Image of Trail in Barrie, Ontario Credit: Nelz Tabcharani

Connecting Central Canada

The provinces of Quebec and Ontario are large, both in geographic size and population. We’re especially proud of the individuals and organizations who have stepped forward to help make progress on our national Trail across this vast region.

Linking Trails Through Teamwork

In Quebec, vision and hard work are crucial to bridging gaps. Our partners in the Captiale Nationale region have connected the Mestachibo and Caps de Charlevoix trails. This past year, the two trails were linked thanks to the construction of a pedestrian bridge perched 50 meters above the Sainte-Anne River, and the addition of a trail segment to connect the town of Saint-Tite-des-Caps. We’re also inspired by the partnership between the Conseil Québécois du Sentier Transcanadien, the Corporation des sentiers récréotouristiques de la Côte de Beaupré and the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area for their collaboration. Incredible teamwork!

Strengthening Ties with the Land

In Ontario, five exciting new trail projects are coming to life as the result of an ecotourism program called Grants for Aboriginal Trail Tourism (GATT). The GATT program enables the development of tourism initiatives by Aboriginal communities and/or Aboriginal entrepreneurs in the area that extends from North Bay, Ontario, to the Manitoba border. Applications were assessed by the GATT Steering Committee on a variety of criteria, including creativity, sustainability and how well the proposal serves trail users. From teepee sleepovers to hiking among dunes, we congratulate Biigtigong (formerly Ojibways of the Pic River First Nation), the Garden River First Nation, the North Superior ChartersSerpent River First Nation and the Mississauga First Nation. Last but not least: a big thanks to TD Bank for generously supporting this initiative and brining The Great Trail several kilometres closer to province-wide connection.