Request for Proposals - Cheverie Saltmarsh Trail

posted Aug 14, 2017, 8:52 AM by West Hants Trails

WHTA is pleased to announce we will be making upgrades to the Cheverie Saltmarsh Trail this autumn. 
If you or your company have wilderness trail building experience, please find below a request for proposals with details on the project, requirements and how to make a submission.   

Fall guided hike - Avondale trail system

posted Aug 10, 2017, 4:37 PM by West Hants Trails

The West Hants Trails Association is pleased to partner with HikeNS and over a guided hike on the Avondale trail system on Sunday October 22nd, 2017.  We'll meet at the Avondale community hall parking lot at 50 Avondale Cross road at 1:45pm for a 2:00pm departure. We will offer two hikes at the same time:  
1. Westbrook trail (~ 2.5 km), and;
2. The entire trail system, including all of Westbrook, Mosher and Tunnel quarry trails (~ 5 km). 
Click here for a map of the trails and their location. All trails are of moderate difficulty, with some steep inclines and uneven footing. Please wear the appropriate layers, including rain gear if required, and bring water. Please pre-register by emailing us at westhantstrails@gmail.com, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for cancellation notices. 

Grand opening hike - Avondale trail system!

posted May 9, 2017, 5:21 PM by West Hants Trails   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 10:39 AM ]

The West Hants Trails Association is pleased announce we’ll be celebrating the completion of the Avondale trail system with a Grand Opening Hike on Sunday June 25! We'll meet at the Avondale Sky winery parking lot at 80 Avondale Cross road at 1:45pm for a 2:00pm departure. We will offer two hikes at the same time:  
1. The brand new Tunnel quarry trail, including a portion of Mosher trail (~ 2.0 km), and;
2. The entire trail system, including all of Tunnel quarry, Mosher and Westbrook trails (~ 5 km). 
Click here for a map of the trails and their location. All trails are of moderate difficulty, with some steep inclines and uneven footing.  Please wear the appropriate layers, including rain gear if required, and bring water. Please pre-register by emailing us at westhantstrails@gmail.com, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for cancellation notices. 

Trail work party - June 11th

posted May 9, 2017, 5:13 PM by West Hants Trails   [ updated May 9, 2017, 5:34 PM ]

Please come join WHTA for a trail work party on Sunday June 11th from 10am to 2pm. We’ll be working on the finishing touches of the Avondale Trail System, now offering over 5km of trails with two trailheads! We’ll meet at the Avondale Community Hall parking lot (50 Avondale Cross Road, Avondale) at 10am. Please wear the appropriate layers, including rain gear if required, and bring water. Please be prepared for walking 2.5-5km carrying trail building supplies and using hand tools. A lunch will be provided. Please contact us at westhantstrails@gmail.com to register or for further information. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for cancellation notices. 

AGM

posted Feb 15, 2017, 4:00 PM by West Hants Trails

The Annual General Meeting of the West Hants Trails Association will be Thursday March 9 at 7:00 pm in the Windsor Community Centre.  This annual meeting is for all members and in fact requires several non-Board members to attend for quorum.  All members are encouraged to attend and can vote at this meeting.   
Our Board currently consists of 5 Directors.  We are soliciting members to volunteer as Directors for the new year to bring our numbers to at least 7.  Please let me know if you are interested by emailing westhantstrails@gmail.com

FREE guided snowshoe Hike - Avondale trail system

posted Jan 11, 2017, 4:48 PM by West Hants Trails

The West Hants Trails Association is pleased to partner with Hike Nova Scotia and offer FREE guided snowshoe hikes on the Avondale trail system in Avondale on February 26th at 1:00pm. We'll Meet at the Avondale community hall parking lot at 50 Avondale Cross road at 12:45 pm for a 1:00pm departure. We will offer two hikes at the same time, one on the Westbrook trail (~2.5 km) and one of the entire system (~5 km) including the Westbrook trail, Mosher trail and a sneak peak of the new Tunnel Quarry trail. Click here for a map of the trails and their location.  Please pre-register by emailing us at westhantstrails@gmail.com, and keep an eye on our Facebook page for cancellation notices. 

Mosher trail grand opening hike - Avondale

posted Oct 6, 2016, 3:53 PM by West Hants Trails   [ updated Oct 6, 2016, 4:01 PM ]

The West Hants Trails Association, in partnership with HikeNS, is offering a FREE guided hike on Sunday October 16th at 1:00pm on the new Mosher trail, part of the Avondale trail system. This event will be a celebration of the grand opening of the new trail! We'll meet at the new trail head is located behind the winery at the Avondale Sky Winery, at 80 Avondale Cross Road, Newport Landing/Avondale (click here for a trail system map). We'll be offering two hikes, one about 5 km, and one about 2.5 km. We'll all hike the new trail, and then those who want a longer hike can continue along the Westbrook trail loop. Both hikes will end at the second trail head of the system at the Avondale Community Hall, where refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please bring any water or snacks you may required en-route, and dress appropriately for the weather. We'll be heading out rain or shine. Please email westhantstrails@gmail.com to register in advance (so we can ensure we've got enough snacks!). Come check out the new trail! 

