None of my siblings or I were the least bit surprised that my father, Bruce, left a gift in his Will to Trans Canada Trail.
After all, fresh air and exercise were always such an important part of life to him and to my mom! My father passed away a few years ago at the age of 92. He rode his bike, ran marathons and walked every day until shortly before he died.
Both my parents were committed to healthy living, and to getting outside and enjoying Canadian nature. In fact, some of my best memories are of family camping trips in Algonquin Park and northern Quebec. We would canoe and portage, catch fresh fish for dinner, then pitch our tents and fall fast asleep.
After my dad retired, he and my mom moved out of the city and bought a tree farm. Together, they planted 10,000 saplings, and eventually built a beautiful home and lush garden among their growing oak, walnut, maple and pine trees.
As the trees grew, so did the family. My parents had six children and along with my siblings, we produced 13 grandchildren who went on to bring 20 great-grandchildren into our lives. That core value of exercise and health is carried on in all of us – from badminton and curling to golf and volleyball, we each have our own ways of staying active that we love.
The Great Trail is a perfect way to carry on my parents’ philosophy of staying active and getting outdoors. It’s wonderful to know that my parents’ legacy will live on, on the Trail, for generations to come – of my family and yours