Funding Announcement Heralds a New Era for The Great Trail

Father and son on The Great Trail

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is pleased to announce that the Federal Government will invest $30 million over five years to connect and improve The Great Trail. While connection is our goal for 2017, the next very important phase for the Trail will be about continuing to improve upon what has already been created. This marks the beginning of the next chapter in TCT’s story, which is why we are so grateful for this announcement regarding future support.


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Canadians are fortunate to live in a country where we can enjoy its natural beauty while pursuing healthy, outdoor activities. Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of multi-use recreational trails, comprising land and water routes across urban, rural and wilderness landscapes. When completed, it will be the longest recreational trail in the world, stretching nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans. The Trail connects people across the country, touching every provincial and territorial capital, and linking together 15,000 communities. Its vast network also makes it accessible—the Trail will be within 30 minutes of about 29 million Canadians. To complete, enhance and maintain the Trans Canada Trail, in partnership with the provinces and individual Canadians, Budget 2017 proposes to invest $30 million over five years, starting 2017-18, to be delivered through Parks Canada Agency.” – Excerpt from the Federal Government Budget

This Trail is a tangible reflection of the breadth and diversity of our landscapes, as well as our culture of respect and collaboration.

Thank you to The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, The Honourable Bill Morneau, Minister of Finance and to our partners at Parks Canada for their ongoing collaboration and support of this national legacy – a true gift from Canadians to Canadians. We look forward to working with you and with our Trail partners in years to come.