Champions

For many years, The Great Trail of Canada has benefited from the help of leaders and organizations who have lent their energy and enthusiasm to help us build the Trail. We thank them for their invaluable assistance.

National Champions

Bryan Adams
singer, songwriter, record producer, guitarist, philanthropist and activist
Susan Aglukark
Singer, Songwriter
Rona Ambrose
Leader, Advocate, Coach
Mark Angelo
river conservationist, writer, speaker, teacher and paddler
Julie & Colin Angus
adventurers, authors and filmmakers
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
National Chief of Assembly of First Nations (2009-2014)
Margaret Atwood
Writer, Naturalist
Randy Bachman
Musician. Formerly of The Guess Who and Bachman Turner Overdrive
Robert Bateman
Artist, Naturalist
Chief Darcy Bear
Whitecap Dakota First Nation
Jeanne Beker
Fashion Journalist
Jean Béliveau
Explorer. Walked around the world to promote "Peace and non-violence for the profit of the children of the world".
Grand Chief Perry Bellegarde
Assembly First Nations
Alexandre Bilodeau
freestyle skier and Olympic champion
photo credit: Martin Girard
Yannick Bisson
Actor
Dr. Roberta Bondar
President, The Roberta Bondar Foundation
Joseph Boyden
Giller Prize-Winning Novelist
Paul Brandt
Canada's Most Awarded Male Country Music Artist
Dean Brody
Country Music Artist
Bonnie Brooks
Chair of LCBO
Ian Brown
Journalist
Kurt Browning
Four-Time World Figure Skating Champion
Robert Buren
Paraplegic Athlete, Motivational Speaker
Edward Burtynsky
Industrial Landscape Photographer
Sharon Butala
Author
The Right Honourable Kim Campbell
19th Prime Minister of Canada (1993)
Cassie Campbell-Pascall
Olympic Gold-medallist, Hockey Broadcaster
Dr. Pierre Camu
Trans Canada Trail Founding Member
George Canyon
Canadian Country Music Artist
Lorne Cardinal
Actor, Director, Producer
Brent Carver
Tony Award Winning Theatre, Film and Television Actor
Kim Cattrall
Actress, Executive Producer
The Right Honourable Jean Chrétien
20th Prime Minister of Canada (1993-2003)
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson
26th Governor General of Canada (1999-2005)
Cody Coyote
Hip-Hop/ Electronic Artist, Songwriter, Keynote Speaker & Workshop Facilitator
Philippe Couillard
31st premier of Quebec
The Honourable David Crombie
Mayor of Toronto (1972-78), Founder of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
Sidney Crosby
professional hockey player, captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Jim Cuddy
Musician
Cynthia Dale
award-winning actor, singer, and dancer onstage and on screen.
Wade Davis
Anthropologist, Ethnobotanist, Author, Photographer
The Hon. Colin Deacon
Senator
CIBC Victor Dodig
Victor Dodig
President and Chief Executive Officer, CIBC
Gary Doer
20th Premier of Manitoba (1999-2009)
Denise Donlon, C.M.
Media Executive
Alan Doyle
Musician
Atom Egoyan
film director, writer and producer
photo credit: Sophie Giraud
Edna Elias
4th Territorial Commissioner of Nunavut (2010-2015)
The Hon. Frank F. Fagan
13th Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
Colm Feore
Actor
Phil Fontaine
National Chief, Assembly of First Nations (1997-2000)
David Foster
Musician, Record Producer, Composer, Chairman, David Foster Foundation
John Furlong
President and CEO, VANOC for 2010 Olympics
Nelly Furtado
Singer and songwriter
Sarah Gadon
Actress
