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BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP:
As a member of NS Trails, you will receive frequent newsletters with important information! Newsletters also strive to recognize the achievements of our members. Check out some of our past newsletters below!
NS Trails offers two different group insurance policies to assist our member groups manage risk within their organizations.
Our General Liability Insurance is a joint group policy with the Snowmobilers Association of Nova Scotia. It offers organizational insurance for those who don’t manage trail and trail insurance for those who manage trail or have landowner agreements in place.
Our group Accident Insurance policy is optional coverage. It provides coverage to a maximum of 20 volunteers per trail organization should they be injured while conducting trail-related business for their organization.
Another risk management related program we offer is the Nova Scotia Trail Patrol. We organize training and support for volunteers who are interested in becoming trail ambassadors to help monitor hazards on trails and educate trail users about trail etiquette and legislation. The Trail Patrol Program helps all trail users have a safer, more enjoyable recreational trail experience and provides peace of mind to landowners.
NS Trails has approved a new risk management policy to assist members better manage risk within their organizations.
Trail Construction, Maintenance and Management Advice and Support
Membership will give you access to trail-related resources. We also provide ongoing support on trail-related issues and can suggest experts and other members across the province who can help you to overcome obstacles.
Conferences, Workshops and Educational Events
NS Trails keeps you informed of opportunities to enhance knowledge and skill sets and meet other like-minded volunteers across the province. We organize and partner with organizations to offer workshops and conferences to provide opportunities for volunteers to learn and share their expertise.
NS Trails maintains an online list of potential funding programs and resources.
The Nova Scotia Trails Federation is a registered Charitable organization and we offer a Charitable Program to interested members. Through the program donations are made to the Nova Scotia Trails Federation and may be designated to a member organization. Donors receive an acknowledgement letter and a tax receipt. It is expected that member groups will also recognize donors.
The Great Trail
As the recognized agent for the The Great Trail in Nova Scotia we provide planning and development support to communities and trail groups interested in becoming part of this National Trail Legacy. We also are responsible for recommending greenway gap projects for Trans Canada Trail Funding.
Member and Trail Promotion
Provincial Government Relationships
NS Trails works closely with provincial government departments on behalf of our members. We receive annual core funding from the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and sit on a joint working group with representatives of the Interdepartmental Committee on Trails in an effort to develop a new trails strategy in consultation with our members and trail stakeholders across the province. We have developed a close working relationship with the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency in an effort to advance the market-readiness of trails in the province.
NS Trails is notified of changes in legislation and consultation sessions that impact the trails movement and NS Trails members receive notification of such changes and opportunities to provide input.
Engaging young people in the trails movement is important to the sustainability of trails and the volunteer trails movement in the province.