Canso trail receives provincial funding

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The Eastern Tip Trails Association (ETTA) was pleased to see their group listed in the province’s trails funding announcement on May 25. Through the Recreational Trails Expansion Fund, the association, which manages the Chapel Gully Trail in Canso, will receive $30,000 for trail upgrades and repairs.

Susan O’Handley, secretary of ETTA, told The Journal in an electronic message, “The ETTA board is very excited about the funding announcement. It is a chance to repair and upgrade the trail, which in places is in desperate need, to extend the boardwalk, move the trail away from the encroaching high tides and do much needed repairs.

“We have a Go Fund Me page that has been recently updated to show the need of an additional $15,000 to complete the majority of the work. We are looking for possible wage subsidy programs, but if that fails we will be organizing work days and are hopeful the many users will donate some time to help with the work,” O’Handley wrote.

“Through the Recreation Trail Expansion Fund, we are investing to upgrade and expand recreational trails across Nova Scotia – because we live in the most beautiful place in the world and we want more people to enjoy it,” said Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Steve Craig in the release, on behalf of Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage.

On May 26, ETTA held its annual general meeting followed by a regular board meeting where the funding announcement was discussed, a progress report on repairs and maintenance was presented and the annual election of association officers took place with the following results: chairperson, Fin Armsworthy; vice chair, Marie Sullivan; secretary, Susan O’Handley; and treasurer, John Bent.

As well as organizing work days, the ETTA meeting also noted special hiking events would be held on the trail during Stanfest and Canso Regatta; further information will be posted on the Chapel Gully Trail Facebook page as it becomes available.

Twenty-two sites across the province will receive more than $600,000 for upgrades through the Recreational Trails Expansion Fund. For a full list of projects receiving funding visit: https://cch.novascotia.ca/sites/default/files/inline/2022.2023_recreation_trail_expansion_list_for_communications.pdf.

Lois Ann Dort, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Guysborough Journal

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