Member’s Statement Hugh MacKay, MLA Chester – St. Margaret’s Topic: St. Margaret’s Bay Rails to Trails Re-Opens

Mr. Speaker, the St. Margaret’s Bay Rails to Trails Association recently completed a major improvement project, celebrated by an official reopening ceremony last September.

When the original railway around St. Margaret’s Bay was closed, a group of dedicated volunteers founded their association in 1995 committed to transforming the old rail beds into active living infrastructure.

Now a trail spanning 32.5 kilometers from Hubley to Hubbards offers opportunities for walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and ATV activities. The trail is part of the Rum Runners’ Destination Trail which runs from Halifax to Lunenburg. The tail also connects to the Aspotogan Trail.

Three years ago, the group began a massive fund-raising program coupled with thousands of hours of volunteer labour to resurface the trails, replace several bridge decks, repair ditches, culverts and drainage issues, and trim trees and brush. The trail has many interpretive panels on the history, ecology and point of interest along the way.

Mr. Speaker, the volunteer members of the St. Margaret’s Bay Rails to Trails Association are to be congratulated on their important contribution to active transportation, wellness activities, and improved access to the enjoyment of our province’s natural beauty.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker