This is why an event calling for the public’s help in clearing the main trail will happen Saturday, October 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gulliver’s Cove, as part of Hike Nova Scotia’s Trailgate Canada 150 initiative.
People of all ages are encouraged to come out to learn a bit about what goes into trail creation and maintenance, and also to get better acquainted with what Gulliver’s Cove has to offer.
“The view from the look off at the top of Gulliver’s Cove is one of the most scenic spots around here. As people climb and help clear the trail, they’ll be able to experience it for themselves,” says Riley.
The creation of ‘trailgate’
Janet Barlow is Hike Nova Scotia’s executive director. She says tailgate parties that happen at sporting events inspired the Trailgate initiative.
Trailgate was created to celebrate and showcase trails across Nova Scotia and also to create some awareness of the time and effort put into their maintenance.
“A lot of hikers really don’t appreciate these trails do not pop up out of nowhere,” she says.
“Blood, sweat and tears go into creating them. These trailgate events are meant to celebrate that effort.”
Barlow says she hopes the events also lead to more people getting involved with supporting their local trail societies and the trails themselves.
“Whether getting involved with financial support, volunteering or serving on a trail’s board, we hope this initiative inspires people to give back,” she says.
Getting involved with Gulliver’s
The event at Gulliver’s Cove will offer cake and hotdogs – along with apples for a healthier choice – for those who take part, as well as the chance to enjoy the view from above at the Look Off.
The brush needing clearing is mainly shrubs and new growth trees, which won’t be overly complicated. Riley suggests anyone looking to get involved bring hand held tools, and nothing machine-powered.
“As a hiker back in the day, I’d always loved this trail. I’ve been getting questions about it ever since I started this job in June – no one really knows how to get to the Look Off,” says Riley.
“After they walk it themselves, they’ll have a better idea and can even tell other people about it.”
The event is also a great opportunity for young people to try something new.
“Whether it be school students looking for volunteer hours or young people looking for more hiking spots, this will be a great time for everyone,” says Riley.