert Cultural Centre
- the Recreational Trail Expansion Fund assists trail groups, municipalities, and other not-for-profit organizations
- projects are eligible for up to one-third of total capital costs, to a maximum of $150,000
- trail operational funding is available to not-for-profits managing trails built on provincial rail corridors
- eight trails will benefit from both capital and operating funding
A list of the projects receiving funding is available at: https://cch.novascotia.ca/trail-funding-programs