A former Dominion Atlantic Railway (DAR) line, which stretched from Mantua to Maitland in Hants County, has been acquired by the West Hants Regional Municipality and the Municipality of East Hants. The rail line, sold by Landar Holdings Ltd., measures 58.5 kms with 14.4 kms falling within the West Hants region.

“The West Hants Regional Council is thrilled to be partnering with East Hants Council on the purchase of the DAR Lands,” says Mayor Abraham Zebian. “This exciting project highlights Council’s wishes to have a more healthy, active and happy population”.

This acquisition adds to the extensive West Hants trail system. Staff have already begun maintenance on its newly acquired rail line from Mantua to Stanley. A meeting with stakeholders and the public is being planned to discuss next steps in the creation of the multi-use trail for all to enjoy.

“The purchase of the former DAR Line brings a historical transportation corridor in East Hants into public ownership,” says Warden Eleanor Roulston. “This will allow East Hants to develop this asset in alignment with our long-term recreational goals, while working with stakeholders and community members as we begin to explore the future possibilities and uses for this property.”

West Hants signed the purchase and sale agreement on January 31, 2023 with East Hants approving the acquisition on February 22, 2023.

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