Avondale has a new trail open!

posted Jun 23, 2016, 5:21 AM by West Hants Trails   [ updated Aug 24, 2017, 10:40 AM ]

The West Hants Trails Association has been working on the expansion of trails in Avondale to create the Avondale trail system. We are happy to announce there are now two different trail options in Avondale! A new 2.0km trail named Mosher's trail, links the current Westbrook trail to the Avondale Sky winery and vineyard, where a second trailhead and parking is provided. Please click the link below to see the new trail system map, and read the detailed trail descriptions below.  We will be having a grand opening celebration for Mosher's trail this September, and will replace the temporary signage with new signs soon!

Map link: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1sNXIWDI1Yx4ghaLA8bA4cVHLM_s

Mosher's trail: Named after the planter settlers granted this land in 1760, Mosher's trail takes you from the Avondale Sky winery to the Westbrook trail. On this 2.0km of trail you will travel through the edge of the vineyard and into the forest, then along an historic rail-bed and into a regenerating forest. After this, the trail leads to the headwaters of the Westbrook and meanders along  the brook through mature Acadian mixed-wood forest. Follow the yellow markers, and keep an eye out for 'you are here' map signage at junctions along the way. Be aware that you will be hiking over uneven terrain, steep drop-offs, and inclines. When Mosher's trail meets the junction with the Westbrook trail near its bridge over Westbrook, make the decision to continue along the Westbrook trail loop, or follow the brook downstream along the trail on the ridge and return to the Avondale Community Hall parking lot, a few hundred meters along the highway from the Avondale Sky parking lot. This trail can be travelled in the reverse direction as well.   

Westbrook trail: Named after the Westbrook brook, Westbrook trail is a 2.3km loop that takes you through a landscape dominated by an Acadian mixed-wood forest, interspersed with rolling agricultural land. Follow the yellow markers and after you cross the brook decide which direction you will take on the loop. Watch for 'you are here' map signage near the first bridge marking the junction with Mosher's trail. Be aware that you will be hiking over uneven terrain, steep drop-offs, and inclines. Karst formations, such as sinkholes, caves, and sinking streams are found within this region. They are the result of water acting on comparatively soluble rocks, in this case Gypsum. Gypsum karst forests are rare in Canada and the majority of occurrence is in this region of Nova Scotia. Karst forests contain many rare plants, and karst caves provide many of the province's most important bat hibernacula. 

These trails are intended for walking, hiking, running, snowshoeing, cross country skiing and bicycling. No unauthorized vehicles. Please practice 'leave no trace' and keep our trails clean. The Avondale trail system is maintained by the West Hants Trails Association - we welcome comments, please email us at westhantstrails@gmail.com. 

WHTA work party - let's finish phase 2 of the Avondale trail system!

posted May 20, 2016, 4:25 AM by West Hants Trails

Please come join WHTA for a trail work party on Sunday June 12th from 1pm to 5pm. We’ll be working on the finishing touches of the second phase of development on the Avondale Trail System. Soon we’ll have another 2.0km of trail to hike, with a new trail head at the Avondale Sky Winery! We’ll meet at the Avondale Community Hall parking lot (50 Avondale Cross Road, Avondale) at 1pm. Please wear the appropriate layers, including rain gear if required, and water. Please be prepared for walking 2.5-5km carrying trail building supplies and using hand tools. Beverages and snacks will be provided. Please contact us at westhantstrails@gmail.com to register or for further information, or call Devan at 902-579-0607. We will be out rain or shine!

Join WHTA for a trail work party

posted May 2, 2016, 3:55 PM by West Hants Trails


Please come join WHTA for a trail work party on Sunday May 15th from 10am to 2pm. We’ll be working on the finishing touches of the second phase of development on the Avondale Trail System. Soon we’ll have another 2.0km of trail to hike, with a new trail head at the Avondale Sky Winery!We’ll meet at the Avondale Community Hall parking lot (50 Avondale Cross Road, Avondale) at 10am. Please wear the appropriate layers, including rain gear if required, bring lots of water and snacks, and be prepared for walking 1-5km carrying trail building supplies and using hand tools. Beverages and a lunch will be provided. Please contact us at westhantstrails@gmail.com to register or for further information, or call Devan at 902-579-0607. We will be out rain or shine!

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