Trail Builders Network

The Trail Builders Network is Hike Nova Scotia's capacity building hub for trail groups, First Nations and municipalities that build and maintain hiking trails.

Hike NS represents the largest group of trail users on our trails and we also represent trail building groups. In order to support the folks that make the trails we use possible, we're offering webinars and in-person trail building workshops. Trail groups, First nations and municipalities that become Hike NS group members can take webinars for free and trail building workshops at reduced rates. We’ll also keep you in the loop about news, funding and other things trail builders should know.

Trail Troubleshooting Online Discussions: Feb. 1 or 3

Check out our Trail Troubleshooting online discussions on February 1 or 3, for those who volunteer or work building, maintaining and/or fundraising for hiking trails. These events are free.

Learn more and register here 

Fundraising for Trails Online Discussions: Mar. 7 or 8

Check out our Fundraising for Trails online discussions on March 7 or 8, for those who volunteer or work building, maintaining and/or fundraising for hiking trails. These events are free!

Learn more and register here

Trail Closed Signs

Here is a template your trail group can download and print and post on your closed trails.  

Trail Closed sign PDF file     Trail Closed sign PNG file

Ideas for your Trail

Have a Volunteer Trail Building Day Coming Up?
Let Hike NS know if you have a volunteer trail building day coming up and we’ll help promote it (try to give us at least a few weeks notice in advance). Contact us

Great Nova Scotia Pick-Me-Up
Now is an excellent time to do a clean up on or near local trails. Register a clean up and get free supplies.

Webinar Series Available
Trans Canada Trail Webinar Series: Access learning opportunities from trail sector leaders
American Trails Webinar Series: Access live and recorded webinars on various trail topics 


Fiona Trail Damage Funding
NS Trails has a new Emergency Repair Small Grant fund up to $5000 for community trail groups with storm damage on private land. For trails on public land, NS Trails will help to coordinate funding through the Disaster Financial Assistance Fund. Other sources of funding will also be considered depending on the information the group provides. Complete the online form as soon as possible to help steer you to the right funding source.

Disaster financial assistance for non-profits: Hurricane Fiona fund

CUA's Community Investment Grant

Equipment Loan Program Grants

Trans Canada Trail Funding Program

Infrastructure Canada Active Transportation Funding

NS Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage - Trail Funding

NS Communities, Culture, Tourism & Heritage - Community ACCESS-ability Program

HRM's Active Transportation Grants

NS 2022-23 Connect2 Funding Program

Natural Infrastructure Fund (federal government)

Municipal Funding (many municipalities provide funding to local trail groups, check with yours)

Community Health Board Wellness Funds (not for infrastructure, more progamming)

Wage subsidies, summer jobs, interns and related funding sources: 

Federal Government Funding for Jobs

Provincial Government Funding for Jobs

Clean Foundation

Eco Canada 

Trans Canada Trail Youth Employment Program Wage Subsidy

CPRA - Canadian Parks and Recreation Association - Green Jobs

Nature Canada - Work to Grow

Project Learning Tree - Green Jobs
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