Appalachian Trail (IAT) route in Nova Scotia is approximately 500 km. It
connects with the IAT in Newfoundland at the ferry terminal in North
Sydney on Cape Breton Island, and with the IAT in Prince Edward Island
at the ferry terminal in Caribou on mainland Nova Scotia.
Appalachian Trail (IAT) Nova Scotia Part 1
Appalachian Trail (IAT) Nova Scotia Part 2
International des Appalaches-International Appalachian Trail (SIA-IAT)
is a 3,000 km trans-national mountain walking trail route stretching
from Mount Katahdin, Maine, through New Brunswick to the Gaspé region of
Québec, then to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and the west coast of
the Island of Newfoundland and Labrador.
It connects with the Appalachian Trail (3,505 km), the Benton MacKaye
Trail (161 km), the Georgia Pinhoti Trail (241 km), the Alabama Pinhoti
Trail (241 km), the Alabama Roadwalk (241 km), the Florida National
Scenic Trail (1620 km) and the Keys-Everglades Roadwalk (241 km) to form
the 9,200 km Eastern Continental Trail (ECT).
The Appalachian / Caledonian Mountains were formed 200 to 300 million
years ago when North America, Europe and Africa were all part of the
super-continent Pangea. The International Appalachian Trail concept is
based on this ancient geological process and was originally conceived to
explicitly celebrate international connectivity and cooperation.
Accordingly, discussions are currently underway to extend the IAT to
Greenland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Wales, Isle of Mann, Scotland,
Norway, France, Spain, Portugal and Morocco which are all part of this
historic mountain range.
It is this truly international, and possibly intercontinental, dimension
that makes the SIA-IAT a unique global hiking experience.
In Nova Scotia, the IAT route connects with the province of Prince
Edward Island via the ferry terminal in Caribou (near Pictou); and with
the province of Newfoundland and Labrador via the ferry terminal in
North Sydney. The NS IAT trail route is 465 km in length and links
coastal environments, wilderness protected areas and significant
cultural heritage sites. It connects scenic, historic and recreational
areas in many communities and provides an exciting Appalachian hiking
experience ... up close and personal.
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