McNabs Island supporters wait for new trail plan

The Nova Scotia government will release the details of a new trail plan for McNabs Island later this week, but the talk of a new trail plan is already dividing people connected to the protected park.

Much of the island, located at the mouth of Halifax Harbour, is a provincial park

Since 1991, volunteers with the Friends of McNabs Island Society have collected more than 10,670 bags of garbage and recyclables from the shorelines of McNabs, Lawlor Islands Provincial Park and the Fort McNab National Historic Site. (CBC)

The Nova Scotia government will release the details of a new trail plan for McNabs Island later this week, but the idea is already dividing people connected to the protected park.

Much of the island, located at the mouth of Halifax Harbour, is a provincial park and Fort McNab is a federal historic site. The Friends of McNabs Island Society has been cleaning up the beach and restoring sections of the island’s trails for the past 24 years.

Cathy McCarthy, the group’s president, says she's hopeful a new trail plan will mean the Department of Natural Resources will become a more active partner.  

“With a trail plan, it will be able to hopefully highlight some of the destinations on the island,” she said

But not everyone agrees.

Mike Tilley, who operates a ferry service to the island out of Eastern Passage, says the provincial government should spend its money more wisely.

“If they could maybe try to manage the trails that they have now. We have three beautiful historic houses on the island they're allowing to melt to the ground for want of maintenance,” he said.

Tilley says there are also serious erosion problems the province should deal with.

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources plan to unveil the details of the new trail plan at the society's annual meeting on Wednesday night.