FAQ

The Great Trail App
What do the Trail colours represent?
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Green = Land Trail
Blue = Water Trail
Orange = Project in development Trail
A full legend is coming soon
The Great Trail
How much of The Great Trail has been connected?
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To date, nearly 24,000 kilometres of the Trail are operational. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.
How can I find The Great Trail in my area?
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Use our interactive map or download The Great Trail app to find the Trail closest to you. You can download a map for a specific Trail section or maps for an entire province or territory. Visit the websites of our provincial and territorial partners. They offer a wealth of information about the Trail in every province and territory.
How does the Trail benefit Canada and Canadians?
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National Legacy: creating a sustainable gift to future generations.
Health: inspiring active living and transportation.
Environment: preserving green space and promoting conservation.
Education: deepening awareness of Canada’s history, culture and natural heritage.
Economic Development: stimulating tourism and creating jobs.
Who owns, builds and maintains The Great Trail?
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The Great Trail is a community-based project. Trail sections are owned, operated and maintained by local organizations, provincial authorities, national agencies and municipalities across Canada. Trans Canada Trail does not own or operate any trail. Trans Canada Trail is represented by provincial and territorial organizations that are responsible for championing the cause of the Trail in their region. These provincial and territorial partners, together with local trail-building organizations, are an integral part of Trans Canada Trail and are the driving force behind its development.
Who funds the Trail?
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The Great Trail is truly a gift from Canadians to Canadians, and the Trail has the support of Canadians from all regions and walks of life. The Trail is also supported by corporations, foundations and all levels of government. The Government of Canada is also currently matching 50 cents for every dollar donated to the TCT in support of the Trail.
What are the six preferred activities you can enjoy on The Great Trail?
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Walking/hiking, cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Explore the Map
What are the orange lines on the map?
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The orange line on the map are projects in development, which represent future proposed sections not currently connected, meaning that those sections are not built or officially recognized by TCT.

What information can I find on the interactive map?
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  • Trail Information: Clicking on an individual Trail will give you access to basic information on that trail such as its name, photos, description, length, trail type, permitted activities, environment, PDF map (when available) and other resources (see What are some useful tips and shortcuts for using the interactive map? for instructions on how to interact with trail sections and open the right panel window).
  • Other Information: You will find other useful information when zooming and dragging with the map (in order to access these points, you must zoom in until you can see them on the map):
    • Warnings: General warnings or road information on The Trail.
    • Stops: Parking, Access Point and Rest Area. Click any location to see what services are available. Services can include information centre, trailhead, restrooms, water and/or camping. You can also get directions to Parking and Access Points.
  • Explore Photos: Click the icon with the camera ("Photos") at the bottom of the map to explore nearest trail photos. Click on any photo to see specific Trail Information. If no photos appear, navigate around until you find one!

What are some useful tips and shortcuts for using the interactive map?
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  • Interact with trails: Click any part of the Trail and a right panel window will appear with basic information (name, photos, description, length, trail type, activities, environment, trail type, PDF map, other resources, etc.).
  • Navigation: Hold the left button of your mouse to drag the map in any direction.
  • Zoom in/out: There are four different ways to zoom in or out:
    • Scale Bar: Use the Scale Bar arrows on the right side of the map to zoom in or out. Zoom to a specific level by clicking anywhere on the vertical bar.
    • Mouse Wheel: Roll your mouse wheel forward to zoom in or backward to zoom out.
    • Double-Click: Double-click anywhere on the map to zoom in to that location.
    • SHIFT Key: Hold down the SHIFT key and draw a square zone with the mouse to zoom in on a particular location.
  • Base maps: Switch the base map by clicking this icon Basemap Gallery on the left side. Then select any basemap such as "Topographic" (default), "Imagery", "Dark Gray Canvas", etc.
  • Legend: Click this icon Legend on the left side to see the legend.
  • Geolocation: Click the target icon on the left side to turn on and off the geolocation. This functionality will locate your current position on the map.

How to get Paper Maps or to create my own map of the Trail?
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To get paper maps of a specific Trail, you need to click it to open the right panel window and you will see "TCT Map" information (not available for all trails). Just click "Open PDF" to open it in another tab. See What are some useful tips and shortcuts for using the interactive map for more information around interacting with the Trail.

