What is IAT-NS?
The IAT-NS is part of The International Appalachian Trail which is a walking trail route stretching from Mount Katahdin, Maine, throughout New Brunswick to Quebec, then to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The IAT winds its way across these sections of the North America’s Appalachian Mountains, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean and following the Pangea related mountains of Western Europe and North Africa. In NS the present route starts in Pictou and ends in North Sydney. There is a need to extend the route throughout NS. There are approximately 24 million European Trail users. IAT-NS needs to tap into this vast resource to improve the economic impact on this province.
What are the needs for IAT-NS?
There is a need for:
**continual interactions and communications for improvement in infrastructure – connecting trails, one footpath across NS
**mapping a continual footpath throughout NS connecting to: IAT-NB, IAT-NL,
IAT-PEI, & IAT-Maine
** signage for the Geotourist along the trails – geological signs noting the historical geology aspects of NS (examples – Creignish Hills, Parrsboro – Fundy Geological Museum, & Annapolis Royal). Presently, the IAT-NS goes by the Creignish Hills.
**signage for the Ecosystem on NS trails (examples- wild species, endangered species, and habitats ).
**providing maps and data for the IAT-NS website and brochures for distribution.
**representation at IAT AGM
Who are the trail users on IAT-NS?
-Geotourist – Tourism that Enhances the Geographical Character of a Place
-Ecotourist – Natural Areas that Conserve the Environment
-Recreational Walkers / Hikers
-Recreational Multi Users
-Long Distance Walkers / Hikers
North American IAT AGM will be held in Moncton, NB on April 24 & April 25, 2015
IAT-NS annually has a table at the Hike NS Summit.
Celtic Colours – Hike HELD in the Fall (October 15, 2015) on the IAT, Inverness County – The information reaches an international audience.