Brian Gallant
33rd premier of New Brunswick
John Geiger
Author, Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society/Canadian Geographic Enterprises
Robert Ghiz
31st Premier of Prince Edward Island (2007-2015)
Russ Girling
Russ Girling
President and CEO, TransCanada Corporation
Dr. David S. Goldbloom
Senior Medical Advisor, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Professor of Psychiatry, University of Toronto
Jean Grand-Maître
Alberta Ballet - Artistic Director
Graham Greene, C.M.
Actor
Wayne Gretzky
former professional ice hockey player and head coach
Paul Gross
Actor, Writer, Director
The Hon. Judith Guichon
29th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
Commander Chris Hadfield, O.C., O.Ont., M.S.C., C.D.
Astronaut, Professor
Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C.
CEO, Rick Hansen Foundation
Laureen Harper
Longtime TCT Champion, Trail Lover
John Hartman
Artist
Allan Hawco
Actor
Jennifer Heil
Freestyle Skier, Olympic Gold Medallist, World Champion
Keith Henry
President & CEO, Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada
Peter Herrndorf
President and CEO, National Arts Centre
Jay Ingram
Writer, Broadcaster
Ron James
stand-up comedian
The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean and Jean Daniel Lafond
27th Governor General of Canada (2005-2010). Filmmaker and Author
Norman Jewison
Film Director, Producer
The Right Honourable David Johnston and Sharon Johnston
28th Governor General of Canada (2010-2017)
Michael Kaeshammer
pianist, vocalist, composer, and arranger
Karen Kain
Artistic Director, The National Ballet of Canada
Stana Katic
film and television actress
Simon Keith
first athlete in the world to play a professional sport after undergoing a heart transplant. Founder of The Simon Keith Foundation
Sheldon Kennedy
Former NHL Player, Founder of Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
Craig Kielburger
Co-Founder, WE
Marc Kielburger
Co-Founder, WE
Wab Kinew
Musician, Broadcaster, Public Speaker, University of Winnipeg Administrator for First Nations
Cindy Klassen
Six-Time Olympic Medalist
Adam Kreek
Olympic Gold Medallist, Motivational Speaker
Silken Laumann
Rower, Olympic Medallist
Eugene Levy
Actor, Writer
The Hon. Frank Lewis
41st Lieutenant Governor of Prince Edward Island
Izzy Lynch
Professional Skier, Marketer, Event Producer, Writer, and Adventurer.
Roy MacGregor
Author
Joe MacInnis
Physician, Scientist, Explorer, Storyteller
Linden MacIntyre
Journalist, Broadcaster, Novelist
Wade MacLauchlan
Former premier of Prince Edward Island
Natalie MacMaster
Musician
Peter Mansbridge
chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National
The Right Honourable Paul Martin
21st Prime Minister of Canada (2003-2006)
The Hon. Margaret Norrie McCain
Philanthropist
Gary & Joanie McGuffin
Explorers, Film-makers, Conservationists
Ashleigh McIvor
Freestyle Skier, Olympic Champion, World Cup Champion
Dave McKay
David McKay
President and CEO, RBC
Don McKellar
Actor, Director
Nina McLachlan
Naturalist, Artist, Nurse
Sarah McLachlan
Singer, Songwriter, Outdoor Enthusiast
Murray McLauchlan, C.M.
Musician, Songwriter
Robert R. McLeod
12th premier of the Northwest Territories
Rick Mercer
Star of CBC's Rick Mercer Report
Colin Mochrie
actor and improvisational comedian
Ben Mulroney
television host
The Right Honourable Brian Mulroney
