News Release

NS Trails and ICT Announce First Step in the Implementation of the Shared Trails Strategy

November 22, 2019 – The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) and the provincial government Interdepartmental Committee on Trails (ICT) are moving forward to establish the new Trails Strategy Coordinating Group (TSCG). The TSCG will lead the implementation of the new Shared Strategy for Trails in Nova Scotia which was officially released on August 6, 2019. The Trails Strategy reflects the shared vision and actions of the trails community and stakeholders and focuses on 4 shared goals: strengthening alignment, leadership and collaborative trail development; expanding supports for trail development and management; improving planning for trails; and increasing trail use.

The creation of the TSCG meets goal #1 of the Trails Strategy. It will be responsible for developing an approach to monitor and measure progress on the strategy. It will share the results and successes to keep the entire trails community informed, motivated and moving forward together. The strategy is ambitious, but with strong leadership it will guide the trails community to successfully realize its vision for trails which contribute to the quality of life of all Nova Scotians.

Membership on the TSCG will be broad based and diverse and representative of the full spectrum of the trails community. As per the TSCG draft Terms Of Reference (TOR), designates will be solicited from the following stakeholders:

• 3 positions to be named by NS Trails 

• 2 positions to be named by the provincial Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) community

• 3 positions to be named by the ICT 

• 2 positions open to the trails community at large 

• 2 positions to be named by the Mikmaw community 

• 2 positions open for senior municipal staff representatives

NS Trails and the ICT are now welcoming expressions of interest from the trails community at large and senior municipal staff to fill those four designated positions on the TSCG. The deadline to express interest is January 31, 2020. For more information about the positions and how to apply, please visit:

About NS Trails:

NS Trails is a volunteer, membership-based registered charity, a resource for trail stakeholders, and a forum to facilitate the cooperative building, maintaining, and enjoyment of trails in our province. Our Vision is a diverse and vibrant trails community in Nova Scotia that works respectfully and collaboratively so that all Nova Scotians and visitors have easy access to safe and enjoyable trail experiences. NS Trails is also the lead provincial partner for The Great Trail in Nova Scotia. For more information visit:

About the ICT:

Formed in 2012, the Interdepartmental Committee on Trails (ICT) coordinates all provincial government related trail activities that intersect or cross various departmental mandates. The ICT interacts with and seeks input from the trails community and stakeholders through various provincial organizations, including the Nova Scotia Trails Federation.

Note to Editors: Printed copies of the Shared Strategy for Trails in Nova Scotia are available upon request.

Media Contact:

Heather Stilwell