The Making of The Great Trail

2016 - 2017 Annual report

The Quarter
Century Mark

When I look back over the past 25 years and think about how many Canadians have been involved in building The Great Trail, I’m humbled and amazed. Not often in a lifetime do you have the opportunity to participate in creating an icon for the future of your country. It has been an honour for me, personally.

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The Next

This has been a monumental year, with each passing day bringing us closer and closer to connecting 24,000 km of trails from coast to coast to coast. We are now set to celebrate a powerful symbol of Canadian unity, a national trail that will link the country across our vast geographic landscape.

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Our 2016-2017 Fiscal Year at a Glance

km of Trail
invested towards connection
km of trails added
province-wide connections
trail projects funded
new followers and subscribers

Trailside Highlights

Kilometre by kilometre, we are rapidly realizing our goal of countrywide connection, thanks to ongoing support from donors and government partners. Our local Trail groups deserve a big round of applause for their commitment to the cause and the countless hours they dedicate to tackling tasks such as installing signs, maintaining pavilions and building paths, bridges and trail heads. We have a lot to report on this year thanks to their efforts and, for that, we’re incredibly grateful.

A Landmark Year in Atlantic Canada

On the eastside of Canada, The Great Trail presents opportunities for a range of activities. Outdoor enthusiasts have relatively easy access to four unique provinces and their distinct sections of the Trail. While among the smallest of our provinces, don’t call any of these Maritime provinces ‘bite-sized’ — the landscapes you’ll find here are as grandiose as they are diverse.

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Connecting Central Canada

The provinces of Quebec and Ontario are jewels nestled in the heart of our country, impressive for their geographic expanse, sizeable population and natural beauty. We’re deeply grateful to the individuals and organizations who have stepped forward to help develop our national Trail across this vast region.

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Trail Highlights in Western Canada

From prairie plains to rugged peaks to expansive ocean, Western Canada presents the most geographically diverse areas for exploration along The Great Trail. Our esteemed partners in the four western provinces continue to work diligently to connect sections of the Trail, while countless volunteers dedicate thousands of hours to the same goal. Here are a few highlights of what’s happening out west.

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The Top of the Trail

If any region of Canada is ripe for adventure, it’s the vast northern territories. The Great Trail offers and ideal entry point for outdoor enthusiasts to embark on escapades unlike anything they’ll experience outside northern Canada. From hiking to dogsledding to canoeing, the trails and waterways of the north are unspoiled and ready for discovery.

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A Milestone Year
for the Trans Canada
Trail Foundation

Message from TCT Foundation Co-Chairs Valerie Pringle & Hartley Richardson

As bold as it was to think that we could connect 24,000 km of trail across this immense country, it was equally ambitious to think that we could raise the necessary $50 million and trigger an additional $25 million from the federal government. But, thanks to incredible support, raise it we did.
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Many Make
the Milestone

These corporate supporters – and many like them – share our vision of creating this national Trail, to be treasured for generations to come. We appreciate their investment in making this dream a reality.

Growing with the Nation

Providing far-reaching support, CIBC has contributed an impressive $750,000 to date. A portion of this substantial donation is dedicated to extending The Great Trail all the way to Cape Spear in Newfoundland, the easternmost point in North America.

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Nurturing Canada’s Natural Heritage

TimberWest is Western Canada’s largest private timber and land management company — and another cherished corporate sponsor that understands the importance of The Great Trail in promoting active lifestyles within a natural environment.

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Bringing Communities Together

Heartfelt thanks are in order for Hydro One, a Canadian trailblazer that joined the Chapter 150 Campaign this year. Their $90,000 gift will help bridge an 11.8-kilometre gap between Barrie and Springwater, creating a crucial link between the southern and northern Ontario communities along The Great Trail.

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The Perfect Fit

Our partners are absolutely essential to enhancing The Great Trail experience, whether they contribute through technology or by amplifying our voice across the country. We’re proud of our ongoing relationships and we will continue to foster them.

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Donors Make Their Mark

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.

Permanent pathway

For outdoor enthusiast Sheila Ross, it’s second nature to contribute to a cause that aligns with her appreciation of outdoor activity. Philanthropy is a way of life for Sheila, whose iconic Canadian family believed in giving back to the community.

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A Chance to Stand and Stare

Nancy Baron fondly recalls an idyllic childhood in England with her family, where they enjoyed biking, paddling and strolling together in nature. Now a trustee with the W. Garfield Weston Foundation, Nancy’s support for the Trail stems from these early memories.

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East Coast appreciation

For more than 60 years, the Crabtree Foundation has contributed to a sea of change in support for Maritime communities. Although based in Ottawa the Crabtree Foundation is proud to support The Great Trail in Nova Scotia.

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Making an Impact

Whether a contribution comes from a family, a corporation or a foundation, there is one constant: a desire to connect the longest trail in the world. Here is a spotlight on two of these valued contributors who care deeply about strengthening our legacy.

Redefining Wealth for Future Generations

Vancitiy’s vision of redefining wealth dovetails with TCT’s mission. As Canada’s largest community credit union, this financial co-operative chose to showcase Victoria’s bustling downtown waterfront via a signature pathway.

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Building a Nation of Philanthropists

The Coffin family, believes that exercise and outdoor activities are essential elements of their overall well-being. So when health coach and former physiotherapist Carolyn Coffin read about The Great Trail in The Globe and Mail a few years ago, she knew she wanted to direct her family’s giving to TCT.

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Supporting Each Stride to Connection

The Trans Canada Trail has taken substantial strides towards success. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, we were thrilled to invest $6.5 in grants to local Trail groups. Committed to the cause they plan and execute a range of initiatives such as installing signs, maintaining pavilions and building paths, bridges, and trailheads.