A message from Michael Lindsay, Chair of the TCT Board of Directors
My friends, The Great Trail is an important part of our national identity. But this line, which connects three oceans, is a very fragile one. Our work to enhance, maintain and promote the Trail is not done.Read more
A message from Eleanor McMahon, President & CEO of Trans Canada Trail
It is an honour for me to take on the role of President & CEO of Trans Canada Trail, and to join this amazing group of donors, trail builders and supporters. Our successes are thanks to people like you, and I am excited to contribute to the wonderful legacy that you have helped to create.Read more
Together, we’ve created the world’s longest network of recreational, multi-use trails. However, we’re only getting started.
The Great Trail in 12 months
Last year was filled with phenomenal achievements, inspiring stories and unforgettable moments.
New Spring Cleanup Grant Program
We were proud to grant funding to help 138 groups spruce up their Trail sections. Through the first-ever Spring Cleanup Grant, 173 cleanup events were held across Canada and a total of $167,000 was disbursed to support these efforts.
From removing fallen trees and debris to clearing Trail sections of trash, determined volunteers of all ages got together to tidy their trail and organize fun post-cleanup celebrations.
Our thanks to Parks Canada
Our achievements this year would not have been possible without our many supporters at all levels of government. In particular, we remain very grateful to our friends at Parks Canada, who continue to support our mission of converting interim roadways to greenways, engaging and including Indigenous communities, making the Trail more accessible, funding repairs needed to maintain connection, and creating links with other major trail networks. We are also thankful for their generous contribution of $30 million from 2018 to 2022.Read more
Donors Make Their Impact
Many trailblazers contribute directly to this ambitious project, and we’d like to share a few of their stories.
"The national scope of The Great Trail – the fact that this network connects us from coast to coast to coast – is something truly valuable."Read more
Jack and Jane Lockwood
“The Trail gives young people a simple way to get outdoors and see nature in their neighbourhoods and across Canada.”Read more
The Power of Partnership
With every step forward that we’ve taken, our dedicated sponsors have been on board and ready to support us. From providing the coveted prizes of The Great Trail Treasure Hunt to simply helping us connect more Canadians to the Trail’s story, these six organizations have contributed much to last year’s wonderful progress.
Thanks to their unwavering support since 2017, KEEN Footwear is the perfect fit for TCT. By regularly donating gift cards for TCT’s contests and events, as well as including us in their own marketing efforts, they have actively helped us introduce The Great Trail of Canada to wider audiences, and we are so grateful for their support.
Clif Bar continues to support TCT in meeting its signage goals by providing funding for trailhead signage across Canada. Other collaborations included our co-production of Clif Ambassador Maghalie Rochette’s short film The One Percent, which was filmed on the Trail in Quebec, and our involvement in an event that introduced Toronto-based influencers to their city’ section of the Trail.
By donating their resources and expertise, Esri Canada continues to play a crucial role in the provision of our online map. With this assistance, we can provide an invaluable resource of shared knowledge that raises awareness of The Great Trail and encourages users to protect this national treasure.
Tourism Vancouver Island
As part of our mission to bring more Canadians and visitors to the Trail, we were delighted to partner with Tourism Vancouver Island for the first time. An Instameet for young hikers in Langford as well as promoting wonderful travel itineraries along the Cowichan Valley Trail and the Salish Sea Marine Trail were just some of the exciting initiatives we worked on last year.