A message from the TCT Foundation Co-Chair
By Valerie Pringle, Co-Chair, Trans Canada Trail Foundation
What is more compelling than the horizon, the open road, the vanishing point? Everything is ahead of you and full of possibilities. Both the eye and the mind’s eye are engaged.
You will notice that this is our notion of the Trans Canada Trail as we prepare to celebrate connection in 2017 of The Great Trail. This is a brand-new vision we are unveiling today to engage Canadians to enjoy, learn, discover, treasure, be inspired and celebrate this magnificent 24,000-kilometre legacy project from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans.
It is all in front of you. It is a vision that extends throughout Canada and draws us forward into the future. We are building this Trail for our children and grandchildren. It connects us to the outdoors, to each other and to ourselves.
If I were a doctor, I would write you a prescription to get out on The Great Trail every day. It would boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, improve your mood, increase your ability to focus, accelerate your recovery from illness, increase your energy and improve your sleep.
It would also make you smarter. For the Klinchon people of the Northwest Territories, the words for “footprint” and “knowing” can be used as synonyms, and the root of the English verb “to learn” comes from an ancient word meaning “to follow a track.”
The Great Trail is a gift from Canadians to Canada, and all of us should be very proud of this national icon that allows us to see our country at human speed.
I am given to hyperbole about this Trail that I love. I think it is the greatest project ever and I want you all to get involved, get excited and get out there on our Great Trail. Who knows what you might find from walking/hiking (or cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing or snowmobiling!) there, including yourself? Follow the horizon, find your Trail.