Canada is now home to the world’s longest network of multi-use recreational trails, a thread that links communities from coast to coast to coast. But, it must be protected and enhanced. To ensure the Trail continues to capture the hearts and minds of both Canadians and visitors, Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is now setting out on a new campaign – Deeply Connected.
Mapping out the efforts for the next four years, until 2022, the campaign highlights the profound connection people of all ages and backgrounds have to the Trail. Deepening connections means nurturing relationships with outdoor enthusiasts across Canada and garnering support for The Great Trail. It means encouraging people, no matter where they are, to go out and discover the Trail, andattracting visitors to Canada by developing further partnerships with tourism organizations, both in Canada and internationally. People, places and legacy are the areas of focus over the next four years.
The strategic plan for 2018-22 includes preserving The Great Trail’s legacy by developing new Trail sections and improving existing ones, converting roadways to greenways where possible, and supporting the repair of damage caused by natural disasters. Further goals include making the Trail more accessible for seniors and people with disabilities, as well as continuing to work closely with Indigenous communities, Trail groups and partners at all levels.
That’s where the new Capital Improvement Plan, which supports Trail projects across Canada, comes into play. Generous donations have empowered TCT to provide funding to almost 80 new Trail improvement projects this year. These projects include:
The development of an eight-kilometre pedestrian trail in the hamlet of Tulit’a in the Northwest Territories.
The creation of a new greenway that will connect the communities of Mississauga First Nation and Blind River in Ontario.
The construction of a pedestrian bridge for walkers and hikers along the West Bragg Creek Trail in Alberta.
An additional goal is to champion Trail use and create awareness so that everyone can connect with Canada’s national Trail.
TCT invites Canadians to join the thousands of valued donors who support the work of selfless volunteers working to protect this Canadian treasure by creating new Trail sections, and enhancing and improving existing ones.