Jim Prentice Memorial Fund

Banff Legacy Trail, part of The Great Trail, opening July 2010, with then Environment Minister Jim Prentice and His Royal Highness, Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex. Photo courtesy of Corrie DiManno.

Jim Prentice was one of those passionate Canadians.

He firmly believed in our dream of connecting Canada and Canadians, through an unparalleled network of trails – The Great Trail of Canada.

Jim believed that the natural world was a fundamental part of what defined the Canadian character and as the Minister of Environment, he worked tirelessly to implement a series of initiatives that would secure these precious, communal spaces for generations to come. He brought environmental protection and conservation to the forefront of Canadian politics, sought reconciliation with Indigenous communities and led the biggest expansion of Parks Canada since its creation. His deep appreciation for wilderness areas led him in take a leadership role in countless projects, including the inauguration of Glenbow Ranch as a Provincial Park, and now part of The Great Trail of Canada.

We can say unequivocally that The Great Trail would not have become the inspirational project it is today, without his dedication and belief in this audacious dream. In his honour, we’ve established the Jim Prentice Memorial Fund.

Donations to the Jim Prentice Memorial Fund will ensure the creation of a commemorative and much needed Sun and Shade Shelter within Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park along a popular section of The Great Trail and support the ongoing efforts of Trans Canada Trail to protect and enhance Canada’s national Trail. With sweeping views of Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park, the Rocky Mountains, and his home city of Calgary, in our opinion, there is no better place to celebrate Jim Prentice.

We require your generous support to establish and grow this important fund from coast to coast to coast.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of Jim Prentice and our Trail partners, we have helped to make the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park the landmark it is today.

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Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park

Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park opened its gates to the world in 2011 with more than 3000 acres of grasslands, rolling hills, and ravines along the Bow River. It is a cherished place for many, and is an important connection along our network of 24,000 kilometres, that offers visitors the opportunity to explore a diversity of natural and culturally significant sites. We can say unequivocally that The Great Trail would not have become the inspirational project it is today, without his dedication and belief in this audacious dream. An oasis of calm between Calgary and Cochrane, Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is a stunning Trail section that leads to spectacular views of the surrounding landscape.

With your help, the Jim Prentice Memorial Fund will support the construction of commemorative and much needed Sun and Shade Shelter within Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park and support the ongoing efforts of Trans Canada Trail to protect and enhance Canada’s national Trail.

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.

For more information, please contact Simone Hicken at 905-699-2822 or at shicken@tctrail.ca

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