International Trails Day

Organization Sponsor: Nova Scotia Trails Federation


Program Description

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails, trail development and the healthy lifestyle they encourage. It is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June.Started by the American Hiking Society in 1992, trails Day has spread to encompass all forms of recreational trail usage in more than a dozen countries worldwide.It promotes public awareness of and appreciation for trails and the people who build & maintain them. Builds partnerships among trail groups, businesses, and public land managers. Encourages cooperative efforts among different trail users, including hikers, bicyclists, equestrians, walkers, runners.
International Trails Day brings together trails enthusiasts, to participate in educational exhibits, trail dedications, gear demonstrations, and instructional workshops and trail work projects.
The public is encouraged to join in the celebration by attending one of the community events listed at If you have an event you would like to post on this site simply email the details to [email protected].
The Nova Scotia Trails Federation is a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of trail users and community-based recreational trail groups in Nova Scotia. NS Trails supports the work of community groups in the planning, building, maintenance and management stages of recreational trails.

Program Approximate Cost: 


Funding Sources: 

Community Clubs and Organization sponsor local events

Strategies For Sustainability: 

This event is promoted locally all around the world and it helps to create interest. The local community can adapt the celebration to their unique community needs. It can be small or large depending on the community resources.

Impact Of Program: 

With more than 300,000 Nova Scotians using trails 6,000 are representative by NSTrails and over 70 community trail groups are registered. International Trails Days the second Saturday in June attracts millions of people world wide and thousands of events. In Nova Scotia It represent the largest trail activity on one day with over 50 local groups creating events for trails.

Evaluation Tools: 

The groups post their events on line and share their success afterwards.

Key Elements Towards Success: 

Excellent promotion province wide and i local communities. Having passion volunteers and local support makes this event successful.

Challenges To Meet Them: 

The weather is a key factor in the success of this event. Having a good team of volunteers to organize and promote the local event is key.

Length and Stage of Project: 

This celebration began in 2002 in Nova Scotia

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