A Trail that unites all Canadians

A message from Valerie Pringle, TCT Foundation Board Chair

  Valerie Pringle says she has experienced many unforgettable moments along The Great Trail.  Photo by Robert Nowell

Valerie Pringle says she has experienced many unforgettable moments along The Great Trail. Photo by Robert Nowell

Today, the Trail is a brilliant way to get outside, spend time in nature and get some exercise, which we know makes us healthier and happier.


I am deeply connected to The Great Trail. 

I was smitten 20 years ago when I first saw the thin red line on a map of Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Arctic oceans.

At first, it was just the idea of it – the bold vision of a recreational trail from coast to coast to coast that is open to all.  

Today, the Trail is a brilliant way to get outside, spend time in nature and get some exercise, which we know makes us healthier and happier. 

I, and many others, worked hard to connect the Trail from coast to coast to coast for Canada 150, and raised an astonishing $83-million with the help of thousands of Canadians who love and believe in the value of this magnificent national project.  

And, now what?

Even though the Trail is connected, it isn’t complete. And that brings us to the next phase – the one where we breathe life into that word ‘connection’ by reaffirming our commitment to the continued growth, enhancement and preservation of The Great Trail. 

If you’re looking for a meaningful cause, if you want to leave something tangible for your children and your grandchildren, or if you’ve ever been moved to celebrate your connection to Canada, then I would heartily recommend that you invest in Trans Canada Trail and support the continued development of The Great Trail.

Now, my connection to this Trail is profound. It’s love, actually. 

There are so many moments I have experienced along the Trail that I will never forget. There was the joy I felt standing alongside the great-grandson of Chief Isadore on the Chief Isadore Trail in Cranbrook, British Columbia – a moment when history, culture and community all came together.

There is the meditation that comes when I walk beside the Niagara River with my dogs. 

It is a deep connection and an emotional bond with this country, and it is made possible by The Great Trail. 

I would love all of you to discover it, use it and treasure it.