Monday, March 14, 2016

International Trails Day June 4, 2016

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. It is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June. This year we celebrate International Trails Day on Saturday, June 4, 2016. We encourage the public to join in the fun and participate in the International Trails Day events listed below as they become available.  If you have an event you would like to post, please email the details and your contact information to NS Trails:


The Oxford and Area Trails Association 

Join them on International Trails Day for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the River Philip Bridge, Trans Canada Trail connection in Oxford, NS!

Timeline of events:

Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting: 11am to 12pm
BBQ: 12pm to 1pm
Walk the trail: 12pm to 1pm

Arrival and Parking Suggestions:

Lions Center – Parking lot – across from the Irving (a volunteer will be at the park to provide directions on how to proceed to the bridge) a short walking distance and could be muddy depending on weather. Please prepare for these walking conditions accordingly. You will need 30 mins to walk to bridge from this point.

Bragg Field - Upper Main Street – (a volunteer will be at the entrance to provide direction on how to proceed to bridge location) this will provide you with a short walk as well.

Oxford's Trans Canada Trail Head – Station Street – (a volunteer will be at the entrance to provide direction to the bridge location) This is a nice walk on the “old” Rail bed approx. 2.5 km each way. You will have to allow time for your walk in order to be at the bridge opening for 11am.

BBQ consists of hot-dogs and light refreshments.

If you require further information or directions please contact Darlene Ellis, 902-669-3457. Oxford and Area Trails Association, secretary.


Ă€ros na Mara 

Join us for a weekend long celebration of International Trails Day and World Oceans Day!

Thursday, June 2nd
8pm – 10pm Bras d’Or Lake Trivia

Community Partner Host: Iona Heights Inn

Friday, June 3rd
5 pm – 9pm Friday Evening Legion Fish Supper and Ceilidh

Community Partner Host: Grandona Branch #124 Royal
Canadian Legion

Saturday, June 4th
1pm – 7pm Bras d’ Or Lake TALKS (NEW this year)
with delegates Lobster Reception

2pm – 4pm Grand Narrows Family Day and Bras d’Or Lake Lobster
Boil - Eat In or Take Out

Community Partner Host: Grand Narrows Waterfront
Development Society

5pm – 8pm Pub – Live Music Ceilidh

Community Partner Host: Iona Heights Inn

9pm – Grandona Legion Dance featuring Silver Moon

Sunday, June 5th
Noon Iona Public Wharf – Official Opening with Sweet Grass Ceremony

Noon – 4:30pm St Columba Parish Centre
Ocean Industry, Careers and Education Related
Exhibition Trade Show

Noon – 4:30pm Iona Port and adjacent beach
Family Oriented Activities & Entertainment
Key Note Address – Dr. Bruce Hatcher, Cape Breton University

5:00pm – 8:00pm Pub – Live Music Ceilidh
Community Partner Host: Iona Heights Inn

For more information contact Randy Pointkoski at

CBRM Trails Day

Make tracks for the 2016 CBRM International Trails Day event.

Participants are encouraged to do as many local area trails in the CBRM (29) over the day. There are many groups events planned and the trail leader will set out at the given time. All welcome, bring friends.

8:00am -  Wake up the birds at Greenlinks Trail, Rotary Park. Saint Anthony Daniel Church Parking Lot. CBRM trail map #13.
10:00am - Spot the flowers around Baille Ard Trail. Sherwood Park School, Terrace St entrance. CBRM Trail map #14.
12:30pm -  Renwick Brook Walking Path, downtown Glace Bay. CBRM trail map #21.
2:30pm - John Bernard Croak Park at Beacon St, Glace Bay. Short walk to remember JBC, awarded the Victoria Cross in WW1. CBRM Trail map #19.
4:00pm - Petersfield Park Hike-a-dee walk in Westmount. CBRM trail map #16.
6:00pm - Hike to cabin on Coxheath Mtn for chocolate fondue. End of Coxheath road CBRM trail map #8.
8:00pm - Wrap up at Knox hall at the foot of the Coxheath trail. Sweets and tea, etc.

Check out the CBRM Trail Map online here:


Naturally Active for Life Victoria County 

Local Hiking Guides will be leading a hike and/or organizing a community trail event for our 5th Annual Celebration on June 4 or 5, 2016.

It all kicks off with a Pre-Trails Day 2016 hike along the historical Gold Brook Mine starting at 1pm.

Weekend Hikes:

June 4 - 10 am - Hike along the North River Falls with Marshall Kaiser.

June 4 - 10 am - A Walk on the “Wild Side” for children grades 3 to 7. Join us, and Hiking leader and local botanical forager Iris Kedmi, at the old horse race track on twining street, Baddeck for a great Naturecise through the woods!

June 5 - 1 pm - Meet us at at the Gaelic Singers Hall, Cabot Trail for a hike along Spinnigan’s Trail!


Colchester County

Kick off Colchester Bike Week and celebrate International Trails Day with bike rides along the Butter Trail and Cobequid Trail! 

Bike the Butter Trail
24 Station Road, Tatamagouche, NS
June 4 at 10:00 a.m.
It’s International Trails Day! Join us for a guided, easy-pace ride on the scenic Butter Trail to the Sutherland Steam Mill Museum and back. Part of the Trans Canada Trail, this flat trail follows the former Shortline Railway route. Distance options of 10 or 20 km. Suitable for beginners.Refreshments at the halfway point and end. Meet at the Station Road trailhead.

Cobequid Trail Family Ride
Trailhead at 202 Willow St., Truro, NS
June 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Celebrate International Trails Day! Join us for a relaxed pace, family ride on the Cobequid Trail. Part of the Trans Canada Trail, this flat trail follows the former Dominion Atlantic Railway line. Suitable for beginners. Refreshments after the ride. Meet at the Willow Street trailhead. Hosted by Hub Cycle.

For a full list of Colchester Bike Week events, visit 


Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Rails to Trails

Join Beechville Lakeside Timberlea Rails to Trails as they host a Family Fun Day to celebrate International Trails Day!

The day kicks off at 10:00am with walk or bike from either from our trail head at the Cole Plant or from Silver Birch Lake of the woods (Km 9) towards St Andrews Church (near KM 5). There will activities for the whole family! With a BBQ at the church around 11:15am to 1:00pm, bouncy castle, games with prizes and more.


Bay to Bay Trails

Join us on International Trails Day to celebrate the official opening of the Bay to Bay Trail from Mahone Bay to Lunenburg.

ORIENTEERING EVENT: for walkers and joggers. Follow a mapped course along the Bay to Bay trail and back through Mahone Bay. Suitable for all ages! Bring the whole family and take it at your own pace. Map reading clinics available. Meet on the Mahone Bay Centre soccer field from 10am to 12pm.

BIKE TO LUNENBURG: Join a guided bike ride along the trail from Mahone Bay to Lunenburg and back again with Sweetride Cycling. All abilities welcome. Meet at 10am behind the Mahone Bay Centre.

Refreshments available in the Senior's Common Room of the Mahone Bay Centre.


Forest Lakes Country Club

Please join us June 4th for International Trials Day at Forest Lakes Country Club. Enjoy a guided tour of the ecosystems, flora and fauna of this exciting development. Please RSVP through the following link if you can join us!

Time: 10am set off (please meet a little earlier)

Location: Forest Lakes Country Club - 40 Eagle View Drive, Ardoise, NS.