MILFORD: The worlds longest network of recreational trails, the Trans Canada Trail, is breaking ground through East Hants.

The trail, which started being built in 1992, is set to be completed by Canada’s 150 birthday celebration, stretching 24,000 km to connect the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.

There are two parks that are a part of the East Hants section of the trail, one in Milford at 1705 Hwy 2 across from the Gypsum Mines, and one in Lantz on Green Road, across from the Clay Quarry, both of which run along the Shubenacadie river. Because of the close proximity to the pre-existing Shubie Park, which also runs along the river, the Municipality of East Hants decided to connect all three and give them the conjoined title of The Shubenacadie River Park System.

All three parks will include walking trails, picnic facilities and boat launches for non-motorized boats.

Kate Friars, Director of Parks, Recreation and Culture for the Municipality of East Hants told The Weekly Press that the original plan for the Trans Canada Trail through East Hants was to connect it to the other legs via the sidewalks through Lantz and Shubie, but they came up with a better, more creative plan.

“We were able to talk to them about reconsidering rather than going along the sidewalks to have a river experience, when we acquired the property at 1705 Hwy. 2, we already owned the Green road, it made some sense to link the three properties and call it the Shubenacadie River Park experience,” explained Friars, “that way we could say to Trans Canada Trail that as people were coming along the trail in East Hants it would be a river experience.”

I think its a really interesting aspect because prior to coming to East Hants you would be on wooded trail, some rail beds, primary biking or walking. Once you come out of Halifax and make your way to East Hants it will be your first chance to explore the Trans Canada Trail by boat,” she said.

The parks are set to open mid-to-late September and Friars promises a unique experience at each.

”Green road is very wooded and will give you along the water trail experience and be able to walk through the woods as well as getting into the water.

The site at 1705 was a former farm so its more wide open, we’re hoping to partner with Tree Canada to get some trees planted over the next few years to provide shelter while you’re visiting the park.”

The parks have yet to be named as the municipality is asking for public input on their FaceBook page, some of the names include Wickwire Station Park, or Gypsum View Park, for the Milford Leg and Clay Quarry Park or Brickwork Park for the Lantz leg.

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Nicole Gnazdowsky
Nicole graduated from Saint Francis Xavier University with a degree in political science in 2014 and University of King’s College with a journalism degree in 2016. She has been with The Weekly Press since May 2016. Nicole grew up in Rothesay N.B. and now lives in Halifax. She loves her dog, Madden, and travelling.