The Trans Canada Trail and its partners, champions and supporters are working hard to achieve connection from coast to coast to coast by 2017. Some of the TCT’s highlights this year include the following “top 10” Trail openings, receptions, funding announcements and other special events, all milestones along the way to building a truly national Trail.
APRIL 23, 2013
TCT Reception, Ontario
Valerie Pringle, co-chair of the TCT Foundation, held a lovely reception at her home in Toronto uniting many of the TCT’s core supporters.
SEPTEMBER 27, 2013
Official opening of a 40-km section of the Border to Beaches Trail, Manitoba
More than 100 people – including TCT’s Honorary Campaign Chair, Mrs. Laureen Harper – gathered to officially open the Trail segment connecting Old Pinawa Dam to Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba. Spanning 370 kilometres, the high-quality Border to Beaches Trail links the Ontario border with Grand Beach Provincial Park.
OCTOBER 17, 2013
Sod-turning ceremony for Meewasin Valley Trail, Saskatchewan
Trans Canada Trail and PotashCorp “turned the sod” of an expansion to the Meewasin Valley Trail, named one of the “Top 10 Greatest Hikes In Canada” by Reader’s Digest. Saskatoon’s Meewasin Valley project has been an outstanding success in cultural and natural conservation for more than 30 years and is an important natural resource of the South Saskatchewan River Valley.
APRIL 24, 2014
TCT Reception, Ontario
TCT Foundation director, Pierre Lassonde, and his wife Janelle welcomed former astronaut Julie Payette, now a TCT National Champion, Mrs. Laureen Harper and 50 honoured guests to an intimate event at their Toronto home. The highlight of the evening was a charming speech by the Lassondes’ daughter, Laurelle. Having asked her friends and family for donations to the TCT in lieu of gifts for her eighth birthday last year, she is proof that every Canadian can contribute to building our national Trail, no matter their age.
JUNE 9, 2013
Official opening of the Du Gouffre Trail, Quebec
The Du Gouffre Trail traverses the world-renowned agricultural and forested lands of the Charlevoix region, and allows for walking, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Connecting downtown Baie-Saint-Paul to the Trans Canada Trail, this Trail section is an important link between the southern part of Quebec and the Petit Témis Trail, which heads east into New Brunswick.
OCTOBER 7, 2013
Official opening of Fundy Trail, New Brunswick
Trans Canada Trail, Parks Canada and Sentier NB Trail proudly announced the official opening of the 33-kilometre Fundy Trail. It passes through Fundy National Park, part of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve and one of Canada’s most prized landscapes.
JANUARY 10, 2014
Federal funding announcement, Kinsol Trestle, B.C.
At this spectacular setting of the TCT on Vancouver Island, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced funding to help bridge many remaining Trail gaps and connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast by 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday. The matching funds of up to $25-million over four years will be administered by Parks Canada; the agreement will provide one federal dollar for every two dollars raised by the TCT.
JUNE 15, 2013
Official opening of the Lacombe County Trail, Alberta
On this eight-kilometre section of the Trans Canada Trail, hikers and cyclists can enjoy a fully paved path through the rural countryside, connecting the towns of Lacombe and Black- falds. The Trail also features “interpretive signage” created by Grade 5 students who researched the local flora and fauna.
OCTOBER 8, 2013
Announcement of funding to complete the Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island
On the Trail in Vernon River, TCT president & CEO Deborah Apps announced $1.4-million
in funding to finish connecting the Trail in PEI. This funding will bridge the last remaining gap of the Confederation Trail, between Stratford and Iona, making PEI the second province to fully connect its Trail, after Newfoundland and Labrador.
APRIL 9, 2014
TCT presentation at We Day, Ottawa, Ontario
After finishing his six-year trek on the TCT from Newfoundland to British Columbia in December, intrepid hiker Dana Meise happily waded, boots and all, into the Pacific Ocean. In April, he spoke to 16,000 young people at Canada’s national “We Day” celebrations in Ottawa.