18th Prime Minister of Canada (1984-1993)
Anne Murray
Singer, Author
The Honourable Graydon Nicholas
30th Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick (2009-2014)
Paul Nichols
Co-Founder, Communities for Veterans Foundation (BC)
Mercedes Nicoll
Snowboarder, World Cup Champion
Gordon Nixon
Campaign Cabinet, Trans Canada Trail
Rachel Notley
Former premier of Alberta
Samantha Nutt
Physician, Humanitarian, Founder and CEO, War Child
Mark Oldershaw
sprint canoeist, Olympic bronze medallist
The Honourable David Onley
28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (2007-2014)
Steven Page
Musician
Natalie Panek
Rocket Scientist and Explorer
Tahmoh Penikett
Actor
The Honourable Chantal Petitclerc
Paralympic gold medallist, motivational speaker, Canadian Senator
Douglas W. Phillips
16th Territorial Commissioner of Yukon
Dave Pierce
songwriter, composer, producer, arranger and orchestrator
Gordon Pinsent, C.C.
Actor, Screenwriter, Director
Steve Podborski
Olympic and World Champion Skier
Scotiabank, Brian Porter
Brian Porter
President and Chief Executive Officer, Scotiabank
Chris Pratt, C.C.
Painter
The Honourable Robert Rae
Lawyer, Professor, Writer, Public Speaker
Senator Nancy Greene Raine
Senator, Olympic Ski Champion
Ken Read
Olympian, World Cup Champion
Ed Robertson
lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter for Barenaked Ladies
Lloyd Robertson
journalist and former news anchor
Liz Rodbell
President, HBC Department Store Group
Dave Rodney
Canada's First Mount Everest Two-time Summiteer
John Ralston Saul
Writer, Philosopher, President Emeritus of PEN International
Robert Sawyer
Hugo Award-winning and Nebula Award-winning Science Fiction Writer
The Hon. Vaughn Solomon Schofield
21st Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Greg Selinger
21st Premier of Manitoba (2009-2016)
Kyle Shewfelt
Olympic Champion Gymnast
Adam Shoalts
Survival Expert, Explorer, Author, Public Speaker
Martin Short
Actor
Peter Shostak
Painter
Michael Smith
Chef, Food Network Host, Nutritional Activist
Sonja Smits
Actress
Laval St-Germain
Public speaker, airline pilot and adventurer.
Les Stroud
Survival Expert, Filmmaker
George Stroumboulopoulos
TV and Radio Host, Producer
Peter Taptuna
3rd Premier of Nunavut (2013-2017)
Veronica Tennant
Producer, Director, Filmmaker, Former Principal Dancer, National Ballet of Canada.
Mark Tewksbury
Olympic Champion, Humanitarian
The Tenors
Musicians
Alex Trebek
Host of Jeopardy!
Jim Treliving
Businessman, Investor (Dragon's Den)
Sandi Treliving
National Community Leader
Cory Trépanier
Landscape Painter and Filmmaker
The Right Honourable John N. Turner, P.C., C.C., QC
17th Prime Minister of Canada (1984)
Aritha van Herk
novelist, essayist, cultural commentator, editor, and professor
Adam van Koeverden
Sprint Kayaker, Olympic Gold Medallist, World Champion
Hannah Vaughan
Olympian, World Champion, Sprint Kayaker
Spencer West
Me to We Motivational Speaker, Free The Children Ambassador, Author
Ron White
Shoe Designer
Simon Whitfield
retired Olympic triathlon champion
Hayley Wickenheiser
5-time Olympic medallist in women's hockey.
Brian Williams
Canadian sportscaster
Sharon Wood
mountaineer and guide. First North American woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest
Kathleen Wynne
25th premier of Ontario
Ray Zahab
Adventurer, and Founder of impossible2Possible

