Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Bealach Brèagha Trail Opens in Lake Ainslie

Government of Canada supports the development of The Great Trail

February 06, 2017 - Lake Ainslie, N.S. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Gaelic for “Beautiful Mountain Pass”, the Bealach Brèagha Trail, located in Inverness County, was officially opened to the public this weekend. The newly completed section of trail is part of The Great Trail, a national legacy project connecting all provinces and territories and linking the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic coasts. This 49.9km section of trail forms part of the land-based Trans Canada Trail extending from Port Hastings to Whycocomagh, where it will connect with the majestic Bras d'Or Lake water route, extending to North Sydney.

Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso, attended Saturday’s ribbon cutting event on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA). The Government of Canada, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund, provided a non-repayable contribution of $239,735 to assist with trail construction, the addition of bridges and culverts, and the creation and installation of interpretive and directional signage.

Bealach Brèagha is just one of a number of sections of The Great Trail in Inverness County; other sections include the 92 km Celtic Shores Coastal Trail, the 15.6 km Cape Clear Trail, and the 14.9 km Lewis Mountain Trail, scheduled to open in Spring 2017. Inverness County will also boast four of The Great Trail’s water access points, the first of which opened at Marble Mountain in August 2016. Water access points at the Whycocomagh Waterfront Centre, the We’koqmaq First Nation and Orangedale are also scheduled to open in Spring 2017.

A detailed map of The Great Trail is available at The online map displays completed sections of trail in green, with planned sections of trail plotted in red. The online map is routinely updated as trails and access points open, and allows trail users to visualize their route along The Great Trail.


“The Government of Canada is committed to making investments that improve the physical health and well-being of Canadians. Investing in recreational infrastructure supports active, healthy lifestyles, which results in a healthier population.” 

     − The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for ACOA

“Cape Breton’s tourism industry is vibrant and colourful – and the Bealach Brèagha Trail is a great example of the experiences and destinations the island has to offer. Our government is proud to invest in the tourism industry across the country, creating jobs for Canada’s middle class and those working hard to join it. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, let’s also celebrate our tourism industry and the people and communities who drive it.” 

     − The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and Minister of Small Business and Tourism

“Cape Breton is blessed with many amenities such as beaches, hiking trails, golfing, sailing and a vibrant culture. The availability of trail infrastructure not only contributes to growing the economy of Cape Breton, but also assists in attracting business and professionals by providing enhanced key recreational amenities.” 

     − Rodger Cuzner, Member of Parliament for Cape Breton – Canso

“It was fantastic to see this project through to fruition and have the community come out to celebrate the opening. Our sincerest thanks to each and every one of our volunteers and partners for their help in making this trail a reality.” 

     − Coralie Cameron, Co-chair, Lake Ainslie Development Association

Associated Links


Lori Selig
Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Phone: 902-266-7477 (cell)

Coralie Cameron
Lake Ainslie Trail Committee
Phone: 902-258-5439 (cell)


Trans Canada Trail: The Great Trail
Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is a not-for-profit organization created in 1992. TCT is working with donors, partners and volunteers to create The Great Trail of Canada – an epic network of trails offering a wide range of activities. By Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation 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. It will span 24,000 kilometres, link our three oceans and connect over 15,000 communities. The Government of Canada is supporting Trans Canada Trail in developing The Great Trail, through a matching grant of one federal dollar for every two dollars raised, up to $25 million.

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails)
The Nova Scotia Trails Federation is a non-profit organization and provincially registered charity that represents the interests of trail users and community-based volunteer trail groups in Nova Scotia. NS Trails supports the work of community groups in the planning, building, maintenance and management stages of recreational trails in communities throughout the province.

Lake Ainslie Development Association (LADA)
LADA is a local community development association committed to enhancing life in the community. The Association's focus is on the economic, social and environmental health of the community.