Annual Report 2018-2019

The Path Ahead

Continuing Canada's trail-building legacy

Trail building has always been an important part of Canada’s heritage. Building on this rich history, Trans Canada Trail is committed to providing people with opportunities to connect with one another as well as with the Canadian landscape.

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Deepening our connections to Canada’s national Trail

In a world where technology allows us to communicate in ways we never thought possible, we continue to strive for a deeper connection. The Great Trail of Canada offers just that. Canada’s national Trail gives us the opportunity to connect meaningfully with our majestic landscapes, our history and our sense of belonging.

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Trailside Highlights

Together, we’ve created the world’s longest network of recreational, multi-use trails. However, we’re only getting started.

Map of Canada

With the support of donors, volunteers and governments, we continue to ensure the Trail is a Canadian legacy that we can all take pride in.

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Big steps on The Great Trail

We weren't kidding when we said we were only getting started after connection! Last year was filled with phenomenal achievements, inspiring stories and unforgettable moments.

A cross-Canada treasure hunt!

To celebrate the first anniversary of The Great Trail’s national connection, we invited Canadians with a knack for adventure to take part in The Great Trail Treasure Hunt. In partnership with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) and with the support of numerous sponsors, we hid 100 boxes along the Trail across Canada for participants to find. The contest proved so popular that we are organizing an even bigger treasure hunt for the summer of 2019!

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Celebrating our partnership with Parks Canada

In September 2018, we joined Parks Canada to officially announce our partnership with the federal agency. We are so grateful to the Government of Canada for their generous support of $30 million through Parks Canada, and look forward to working closely with them in the coming years.

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A legacy that unites all Canadians

A message from Valerie Pringle, Chair of the TCT Foundation Board

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.
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Making an Impact

Dedicated donors are clearing the path to connection. Many trailblazers contribute directly to specific sections of this ambitious project, and we’d like to share a few of their stories.

Anne Jarvis

“The Great Trail is a legacy that will forever be in our hearts, our minds and our explorations – now and in the future.”

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“The Great Trail connects communities across Canada, giving Canadians and visitors the opportunity to enjoy the natural beauty that makes our country so special."

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A Story of Collaboration

We’re immensely proud of the progress we’ve made on The Great Trail this year, and our sponsors have been with us every step of the way.

KEEN Footwear

Our friends at KEEN Footwear continued to power The Great Trail app, which has garnered over 60,000 downloads so far. The app, available on iOS and Android devices, allows users to plan their journeys on The Great Trail. They were also among the sponsors for The Great Trail Treasure Hunt in 2018 and 2019.

The Globe and Mail

We are very grateful to The Globe and Mail, which continues to support us with free monthly advertising space.

Clif Bar

Meanwhile, Clif Bar continues to support The Great Trail’s mission by providing funding for trailhead signage and Trail development across Canada. In addition, they donated prizing for The Great Trail Treasure Hunt and encouraged its athletes to experience The Great Trail for themselves.

Esri Canada

With the ongoing assistance of Esri Canada, Canadians and visitors have the opportunity to discover the Trail through our interactive online map. By donating resources to help build and run this map, Esri has helped us to build an invaluable resource of shared knowledge that helps to promote The Great Trail and to preserve this national treasure.


We were also pleased to welcome Globalstar to The Great Trail family! The company, which distributes the SPOT X 2-Way Satellite Messenger in Canada, sponsored prizes for The Great Trail Treasure Hunt and we are excited to collaborate with them on new initiatives.