Government Champions

Viceregal Patron Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette
Governor General of Canada
Her Honour The Honourable Janet Austin
Lieutenant Governor of Bristis-Columbia
Her Honour Angélique Bernard
Territorial Commissionerr of Yukon
Her Honour the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, O.C., O.Ont
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
His Honour the Honourable J. Michel Doyon
Lieutenant Governor of Quebec
Her Honour the Honourable Janice C. Filmon, C.M., O.M.
Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba
Her Honour The Honourable Judy M. Foote
Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador
The Honourable Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario
The Honourable Blaine Higgs
Premier of New Brunswick
The Honourable Jason Kenney
Premier of Alberta
His Honour the Honourable Arthur J. LeBlanc
Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia
His Honour The Honourable Russ Mirasty
Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan
Her Honour the Honourable Lois Mitchell, CM, AOE
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta
The Honourable Scott Moe
Premier of Saskatchewan
The Honourable Brian Pallister
Premier of Manitoba
The Honourable Sandy Silver
Premier of Yukon

Community Champions

ALBERTA
Argentia Beach
Athabasca
Banff
Blackfalds
Calgary
Canmore
Cochrane
Devon
Edmonton
Fort Saskatchewan
Gibbons
Irricana
Itaska Beach
Lacombe
Lacombe County
Leduc
Lloydminster
Medicine Hat
Opportunity
Parkland County
Penhold
Red Deer
RM of Wood Buffalo
Samson Cree First Nation
Slave Lake
St. Paul
Strathcona County
BRITISH COLUMBIA
Abbotsford
Burnaby
Chilliwack
Cranbrook
Dawson Creek
District of North Vancouver
Elkford
Fernie
Fort St. John
Fruitvale
Kimberley
Ladysmith
Lake Cowichan
Langley Township
Maple Ridge
Midway
Montrose
Nanaimo
North Vancouver
Penticton
Pitt Meadows
Port Coquitlam
Princeton
Regional District of East Kootenay
Rossland
Sparwood
Squamish
Summerland
Sunshine Coast Regional District
Trail
Tsawout First Nation
Tzeachten First Nation
Vancouver
Victoria
View Royal
West Vancouver
Whistler
MANITOBA
East St. Paul
Emerson-Franklin
Lac du Bonnet
Morden
Neepawa
Powerview-Pine Falls
RM of Alexander
RM of De Salaberry
Roblin
Rossburn
Sagkeeng First Nation
Selkirk
St. Clements
Winnipeg
NEW BRUNSWICK
Alma
Dieppe
Edmundston
Fredericton
Grand Bay-Westfield
Grand Falls
Memramcook
Moncton
Perth-Andover
Rothesay
Sackville
Saint John
Saint-André
Saint-Léonard
NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR
Appleton
Channel-Port aux Basques
Clarenville
Conception Bay South
Gander
Mount Pearl
Paradise
St. John’s
NORTHWEST TERRITORIES
Hay River
Inuvik
Norman Wells
Tuktoyaktuk
Yellowknife
NOVA SCOTIA
Halifax
Oxford
RM of Cape Breton
Richmond County
Stewiacke
Truro
Victoria County
Westville
NUNAVUT
Kimmirut
ONTARIO
Ajax
Asphodel-Norwood
Atikokan
Barrie
Bayham
Beckwith Township
Brantford
Caledon
Callander
Central Elgin
Centre Hastings
Chatham-Kent
East Ferris
Erin
Fort Erie
French River
Guelph
Haldimand County
Kawartha Lakes
Kenora
Kingsville
Kitchener
Lakeshore
Leamington
Machar
Marathon
Midland
Milton
Mississauga
Mississippi Mills
Niagara Falls
Niagara-on-the-Lake
Norfolk
North Bay
Oakville
Ochiichagwe'Babigo'Ining Ojibway Nation
Orillia
Ottawa
Penetanguishene
Peterborough
Pickering
Prince Township
Rossport
Sault Ste. Marie
Schreiber
Severn Township
Six Nations of the Grand River
St. Catharines
St. Thomas
Sudbury
Tay Township
Tecumseh
Terrace Bay
Thunder Bay
Tillsonburg
Toronto
Township of Brock
Township of Essa
Township of Ignace
Township of Malahide
Township of Nipigon
Township of Red Rock
Township of Scugog
Township of Selwyn
Township of Springwater
Uxbridge
Waterloo
Wawa
West Nipissing
Windsor
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Charlottetown
Cornwall
Hunter River
Kensington
Montague
Souris
Stratford
Summerside
QUEBEC
Aumond
Baie-Saint-Paul
Canton de Shefford
Chambly
Château-Richer
Chelsea
Compton
Danville
Déléage
Huron Wendat First Nation
Ivry-sur-le-Lac
La Conception
La Macaza
La Pêche
Labelle
Lac Saguay
Lachine
Lac-Tremblant-Nord
Lorraine
Mont-Laurier
Montréal
Mont-Tremblant
Nominingue
Princeville
Repentigny
Rivière-du-Loup
Rivière-Rouge
Rosemère
Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly
Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts
Saint-Jérôme
Saint-Joachim
Saint-Louis-du-Ha! Ha!
Saint-Siméon
Saint-Urbain
St-Alphonse-de-Granby
Stukely-Sud
Val-David
Val-Morin
Victoriaville
Waterloo
SASKATCHEWAN
Canora
Lumsden
Moose Jaw
Regina
RM of Corman Park
RM of Good Lake
White City
Whitecap Dakota First Nation
YUKON
Carmacks
Dawson City
Haines Junction
Hamlet of Mount Lorne
Mayo
Tagish
Teslin
Whitehorse
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