In 2013, the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources engaged RMA Tourism Ltd to prepare a trail system plan for McNabs Island, part of McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park. The plan was intended to guide the development and maintenance of a sustainable system of trails on the island. As part of the contract, the consultant was tasked with evaluating existing trails to determine if they were sustainable, properly located and constructed, and offered the desired experience. Where issues with existing trails were noted, RMA Tourism was asked to recommend solutions including, where appropriate, required upgrades with best-practice construction techniques, alternative alignments and, if deemed necessary, abandonment.
In November 2013, RMA Tourism submitted their final report to the Department of Natural Resources. This report proposed an enhanced system of trails for McNabs Island that would improve access to key features of the island and enhance opportunities for experiencing the unique island geography and heritage features.
The report was subsequently reviewed by the Department of Natural Resources and the McNabs and Lawlor Islands Provincial Park Advisory Committee. While in agreement with much of the report, both parties felt that some refinements were necessary before being adopted by the Department. This report therefore represents the revised trail system plan for McNabs Island that has been adopted by the Department of Natural Resources. Significant portions of RMA Tourism’s original report have been incorporated in this final trail system plan.
The Department will review the McNabs Island Trail System Plan on a regular basis to ensure it continues to provide consistently high standards of trail experience.