The Great Trail
How much of The Great Trail has been connected?
To date, just over 21,500 kilometres of the Trail are operational, which is 91 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.
How can I find The Great Trail in my area?
Explore the Trail: Use our interactive map to find the Trail closest to you. You’ll also find printable maps and downloadable GPS coordinates for all operational Trail sections.?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?
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?
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 is 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?
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 completing the Trail and connecting Canadians coast to coast to coast by the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
When will the Trail be fully connected?
Our goal is to connect the Trail as a continuous route from coast to coast to coast by 2017, the 25th anniversary of the Trail and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With just over 3,200 kilometres of Trail to go—many in unpopulated areas with difficult terrain—this is a bold and ambitious goal. With the dedication and support of all Canadians, we can collectively make it happen.
Which province/territory will be home to the longest section of The Great Trail in Canada, once connected in 2017?
What are the six preferred activities you can enjoy on The Great Trail?
Walking/hiking, cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Pavilion Program
Why did the previous Inscription Program end?
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 connecting the Trail by 2017.
When did the Inscription Program end?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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.