A message from the president & CEO
By Deborah Apps, President & CEO, Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada Trail – The Great Trail – is a timeless gift from Canadians to Canadians. Connecting the frontiers of our past and our future, by 2017, The Great Trail will cover almost 24,000 kilometres, linking Canada’s three oceans and over 15,000 communities. Uniting us physically and symbolically, the Trail is a testament to our innate desire to connect with nature, with one another and with ourselves.
Over the years, I’ve witnessed the boundless generosity and determination of volunteers, trail organizations, donors and all levels of government in contributing to the creation of this sustainable, multi-generational legacy. I’ve experienced the willingness of our partners to find solutions and to overcome the many challenges of a project of this magnitude. I am proud of the tremendous work that has gone into achieving so much, by so many, for so many, one kilometre at a time.
The Trail is a living classroom inspiring a deepening awareness of Canada’s natural heritage, history and cultural tapestry. We’re promoting our country through tourism and ecotourism, while celebrating our cultural history and preserving Canada’s environmental diversity.
I’d like to thank the thousands of committed volunteers and donors who are making history by supporting the development of the world’s longest and grandest trail, an investment that is bearing countless dividends, and will do so for generations to come. The Trail winds its way through all of Canada’s spectacular capital cities and thousands of communities, showcasing our shared landscapes, from urban and suburban to rural and wilderness.
The Great Trail will be the natural stage for celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, when a new chapter of our shared journey will begin. The Trail is a reflection of who we are, and of what we want to be as Canadians. I invite you to join us for this unique occasion – connection by 2017 – with pride of purpose. And, after the celebration of connection is over, Canada’s national Trail will continue to improve as we work together to steward, promote and enhance it, and as we invite the world to experience Canada and Canadians!