Grand Opening of the Marble Mountain Access Point to the Trans Canada Trail Bras d'Or Lake Water Route

August 1, 2016

The North Mountain Cultural and Recreation Association (NMCRA), in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) and Trans Canada Trail are pleased to announce the official opening of the Marble Mountain Access Point to The Great Trail Bras d'Or Lake Water Route on Sunday, August 14, 2016. The Grand Opening of the Access Point, the first to open on the Bras d'Or, is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

The project was made possible through the efforts and contributions of local volunteers and was partially funded by Trans Canada Trail, via a $1 million donation from RBC to support the development of three signature paddling routes in key areas of The Great Trail’s country-wide network. The Sea to Sky Marine Trail (British Columbia) and Chief Whitecap Waterway (Saskatchewan) were completed and officially opened to the public in 2015, and Bras d’Or Lake Water Route.

RBC's contribution is helping to fund the development of access points along the over 350- kilometre Bras D’Or Lake water route, including the creation and installation of interpretive and way-finding signage, picnic shelters and improvements for paddlers, providing residents and tourists with wonderful opportunities to participate in safe, healthy, affordable recreation while enjoying the natural beauty of Cape Breton Island.

This event is taking place in conjunction with the NMCRA's Family Day at the Wharf and Beach, part of the annual Marble Mountain Family Weekend. The public and media are invited and encouraged to attend the event, kayakers and canoeists are welcome to be among the first to use the new Access Point. The Family Day activities include a BBQ, poker run, childrens' games, music, and a craft market at the hall, with open swimming, kayaking, etc at the beach. These activities run from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

Date: Sunday, August 14, 2016

Time: Family Day: Noon to 4:00 p.m.

Access Point Grand Opening: 2:00 p.m.

Location: Marble Mountain, Cape Breton: Wharf, Beach and Community Hall

Trans Canada Trail: connecting The Great Trail in 2017

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is a not-for-profit organization created in 1992. TCT is working with donors, partners and volunteers to create The Great Trail of Canada – an epic trail of trails offering a wide range of activities. By Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, The Great Trail will be the longest and grandest recreational trail in the world and will wind its way through a variety of landscapes – urban, rural and wilderness – along greenway, waterway and roadway. It will span 24,000 kilometres, link our three oceans and connect over 15,000 communities.