Mountain Biking Trails

Interested in what is happening with the Mountain Biking Committee? Check out the most recent minutes to keep up to date.

You can view the minutes from the most recent mountain bike committee meeting here.

Advocating for Mountain Bike Trails and Access

Nova Scotia has some incredible trail riding. All over the province you will find sweet single-track where mountain bikers can get muddy and enjoy riding in the forest. There are a number of sanctioned mountain biking areas in the province that can be promoted and are well used, but there are big gaps.

There is a lot of work to do in trail development in Nova Scotia to build a better system where there are more places to ride. There are a lot of dedicated people out there advocating for trails and development, working in partnership with land owners and different levels of government. Bicycle Nova Scotia is among them and we are doing our best to represent the mountain biking community.

Part of our work depends on people in the community keeping us in the loop about work that they are doing around the province so that we can share our resources and combine our efforts. We will do our best to help out where we can and to share the word around so that others are informed.

If you know of anything happening out there that we should have posted on our site, please let us know.

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Single Track Essentials Half Day Clinic

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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MEC Mountain Bike Group Rides

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ECMTB Group Mountain Bike Ride

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Reservoir Park Short Track Race Series

May 31 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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MTB Essentials Mountain Bike Clinics

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2014 Area Reports

Following are sector reports highlighting some of the work that took place in 2014. Read below to find out more.

McIntosh Run Trail System – Spryfield/Herring Cove

BNS supported group, McIntosh Run Watershed Association (MRWA) has secured a Letter of Authority with DNR to construct Phase 1 of the proposed trail system on the crown owned portion of the land in the area known The Backlands. Halifax also owns a portion of the land where the trail system will be located and a Land Use Agreement is in the final stage. MRWA is planning a trail building school for early spring and is hoping to begin building trail shortly afterwards.

Spider Lake Trails – Waverley/Fall River

The Spider Lake Trails Sub-committee was formed and a meeting held to determine the best strategy to move the process forward after a draft Land Use Agreement was forwarded late last year. Members met with Halifax Water to discuss a formal trail system and they are agreeable to forming a formal agreement. Outstanding issues are parking and accessing Halifax Water land. We are currently seeking a meeting with Brightwood and with TIR who own adjacent land parcels.

Blue Mountain Birch Cover Lakes Wilderness Area (Whopper) – Bayers Lake

A hiking only trail development is proposed by a coalition of groups in the Blue Mountain Birch Cove Lakes Wilderness Area in Bayers Lake. An open house held to present the project was very well attended by mountain bike supporters. An invitation came from key members of the group and a follow up meeting led to a formal letter of support from BNS.

Five Bridges Lakes Wilderness Area – Timberlea

A formal request to the Department of the Environment to allow recreational mountain biking on specific trails Five Bridges Lakes Wilderness Area led to an informative meeting with staff at DOE. The request is currently being reviewed and considered with respects to existing agreements with other trail groups.

Long Lake Provincial Park (Wrandees) – Spryfield

BNS attended a public meeting regarding a proposed trail development in Long Lake Provincial Park close to North West Arm Drive. BNS offered support for the proposed development which consisted of a combination of trail types including an wide crusher dust trail running along the power line corridor and a rougher front country loop around Withrod Lake. The development also proposed a parking lot across from the new real estate development on Cowie Hill Road.

  1. Valley Area:
The Gorge – Kentville

Trail expansion and improvements took place this fall at the Gorge including an expansion of the skills park.

Reservoir Park – Wolfville

A large skills park was installed at the park and additional trails were added. The park hosted a round of the BNS Cross-country racing series.

  1. South Shore:
M.A.R.C. Trails – Bridgewater

The Lunenburg County Mountain Bike Association held a trail building day and added more trails to the recreation area.

  1. Highlands Area:
Victoria Park – Truro

Two BNS affiliated clubs have been working with the town of Truro in Victoria Park. Bike Monkey Cycling Club and Hub Cycle Spokebenders Cycling Club have helped reclaim trails lost to overgrowth and build new trails. A small skills park was also added.

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