Your gift at work

91% connected
21,452 km of trail
13 provinces and territories

Thanks to your generosity, we have accomplished a lot of work on the Trail. Whether through large- or small-scale growth projects, your donations have contributed to connecting Canadians and benefiting local communities in a variety of ways. Explore the map and take the time to discover the exceptional people that have built The Great Trail.

Board of Directors

Foundation Board of Directors

Management Team

Annual Report

The benefits of the Trail:

National Legacy
– creating a sustainable gift for future generations
– inspiring active living and transportation
– preserving green space and promoting conservation
– deepening awareness of Canada’s history, culture and natural heritage
Economic Development
– stimulating tourism and creating jobs

Trail Builders
Doug Murray

Stratford, Prince Edward Island
Doug is a true Trail champion. As a director of Island Trails (TCT’s provincial partner) for the past 21 years, Doug helped to set the wheels in motion for the Confederation Trail, a project he saw through to 100 percent connection last year. “One of the things I most value about the past 21 years has been working with local communities to develop sections of the Trail. Another is that I’ve had the opportunity to learn so much about the history of my province. The Confederation Trail is primarily built on the former bed of the P.E.I. railway, which first connected the island in 1875. So when I ride my bicycle in the countryside today, I feel a real connection with our ancestors, who would have travelled the very same route.”

Harris Cox

Whitehorse, Yukon

As a volunteer with the Klondike Snowmobile Association, Harris tends roughly 200 kilometres of the TCT year-round, working six or seven hours a day, six days a week. In the winter, he packs the snow and grooms it for multiple uses, complete with a traditional cross-country ski track along the side. In the summer, he cuts fallen trees, repairs bridges and checks TCT’s signs. “I do what I do because I love

the outdoors. I love the TCT and I love to work on the trails. It can get a little cold in winter, but I can’t complain. I will groom until hell freezes over, then I’ll groom there too.”

Nicole Gagné

St-Basile-de-Portneuf, Quebec

As volunteers with the Club des randonneurs équestre de Portneuf, Gagné and her husband, Pierre Fiset, help plan Trail development, clear paths and build new stretches of the Trail. “I volunteer because it benefits everyone who uses the Trail in my community, including myself! It’s really hard work, but it’s worth it. There’s nothing like being out on the Trail on your horse. I look forward to the day when we equestrians can go anywhere and everywhere – that’s what we’re all working for.”

Jamie Warren

Paradise, Newfoundland and Labrador

President of the Newfoundland T’Railway Council. “I like to see trails being developed as assets
within communities. I volunteer because I like to give back to the community and I enjoy
being part of something bigger than myself. I also volunteer because it is fun – probably the most important reason. Right now, we are looking at how we can celebrate the connection of the TCT nationally in 2017, and how we can keep the Trail vibrant and evolving for future generations.”

Mayor Bryan Matheson

Lumsden, Saskatchewan

Mayor Matheson is a TCT Champion and volunteer who is putting the Trail on the map in his community. “I have a lot of pride in my community. The Trans Canada Trail connects us to our country and represents many recreational pursuits, including walking, hiking, biking and canoeing. Having the TCT running through our community makes it an even better place to live in and to visit.”

Lawrence Redfern

Castlegar, British Columbia

Lawrence is a longtime director and past president of the Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails Society. “We’ve been trying to connect the Trail through our region for years. Now I know it will be connected in the next year or two, thanks to the support of the TCT. I am very excited to
have Canada’s national Trail running through our town. It will be the backbone of
our regional trail system. Trails are part of the economic diversification all
communities need, and they improve people’s health – I see people from age two to
92 out enjoying the Trail. It’s win-win for all of us.”

The O’Neill family

Pictou County, Nova Scotia

Sally and Mick O’Neill, along with their kids Ben and Joe, volunteer with Active Pictou County in Nova Scotia. Working as that organization’s trail development coordinator, Sally is passionate about the benefits of the Trail for the community. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Ben is an energetic participant in Trail-building events, clearing brush, laying gravel and building benches. “Why would I bike on a sidewalk when I could be exploring in the woods? Plus, it makes me proud to show my friends what I built. Trenton Park is the best!” –Ben “We have energetic young people doing good work and trying to build a strong future for Nova Scotia, including working on the TCT in our community. It’s amazing to be a part of such a grand thing.” –Sally