Trans Canada Trail

THE GREAT TRAIL – Your Trail, Your Journey: Trans Canada Trail

Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Participates in World Oceans Day and The Great Trail Event June 11, 2017

Hats off to all involved on a great World Oceans Day Event Yesterday at Iona Wharf and Port, along with the Official Opening of the Waterways Launch for 24,000 km The Great Trail – (Trans Canada Trail).

What a setting, viewscape for this part of the TCT – Kudos to all for making this happen. Thank You Ann Marie MacNeil, your Team (s), Organization(s) for all you do and the Invitation to Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) to Participate – it’s greatly appreciated.

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HELD – Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc. Invited You to the Official Opening of the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route, a part of the Great Trail and the Access Point at Iona Port Bras d’Or Lake Water Route, a 377 km part of The Great Trail

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Official Opening:

1 pm – Àros na Mara The Great Trail Centre (2583 St. Columba Road, Iona)

Refreshments followed

Join us for the day

12-4:30 pm – Àros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival

Everyone Welcome!

Schedule of events:  –  or phone 902-295-0219



500 Days in the Wild – TCT

Documentary filmmaker Dianne Whelan – Coast to Coast Trans Canada Trail Journey. The British Columbia native is currently helping create awareness of NS Trails, our members and the TCT. You are encouraged to contact her via Facebook to keep up with her whereabouts in your area. Please send your messages to her through her Facebook page, . Any assistance you can provide Dianne regarding your trail and your area would be greatly appreciated. Helping her reach out to local media outlets in your region would also be welcomed as it is a great opportunity to showcase your trail and the great work you’ve been doing. Dianne just spent more than a month in Cape Breton, including 38 days paddling the Bras d’Or Lake


Community Groups Blazing Trails with New Funding

Nova Scotia Trans Canada Trail Progress Update

As the partner for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia since the TCT’s inception in 1992, NS Trails is pleased to provide you with the following update on the project leading to our connection deadline of 2017.

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) would like to ensure you and your stakeholders are aware of the funding opportunities that exist around the Trans Canada Trail Project in Nova Scotia.

Funding Available for TCT Greenways and Water Route Projects 50% funding is available through NS Trails for greenway or water route projects that close the gaps in Trans Canada Trail (TCT) connection here in Nova Scotia.

Please contact:

Garnet McLaughlin, TCT Mainland Consultant

Email: / Phone: 902-647-2271

Cape Breton Region

Grand Narrows Joins “The Great Trail” June 10, 2017

In conjunction with World Oceans Day events in the area, on June 10th, Grand Narrows will celebrate it’s Access Point to the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route of the Great Trail. With it’s completion in 2017, the Great Trail will be the longest and grandest recreational trail in the world and will wind its way through a variety of landscapes – urban, rural and wilderness – along greenway, waterway and roadway

Activities in Grand Narrows on June 10th will include:
Kayak Workshop: 10am-12pm
Lobster Boil: 1-3pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 12:30pm

On June 11 from 9-11am: Think Tank Breakfast at the Wheelhouse Cafe “Cape Breton Weather Monitoring Network”
Cost is $15. To register contact

The Wheelhouse Cafe will be open Sat. and Sun of Oceans Day Weekend from 11am-6pm. The cafe will open for the season June 23.

***On June 11, 2017 the Port of Iona will officially join the Great Trail. Visit the Iona Port June 11 for a full day of WOD activities.



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Whether you’re ready or not, it’s June, and the water is warm! (Or finally swimmable, anyway. We are in Canada, after all.)


In this month’s issue, one of our partners, Naturally Superior Adventures, coaxes us out onto our great lakes, rivers and oceans, encouraging us to take time to appreciate our abundant natural resource, and be thankful for it.


If you’re hoping to join us for our Connection Celebration event in Ottawa on August 26, we’ve also got information to help you plan your travel.


See you out there on the Trail!



Big Canoes on The Great Trail


Lake Superior offers a spectacular way to cross The Great Trail from Sault Ste Marie to Thunder Bay – why not do it by canoe, or, even better, 36-foot birchbark voyageur canoe?


