Deborah Apps Legacy Fund

The Great Trail is paying tribute to outgoing President & CEO Deborah Apps, with the establishment of a special named fund in her honour.  The hallmark of her 15-year tenure with TCT was ‘partnerships’, and none were dearer to her than the partnerships we have established and continue to forge with Indigenous partners. Theirs were the first trails on this continent and many are part of the The Great Trail of Canada. Deep respect for nature and the outdoors is a key precept in Indigenous culture, and also a value held dear by Deborah, her husband George and The Great Trail of Canada.  Donations to the “The Deborah Apps Legacy Fund” will increase the exclusivity and accessibility of all of our trails, continue to build authentic trail partnerships with Indigenous communities across the country, and enhance culturally important sections of the Trail.

We require your generous support to establish and grow this fund from Coast to Coast to Coast

Thanks to the efforts of Deborah Apps and our Trail partners, we have helped to develop many indigenous projects over the years. One of them is the Chief Whitecap Waterway in Saskatchewan.

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Chief Whitecap Waterway & Greenway

Chief Whitecap Waterway was the first officially designated Trans Canada Trail blueway Trail in Saskatchewan. Whitecap Dakota First Nation  was an active partner in the designation of this important water connection, and is also home to an active youth paddling program that continues to make waves with its popularity. Interest in water activities is also on the rise, but there were few access points to the waterway with docks to facilitate larger groups of paddlers. To keep up with the growing demand, a project focused on installing a modular docking system was undertaken to provide easy entry and exit for canoeists and kayakers using the Trail.

The second phase of the project is to develop a greenway to facilitate access and increase Trail usage. This greenway connection will also connect visitors to the larger Indigenous Tourism Corridor initiative and The Great Trail sections this are part of this initiative in the Meewasin Valley Authority system and around the Duck Lake-Beardy’s-Fort Carlton area.

With your help, this fund will support many Indigenous projects just like Chief Whitecap Waterway in Saskatchewan.

The Great Trail – the national legacy and incredible network that fosters unity and collaboration – on land and on water, links millions of Canadians in every province and territory. Together, we need to ensure that the Trail will thrive today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

All gifts of $1,000 or more will be recognized in one of six available pavilions across Canada: Victoria, Vancouver, Toronto, Caledon, Fredericton and Halifax.

For more information, please contact Simone Hicken at 905-699-2822 or at

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