Guiding and Trail Design

Guiding and Trail Design

Minga has worked as a naturalist at Camp Pinecrest, a nature interpreter for Kejimkujik National Park, a volunteer guide for Naturally Active Victoria County, and in 2015, started Cape Breton Guided Walks, a business leading people on guided hikes and natural history walks.

Guided walk to Humes River Falls with members of Wagmatcook First Nation, May 2015.

She also has experience planning trail networks. In October, 2015, Minga was part of a three-person team lead by Garnet McLaughlin of Cobequid Trail Consulting to lay out walking trails in the Humes River Wilderness Area for the Biosphere Northeast Trails Association.  This association, initiated by Victoria County Councillor Athol Grant, is working on expanding and promoting the network of hiking trails in Victoria County, Nova Scotia. The group’s long-term vision is a network of well-marked trails throughout the County, as well as links to the TransCanada trail, and an around-the-Bras d’Or Lake trail. The first major project is a hiking trail through the Humes River Wilderness area, linking several little known, splendid waterfalls.

In 1991, Minga flagged a trail system and led a six-person crew constructing trails on a 650-acre property belonging to Camp Pinecrest, Ontario. This was an Ontario Youth Conservation Corps project. Interpretative information was developed for campers and councilors. In 1992, Minga co-wrote the first nature interpretation guide for the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve in the Monteverde Region of Costa Rica.