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One Great Lake, Six Great Journeys


Planning your July 1 celebrations? Our partner, Naturally Superior Adventures, has six exciting ways for you to paddle your way to fun.


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Join Trans Canada Trail in Ottawa on August 26 for our cross-Canada connection celebration


Trans Canada Trail is trekking over to Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa! On August 26, from noon to 2 p.m., TCT will celebrate connection across Canada with music, food trucks and giveaways.


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New Point Zero East


Cape Spear, Newfoundland, is the eastermost point in North America and TCT is proud to announce that, as of last Thursday, it became The Great Trail’s new Point Zero East. A new partnership with the East Coast Trail Association made connection of this section of the Trail possible.


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Sarah Jackson completes her walk on The Great Trail

They said it would takes up to two years, two months and one week to walk across the country, but for Sarah Jackson, it took just one day less than two years. On a journey that took her from Victoria, B.C., in 2015, to St. John’s, N.L., in 2017, the courageous 24-year-old from Edmonton, Alberta, finished her trek yesterday.

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NS Trails hired a Cape Breton Trans Canada Trail Engagement Officer

Excerpt from October 10, 2014 news release:

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails), as the recognized agent for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Farrell as our Cape Breton Trans Canada Trail Engagement Officer. Farrell will be responsible for advancing the connection of waterway routes and land trail on Cape Breton Island.

Farrell brings a wealth of experience in public engagement, relationship building, communications and event planning to this position. “We are excited to have someone of Jessica’s calibre and enthusiasm in this position,” says NS Trails TCT Committee Chair, Blaise Mac Eachern. “Jessica will be partnering with community-based organizations on Cape Breton Island to help us achieve our goal of connecting the Trail in Nova Scotia by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.”

Jessica has already met with a number of important stakeholders on the Island.

She has been busy doing presentations for a number of community/municipal representatives and hopes to continue with other potential partners, including First Nations communities, in the New Year.

Jessica and her new role with the TCT were featured in articles that appeared in the Cape Breton Post, the Port Hawkesbury Reporter and in Halifax’s Metro News.  She was also interviewed on CBC Radio’s Information Morning in Sydney.

In addition, Jessica was approached to write a monthly article about the TCT progress on the Island for the Cape Breton Post’s community paper, ‘The Community Post.’  This is published weekly and distributed throughout the Island, delivered directly to 45,000 homes in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Jessica has just completed her second article, which is expected to appear before the holidays.

This is a great opportunity for us to showcase and highlight the work being done on the TCT in Cape Breton. We believe it will help garner broad interest, awareness and excitement about the project and we look forward to her regular contributions.

Provincial Update:

Representatives of NS Trails and the TCT met with the Deputy Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and his staff on November 29, 2014 to discuss the TCT’s Roadway Strategy for Nova Scotia and get direction from Dr. Paul LaFleche and his staff regarding how to proceed with roadway links and signage.  Additional discussions with TIR Department staff will take place in the coming months.

Happy Holidays from everyone at NS Trails!

For general inquiries, call NS Trails at 902-425-5450 Ext 325.

Yvette d’Entremont, Communications & Office Assistant

Nova Scotia Trails

5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor, Halifax, NS B3J 1G6

Phone:  (902) 425-5450, Ext. 325 / Email:


NS Trails is a charitable organization that supports trail development, maintenance and management in Nova Scotia.  We are also the agent for the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. For volunteer or donor opportunities please visit our website.  Don’t forget to join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Community Information Session – Cape Breton Trans Canada Trail

Engagement Officer, Jessica Farrell, hosted a Community Information Session, Wednesday December 3rd in the court room in Baddeck to discuss Trans Canada Trail in our area. She  discussed the current Phase 1 TCT project in Cape Breton which includes a blueway water route around the Bras d’Or Lake, and the ‘next steps’ involved in becoming a community access point as part of the route.Community members interested in learning more about this project attended.

When you go out on the Trail don’t forget to take the Trans Canada Trail BioKit – A fun way to learn about the environment and explore Canada’s biodiversity. ‪#‎ourjourney‬ ‪#‎tctrail

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