Follow these steps to create your own map:

  • Click the Custom Map icon Custom Map on the top bar of the interactive map screen. Click the “X” in the upper right corner to close the window and start again.
  • Choose the location you wish to display on your map by using the pan or zoom.
  • Choose your base map (click the Basemap Gallery icon on the left side of the interactive map).
  • Fill in the form by entering a title and a description, and by choosing a page size and an output format. Click “Submit” to create the map.
  • Once the map is created, open it by clicking its name from the list. The map will open in a new browser tab. You can save it to your computer.
NOTE: Many maps can be created one after the other. Just click "Clear Maps" to start over with a fresh list.

How do I download data of the Trail?
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Follow these steps to download data of a specific trail:

  • Click any trail on the map. At the bottom of the Trail Information window, click the Download icon.
  • Select a download format: KML (Google Earth) or GPX (GPS device). Note that only data for operational trails will be downloaded. GPX data will be downloaded as ZIP files.
  • Click “Download” to generate the file. Click the output once created from the list. A “Save As” dialog window will open in order save to your computer.

NOTE: Many download can be created one after the other. Just click "Clear List" to start over with a fresh list.

NOTE: To download longer stretches of The Trail, see How do I measure a section of the Trail? instructions.

How do I measure a section of the Trail?
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Follow these steps to measure a section along the Trail (+ option to download The Trail):

  • Click the Measure the Trail icon Measure the Trail on the top bar of the interactive map screen. A plus sign will appear with the word “Start” next to it when the pointer is on the top of the map.
  • Click on the location where you want your line to start. Once you’ve selected a starting point the cursor will automatically change from “start” to “end”. Click on the location where you want your line to end. The length of the measured section will appear.
  • Click "Clear" to start again.
  • Option: Click the button "Download Highlighted Trail" to download the measured portion of the Trail (see How do I download data of the Trail? for download instructions).

How can I search a Trail or a Place?
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Start to type text in the top-left "Search" box. The same box can be used to search:

  • Trails: Click the Trail name from the list to zoom to it and open its related information.
  • Places: Click the Place name from the list to zoom to it (address, city, province and/or postal code are accepted).

How can I find Parking, Access Points and Rest Areas?
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In order to access these stops, you must zoom in until you can see them on the map. Click any of those point icons (“Parking”, “Access Point”, “Rest Area”) and a right panel window will appear with available services, such as: information center, trailhead, restroom, water or camping.

Did you find what you were looking for?
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Do you have a question that wasn’t covered in our interactive map FAQ section? We would love to hear from you! Send your questions to info@tctrail.ca. We will do our best to answer your questions and to update this help section to reflect the needs of our users. Thank you in advance for the feedback!

Pavilion Program
Why did the previous Inscription Program end?
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Although the initial response to the Inscription Program was positive, this program was quite costly to maintain and was drawing much needed resources away from our priority of developing the Trail.
When did the Inscription Program end?
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We officially ended the Inscription Program on March 31, 2012.
I am a previous inscription donor/recipient. Is (are) my inscription(s) still up in the pavilions?
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All previous inscriptions remain in our 87 pavilions across Canada. The inscription panels are maintained by local Trail organizations across the country.
How can I find the location of my inscription?
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If you would like to know the location of and directions to the pavilion where your inscription can be found, please contact our Donor Services Team by phone at 1-800-465-3636 or by email at info@tctrail.ca.
Will I be able to make any changes to my existing inscription?
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No, you will not be able to change existing inscriptions. The Inscription Program ended in 2012. We are not making updates to previous inscription panels.
Will my name remain in the Ottawa pavilion if it is already there?
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Yes, if you currently have an inscription in the Ottawa pavilion it will remain there.
Leadership Recognition Program
Where is the location of the Ottawa celebratory pavilion?
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Take Commissioner Drive off the Bronson and Albert Street intersection. It is on the NCC path, close to Portage Bridge.
Why does it cost $1,000 to get recognition in this pavilion?
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This special program recognizes donors giving $1,000 or more with a listing in the celebratory Ottawa pavilion as an expression of gratitude to exceptional donors for their outstanding commitment to Trans Canada Trail.
How does this program differ from the Trans Canada Trail Inscription Program?
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Until 2012, donors to the pavilion program were recognized on a pavilion of their choice by sponsoring a metre of Trail. This special program—in which gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized on the celebratory Ottawa Pavilion—is being presented to exceptional donors as a way of highlighting their outstanding commitment.
Is the celebratory pavilion different from the current Ottawa pavilion?
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The current pavilion in Ottawa will be refurbished with a new design that will reflect the image you see in the picture above. All names that are currently on this pavilion will remain there.