5 Common Misconceptions About The Great Trail

There are a few things we all know about Canada’s Great Trail: it’s a 24,000 km network of trails stretching across the country, a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and a point of pride for Canadians. But there are a few facts about this coast-to-coast-to-coast route that need to be highlighted. We’ve rounded up some of the main misconceptions that persist about the Trail.


Finished or Completed in 2017
2017 is a year of celebrations and achieving Trail connection milestones, but the Trail will not be “FINISHED”. Rather, this will be the beginning of the next chapter in TCT’s story, one that sees the organization improve on what was created. The Great Trail is ever-evolving and will continue to improve and grow, as TCT will continue to invite Canadians and visitors to experience the Trail, and support the ongoing need to sustain its integrity for future generations.

The Great Trail has something for everyone, with greenway, waterway and roadway routes, the latter meaning it is not “car-free” as Trail users on roadway routes share them with motorized vehicles. The majority of roadway routes are on secondary or rural roads that have significantly less traffic than major highways. In some areas, roadways are the preferred route of The Great Trail; in others they are interim links until greenway or waterway can be developed.

One Long Continuous Cycling or Hiking Path
The Great Trail is a national network comprised of many unique trails on both land and water that together promote six preferred activities: walking/hiking, cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Designated activities depend on the Trail sections, and some allow shared-use while others do not.

Owned by Trans Canada Trail, The National Not-For-Profit Organization
The Great Trail is comprised of 432 individual trail sections (which is why we call it an epic “trail of trails”), which are owned and operated locally by trail groups and/or municipalities.

Connected as of July 1, 2017
2017 will be filled with more exciting provincial and territorial community celebrations along the Trail, the whole year through, with a major national event to celebrate connection of The Great Trail across Canada planned for late summer.