Canada-wide festivities marked the official connection of The Great Trail across the country this summer – the first step of an exciting adventure that Canadians across the nation are embarking on together.
On August 26, Canadians gathered in each province and territory, at nearly 200 events, to celebrate the connection of The Great Trail, which has been 25 years in the making. This impressive Trans Canada Trail project now spans 24,000 kilometres and connects more than 15,000 communities across the country.
In Ottawa, a national bash marked the milestone and featured talented performers who energized the crowd of dignitaries, donors, volunteers and community members.
Amid the joyfulness, supporters also savoured the significance of the celebrations, which runs deeper than these unforgettable events. Connection is not merely a one-time occasion but rather the starting point of a longlasting legacy.
The Great Trail’s cross-Canada connection is a significant marker of collective achievements over the last quarter-century – but, more importantly, it’s the beginning of a new journey. As this new phase unfolds, the focus will shift to improving the Trail for generations to come.
The task of creating the Trail was daunting at times – it’s no small feat to traverse Canada’s vast and rugged landscape – but supporters tirelessly rallied behind the efforts. Now, individuals and families across the nation are embracing the Trail as an ideal option for physical activity in the great outdoors. The Trail has already become an invaluable asset, particularly for people living in urban areas with limited access to nature.
This incredible achievement was only made possible thanks to investments of time, energy and financial contributions. Looking ahead, fundraising efforts will continue in order to maintain and enhance the Trail for future generations to enjoy.
Without a doubt, the connection of The Great Trail is significant, but it’s not the end of the story. Instead, it marks the beginning of the next chapter for Trans Canada Trail – and for all Canadians.