Guysborough Nature Trail

Guysborough, Nova Scotia

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The proposed Guysborough railway extended nearly 100 km (62 mi) from Guysborough to the village of Ferrona Junction near New Glasgow. Between 1929-1931, considerable work was undertaken before the project was cancelled. The rails were never laid and the bridges were not built, even though the concrete abutments – some quite massive – were poured. The people of Guysborough never forgot their promised rail line, or the prosperity they hoped it would bring. When the concept of the Trans Canada Trail was introduced, they were among the first to see that it could turn their rail line into a transportation corridor of another kind. They have many of the same hopes that the Trans Canada Trail will be an economic stimulus to the village through which it passes, but with, perhaps, more modest expectations. The Guysborough Rail Trail officially opened the first section of the Trans Canada Trail built in Nova Scotia on June 1 of 1996, and they have not stopped building since. The McAllister Bridge, a 60m (197 ft) cable suspension bridge capable of supporting ATVs and snowmobiles, is a must-see for every hiker.

Guysborough Nature Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The proposed Guysborough railway extended nearly 100 km (62 mi) from Guysborough to the village of Ferrona Junction near New Glasgow. Between 1929-1931, considerable work was undertaken before the project was cancelled. The rails were never laid and the bridges were not built, even though the concrete abutments – some quite massive – were poured. The people of Guysborough never forgot their promised rail line, or the prosperity they hoped it would bring.

When the concept of the Trans Canada Trail was introduced, they were among the first to see that it could turn their rail line into a transportation corridor of another kind. They have many of the same hopes that the Trans Canada Trail will be an economic stimulus to the village through which it passes, but with, perhaps, more modest expectations. The Guysborough Rail Trail officially opened the first section of the Trans Canada Trail built in Nova Scotia on June 1 of 1996, and they have not stopped building since. The McAllister Bridge, a 60m (197 ft) cable suspension bridge capable of supporting ATVs and snowmobiles, is a must-see for every hiker."

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Guysborough
Distance: 21
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 9 to 12 hours
Season: Best spring through fall
Additional Use: Snowmobiling
Local Contacts: Gainsborough County Trails Association
Local Maps: Guysborough 11 F/5
Driving Directions: Directions to Guysborough Nature Trail

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May 2018