CLIF Bar is honored to be a sponsor of The Great Trail and will produce and publish a body of work about The Great Trail through a CLIF POV on our digital channels that bring forward the ideas of Culture, Connectivity & Adventure.
It was a long time coming. A quarter of a century, to be exact. But in 2017, to commemorate Canada’s 150th year, 432 existing trails in 10 provinces and three territories were officially connected to create The Great Trail, a 15,000-mile (24,000-km) urban, rural, and wilderness route across the world’s second biggest country.
We at Clif love the way The Great Trail promotes outdoor adventures and helps protect the places we play. So, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, we funded a 150-kilometre (93.2-mile) stretch of The Great Trail.
As far as Brian Krumm can see in every direction, a vivid green landscape stretches towards a bright blue horizon, seemingly endless fields of oats shimmying in a prairie breeze. “Almost all of this—our 2,880 acres of organic oats—will end up in Clif bars,” says the fifth-generation farmer.
Well north of the Arctic Circle, the hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk (pop: 852) is the site of a colorful northern Mile Zero marker, a trailhead that marks the terminus of The Great Trail’s remote northern routes connecting this far-flung corner of Canada with the rest of the country.
Maghalie Rochette literally lives on The Great Trail. It runs right past her back door in Montreal’s North Shore suburb of Saint-Jérôme, the southernmost stretch of a 146-mile (235-km) 1890s rail trail called the P’tit Train du Nord–the Little Train of the North–that is now a gravel pathway.
The rough coastline with lookout points that afford sweeping vistas of colossal cliffs, secluded bays, crashing waves and an endless expanse of sky, are part of what makes this stretch of The Great Trail special.
The people behind these Instagram accounts walked, paddled, biked and even flew along The Great Trail. Follow their journey - and their Instagram accounts - to get inspired for your next walk, hike or bike on the Trail.
On August 26th, 2017, communities all around the country gathered to celebrate the final connection of The Great Trail. After 25 years, the Trans Canada Trail was connected - spanning our entire nation.
The dual approach of serving local communities and at the same time connecting them in a nation-building endeavour is at the heart of The Great Trail initiative – it was also a key motivation behind Sobeys’ growth from a small meat delivery business in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, to more than 1,500 stores across the country.
Markers and sights remind travelers of the historic significance of The Great Trail from Fort Saskatchewan to the Athabasca Landing, and this inspired Gibson Energy, a Canadian-based service provider to the oil and gas industry, to lend its financial support.
“Having the opportunity to experience The Great Trail can make a big difference in someone’s life,” says Hugh Scott, who enjoys sharing recollections from an engagement with the Trail that spans over two decades and many geographic regions.