Below is a list of the latest resources available relating to trail development, maintenance and management in Nova Scotia. This page is updated as new resources become available.


NEW! NS Trails COVID-19 Guidance for Trail Groups

  • This document outlines guidance from Nova Scotia Trails Federation Risk Management Committee regarding COVID 19 and trail Maintenance, monitoring and compliance. To download, click here.  


WEBINAR: Governance Workshop with Grant MacDonald

  • This webinar is intended to help trail organizations around the Province who rely on volunteer boards. It is led by Grant MacDonald, a well known advisor to non-profit boards. To watch the webinar, click here.

Additional Governance Resources:


VIDEO – Ellen Kehr: The Story of Albert Lea

This video is a special presentation by Ellen Kehr, Organizational Lead of the Blue Zones Project in Albert Lea, Minnesota. The Blue Zones project transformed the overall wellbeing of the community and resulted in improvements in tourism, local economy, population, health indicators, and quality of life. This presentation was given at the Pictou County Wellness Centre on October 24th through a partnership between Active Pictou County and the Province of Nova Scotia.

NS Trails Documents






NS Trails Annual Report


NS Trails Promotional Material


  • VIDEO: Presentation by Gerry Post, Executive Director, Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate on the Accessibility Act and what it means for volunteer trail builders and managers.


  • The following two resources were provided to NS Trails by Lashauna Smith, Senior Policy Analyst, Accessibility Directorate, Department of Justice (902-424-8541, as a recommendation for trails groups looking to learn more about trails accessibility:


    • AODA Pathways to Recreation – This document was developed based on public spaces standards developed in Ontario under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Page 11-15 contains information on recreation trails.
    • Best Practices Guide to the Accessible Design of NCC Outdoor Spaces
      • Chapter 1 has an overview of outdoor spaces persons with a variety of disabilities.
      • Chapter 3.5 has some good information on Recreational Pathways and Hiking Trails
      • Section 6.5 – some technical considerations for a variety of recreational facilities including recreational pathways and hiking trails.

Ontario’s Cycling Strategy

Vélo Québec

Engaging Youth in Trails

Trail Market Readiness Assessment Tool

Destination Trail Economic Impact Study

Best Practices in Achieving Economic Benefits from Trail Development

Developing Recreation Trails in Nova Scotia

A detailed manual covering trail construction, maintenance and management.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Project Initiation

Section 2: The Project Planning Process

Section 3: Development & Construction

Section 4: Signage

Section 5: Maintenance & Management

Section 6: Abandoned Rail Bridges


Trail Event Organizer Manual