A resource for this and future generations

A message from Deborah Apps, President & CEO of Trans Canada Trail

  Deborah Apps says the Trail gives Canadians and visitors unprecedented access to experience Canada’s geography, history and cultures.  Photo by Andrew Penner

Deborah Apps says the Trail gives Canadians and visitors unprecedented access to experience Canada’s geography, history and cultures. Photo by Andrew Penner

It is important to recognize that the Trail is more than a line on the map – it means that Canadians and visitors have unprecedented access to experiencing Canada’s geography, history and culture.

Today, technology allows us to connect in ways we never thought possible; however, we continue to strive for a deeper meaning and connection. The Great Trail offers just that. Canada’s national Trail gives us the opportunity to connect meaningfully with our majestic landscapes, our history and our sense of belonging. 

Stretching over 24,000 kilometres, The Great Trail is the longest network of recreational, multi-use trails in the world, and it benefits Canadians in many ways. It strengthens our communities, it promotes our mental and physical well-being, and it deepens our understanding of what it means to be Canadian. It will help future generations to know and understand Canada better.

Yet, the Trail’s journey – 26 years in the making – is just beginning. Our efforts continue with the launch of the Deeply Connected campaign. The Great Trail is much more than a line on a map – it is the essence of who we are. And, as Canadians, we all have an opportunity to deepen our connection to Canada’s national Trail, and to our country, by discovering it, using it and enjoying it, and by supporting it financially and through volunteerism.

Much work lies ahead to enhance Canada’s national Trail, and we are grateful for the continued generosity of governments, corporate sponsors and individual Canadians. The federal government recently announced an important $30-million investment through Parks Canada over the next four years. The Trail needs this kind of investment to sustain this national legacy for generations to come.

My connection to The Great Trail, as a first-generation Canadian, has truly enriched my life. The Trail connects me to a country that has given me so much and has afforded me so many opportunities, and this magnificent project has allowed me to give back, in a small way. Over the past 13 years of my involvement, I have had the good fortune not only to represent our national Trail, but also to work with enthusiastic supporters who share our vision of connecting our country from coast to coast to coast. 

I encourage you to explore and experience the Trail – you will connect to something that really matters to you. The Great Trail is our shared legacy, a connection to our past and present, to our communities and to one another.