The Trans Canada Trail and its supporters welcome the public to join a celebration in Fredericton on October 15, 2016 from 1:30-3:30 pm to commemorate The Great Trail’s complete east-west connection across New Brunswick.
The afternoon of will be full of entertainment, fitness, family activities and a speech by the Member of Parliament for Fredericton, Matt DeCourcey. The event will take place at Fredericton’s Government
A performance by popular New Brunswick musical act the Muskrat Singers is expected to add to the festivities. A Wolastoqiyik Drum group of the St. John River Valley, the Muskrat Singers have been performing traditional and contemporary olastoq songs across Canada and the USA for over 20 years.
Family Fun Runs with The Running Room
Midday, guests can choose to relax with on the grounds of Old Government House, or join one of two Family Fun Runs on The Great Trail – a 1K and a 5k - sponsored by The Running Room. Participants are encouraged to sign up on The Running Room’s website. The 1K run is free, and there is a $10 charge per family for the 5K run. Participants will receive a commemorative medal.
Finish the day with music and a taste of epic cake
After working up an appetite, guests can join in the ceremonial cutting of an “epic” cake, generously provided by Monkeycakes of Fredericton. The creation of the giant cake for the celebration will be featured on an upcoming episode of Monkeycakes’ new reality TV show. Musical entertainment will be provided by The Rockin Billies, a rockabilly trio who blend original songs with early rock-n-roll favourites.
New Brunswick’s can’t-miss Trail sections
Blessed with natural beauty and historical significance, New Brunswick’s segments of The Great Trail runs through many significant points of interest across the province. Among them, Sackville Waterfowl Park and The Marshes make for a great combined day trip.
A 3-kilometre nature lover’s dream Sackville WaterFowl Park features winding boardwalks that offer viewings of muskrat, ducks, and various waterfowl habitat. Nearby, Trail visitors can experience The Marshes, an old rail trail that finishes in Port Elgin. The Marshes is one of the last sections of The Great Trail being connected for New Brunswick’s 100% connection milestone, along with a section in Grand Fall.
Another New Brunswick Great Trail highlight is the hike- or bike-friendly Fundy Trail Parkway that runs along the Fundy Escarpment. It offers stunning views of the Bay of Fundy. Fredericton and its surrounding areas are home to 85 kilometres of The Great Trail.
To learn more about the October 15 celebration in Fredericton, please visit the Trans Canada Trail Events page.