Enhancing Trail Connections for Off-Highway Vehicles

Your Liberal government is launching a pilot project, starting Oct.1, in six communities to enhance trail connections for off-highway vehicles.

The pilot will enable them to use the shoulders of roadways, and the roadway itself where necessary, in order to safely travel in select areas from one trail to another or to access services.

Only registered, licensed and insured off-highway vehicles can operate on the shoulder, or the roadway, in these six pilot areas as long as the operator has a valid driver’s licence. Drivers holding a learner’s licence are not permitted to participate. No passenger on one of the vehicles operating in the pilot area can be younger than nine years old.

The six communities chosen for the pilot are:

  • Porters Lake
  • Halifax Regional Municipality
  • New Germany, Lunenburg Co.
  • Weymouth, Digby Co.
  • Walton, Hants Co.
  • Sherbrooke, Guysborough Co.
  • Gabarus, Cape Breton Regional Municipality

“This three-year pilot will enhance trail connections and associated off-season tourism opportunities while providing us with an opportunity for further study,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Lloyd Hines. “The locations for this pilot were selected weighing factors such as trail connections, traffic volumes and road speed.”