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Outdoor Opportunities Await on Halifax to Lunenburg Trail

Destination Trail to Stretch 109km

January 17, 2014 - St. Margaret’s Bay, NS


Nova Scotia is upgrading, unifying and branding seven of its trails as a new outdoor adventure tourism product: a continuous 109km hiking and cycling route from Halifax to Lunenburg. The destination trail will be promoted as a new way for visitors to experience two of the province’s most popular destinations—and all the scenic communities in between.

Representatives from each of the seven trail systems have formed the Halifax to Lunenburg Steering Committee to spearhead the project, which includes the development of a trail brand, wayfinding signs, information kiosks, improved access points, amenity and rest areas and a mobile-compatible website. The committee is collaborating with communities along the trail corridor and using local suppliers for goods and services related to the project.

The Government of Canada is investing $83,000 in the project, through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF), as announced today by Parliamentary Secretary and local MP Gerald Keddy. The Province of Nova Scotia is contributing $65,000 through Nova Scotia Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. Additional support for the project includes $20,000 from Halifax Regional Municipality, $5,000 from the Municipality of the District of Chester and $5,000 from the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg.

Quick Facts
  • According to the Nova Scotia Tourism Agency, the outdoor enthusiast visitor stays longer and spends more than other tourists—$1,960 versus $1,290 on average per person.
  • The seven Nova Scotia trails being combined to create the destination trail are: the Chain of Lakes Trail, the Beechville Lakeside Timberlea (BLT) Trail, the St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails-to-Trails Trail, the Aspotagan Trail, the Chester Connecter Trail, the Dynamite Trail and the Bay to Bay Trail.
  • The use of local suppliers for the project will inject an estimated $170,000 into local economies.
  • The vision of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation is for all Nova Scotians and visitors to have access to well-managed trails for the pursuit of health, recreation and tourism.

“Our Government is proud to invest in a hiking and cycling route that links two of Nova Scotia’s top tourist destinations. The Halifax to Lunenburg trail builds on our community’s natural assets to create a high-quality outdoor experience for local families and new visitors alike.”

Gerald Keddy
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Revenue and for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Member of Parliament for South Shore-St. Margaret’s, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (ACOA)

“Our tourism strategy calls for new ways to attract visitors to Nova Scotia, have them stay longer and spend more money. These trail partnerships and enhancements will entice cyclists to spend several days exploring coastal communities between Halifax and Lunenburg, enjoying restaurants, accommodations and attractions along the way.”

Suzanne Lohnes-Croft
MLA for Lunenburg, on behalf Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Michel Samson

“With the financial commitment and support from all three levels of government, the private sector and partnering volunteer organizations, this destination trail project is a fabulous initiative—one that will not only provide enormous long-term economic opportunities and benefits to the many coastal communities from Halifax to Lunenburg, but also to the Nova Scotia outdoor enthusiast tourism market in general.”

Bill Wiggins
Chair of the St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails-to-Trails Association / Chair of the Halifax to Lunenburg Steering Committee

Related Products

Harper Government Strengthening Community Infrastructure across the Country: ACOA Investment in Bay to Bay Trail and Nearby Infrastructure (ACOA, 2013) 
Federal and Provincial Governments and Local Trails Organizations Partner to Promote Atlantic Canada as a Tourism Destination (ACOA, 2011)

Associated Links 

St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails-to-Trails Association 
Nova Scotia Trails Federation


Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Alex Smith
Director, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Tina Thibeau
Media Relations Advisor
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism
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Bill Wiggins
St. Margaret’s Bay Area Rails-to-Trails Association