Equestrian Pilot Project
What is the Equestrian pilot project?
This is a pilot project that allows equestrians to ride on six (6) sections of the Confederation Trail. The pilot commences Friday, July 1, 2023 and will run throughout the summer and early fall, based on trail conditions. This is the third year of a pilot to evaluate the integration of horses on the trail and their impact.
Where is the pilot’s designated trail sections?
Sections of the Confederation Trail have been carefully selected for the pilot project. They have been chosen based on having at least one large parking area along the route that would be suitable as an equestrian trailhead (i.e. a parking area which would accommodate multiple horse trailers), low volume of traffic and being located in rural areas well outside high-use sections of the trail.
Equestrian Pilot West
Harper to Alma
Beginning at Route 158 Harper Road and ending at Route 151 Centre Line Road. Trailhead parking is located at the Tignish Sportsman Riders ATV Club clubhouse (482 Deblois Road).
O'Leary to Piusville
Beginning at the Charles F. Willis Memorial Racetrack and ending at the Murray Road in Piusville. Trailhead parking is located at the Charles F. Willis Memorial Racetrack on Gaspe Road, O’Leary, adjacent to the Trail.
Equestrian Pilot Central
Kinkora to Freetown
Beginning at Anderson Rd, and ending at Freetown Road. Trailhead parking available at: McCardles Seed Storage, on the SE corner of the intersection of the Trail and Anderson Road.
Emerald to Hazelgrove
Beginning at the Nodd Road and ending at the Clyde Road. Trailhead parking at 1796 Nodd Road or 4523 Clyde Road.
Equestrian Pilot East
Lake Verde to Hermitage
Beginning at the Monaghan Road and ending at Route 3 Georgetown Road. Trailhead parking at the designated Confederation Trail parking lot on the south side of Georgetown Road, adjacent to the trail.
Hermitage to Fodhla
Beginning at Georgetown Road, and ending at Highway 23. Trailhead parking at the designated Confederation Trail parking lot on the south side of Georgetown Road, adjacent to the trail.
What are the guidelines for this pilot project?
- What to do if I meet a horse when I’m hiking?
- What to do if I meet a horse when I’m cycling?
- What are the safety requirements for Equestrians on the trail?
Where can I give my feedback about this pilot project?
As part of the evaluation process we will be seeking feedback and collecting from users of the trail. This information will be collected via a questionnaire accessed by scanning QR code sign placed at each of the various trailheads.
If you would like to provide general feedback, please email: DTIpilot@gov.pe.ca