Seawall Trail Society

Fall 2017 Newsletter Trail Planning Underway – Consultants are in the field Duty To Consult – Initial stage approval, work continues Seaharvest Festival – A successful first event   Summer Trail Fixup – Existing trails get a facelift Trailgate Workshop – Celebrating Canada 150 What’s Next? – Work to be done through the winter months
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It’s Been a While…

Hello everyone, Dave here with the Seawall Trail Society… this newsletter is way, way overdue but our lack of communication doesn’t mean lack of activity.  Plenty has happened in the year (I know crazy) since our last newsletter so let’s jump right in and cover some key points!

 

Trail Consultants Are In The Field!

The outcome of our Call for Proposals was the selection of the team of Cobequid Consulting and RMA Tourism.  Trail Consultants from this team have been in the Protected Area throughout the summer,  searching for and refining an optimal trail routing. Work continues through the Fall and we can expect a report from them in the coming months.  We’ve seen a preliminary route plan and it looks amazing! The Trail Construction Plan that they produce will be shared with all stakeholders and the public.

 

Fall colour along the coast and future home of the Seawall Trail.

 

Duty To Consult

A very important part of the trail development process is consultation with First Nations.  The Seawall Trail Society has presented our plans to several senior members of the Mi’kmaq community; feedback has been positive and supportive. The Department of Environment has completed initial rounds of the Duty To Consult process with The Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative (Kwilmu’kw Maw-klusuaqn).  The first stage of that consultation has been completed with the goal to be continued sharing of information and cooperation as plans develop.

 

The Seaharvest Festival HELD

This summer saw the first Seaharvest Festival – a celebration of the food, music and culture of the communities around the Seawall Trail.  The event took place from July 9-16, 2017.  A variety of events and meals – all centered on the importance of the sea to Northern Cape Breton communities – were held through the week, culminating in the famous Bay St. Lawrence Crab Fest.  Plans are to hold a second festival next year. The Seaharvest Facebook Page is a great place to stay informed.  Give it a Like!

 

 

One of many scenic valleys along the proposed route.

 

Summer Trail Work

The Meat Cove Development Society, along with the Seawall Trail Society were successful in obtaining funding for a Viewscape Program in and around Meat Cove.  A crew has been working all summer to improve visitor experiences.  Work included creating and  clearing several viewing areas along the road and improvements to existing trails: Meat Cove Mountain, The Boardwalk Trail and the trails out to Lowland Cove and Cape St. Lawrence. Crew members also participated in a Trail Building Workshop to ensure that any improvements would follow best building practices.  The Workshop was also an opportunity to train future workers for the Seawall Trail!

 

Looking south back along a thickly wooded area

 

Canada 150 Trailgate

As part of Canada 150 celebrations and in partnership with Hike Nova Scotia, the Meat Cove Development Society and The Seawall Trail Society held a volunteer trail building event, a “Trailgate Party.” Turnout for the event was small but everyone involved had a great day learning about trail maintenance.  Attendees worked on trails and got to enjoy a BBQ and cake at the end of the day.

 

What’s Next?

There are still many things to do before a shovel hits the ground.  Here are some key activities that we’re working on in the coming months.

  • Fall 2017 – Receipt and review of the Trail Construction Document.
  • Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 – Submission of the Trail Construction Document to the Department of Environment for their review.
  • Winter 2018 – Public and Mi’kmaq Consultations on Trail Construction Document
  • Spring 2018 – Fundraising for Construction Phase (provided that all consultations and required approvals are successful)

We could certainly use help when the time to fund-raise arrives.  Send us a message if you’re interested in helping us out in that area. Thanks everyone!

 

Endless ocean views

 

Special thanks to Clare Waque for providing some awesome photos to the newsletter.

 

 

Mailing address is:

The Seawall Trail Society

RR1

Dingwall, NS B0C 1G0

 

The Seawall Trail Society is planning the route for a multi-day hiking trail it hopes to cut through remote northern Cape Breton. Information Morning – Cape Breton gets an update on the Seawall Trail Project from Dave Williams, a member of the volunteer board:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/2691148305

 

This group has proposed a Hiking trail from Meat Cove to Pleasant Bay (Through the Polletts Cove / Aspy Fault Protected Area). It is a glorious idea in a beautiful spot. Have a look at their website at www.seawalltrail.com

Held – Trailgate Canada 150

  • Help out your local community trail group
  • All equipment and guidance on trail maintenance provided
  • Enjoy a “trailgate” party with barbeque and cake to celebrate Canada’s 150th

Six events across Nova Scotia in the fall of 2017 – find one near you:

Saturday, September 16 – Meat Cove
Date: Saturday, September 16
Time: 9 am to 1 pm
Location: Seawall Trail Head, Meat Cove (meet at the Community Centre at 2296, Meat Cove Road)
Partners: Hike NS, Canada 150, Seawall Trail Society and Meat Cove Development Society
Description: Come work on the trailhead to the proposed Seawall Trail. Once completed, the Seawall Trail will be a multi-day, wilderness area, hiking trail. Developing the trailhead is the first step.
More information: email
Download the flyer

Trailgate Canada 150 is funded by the Government of Canada.

You can donate to this community-driven Trail at the following places: 

Website –  https://www.seawalltrail.com 

Or directly on their campaign page – https://chimp.net/campaigns/the-seawall-trail 

Once more, if you have questions, please contact me. Thank You Kindly,

Ray

Ray Fraser <wildoshan@gmail.com>

r.a.fraser@icloud.com

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