Recreate Responsibly

National Guidelines: Responsible Trail Operations and Visitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Trans Canada Trail (TCT) has published guidelines for keeping trail operators and users safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. TCT reached out to experts across the globe in order to share their most recommended practices and to provide guidance on safe trail operation. These guidelines were created to assist trail organizations across Canada in their efforts to ensure that Canadians can recreate safely and responsibly. A tool kit for trail organizations has been developed as well, with important items including trailhead signage that will provide useful guidance to trail users.

National Guidelines: Responsible Trail Operations and Visitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic is available HERE, and has been circulated to TCT’s network of over 400 Trail managers, as well as our government partners. However, it also provides useful tips for trail enthusiasts of all levels.


The guidelines cover numerous areas of trail operations and usage, including:

  • Recommended measures to ensure physical distancing among trail crews and users
  • Advice for managing high-touch surfaces and amenities traditionally used for congregating
  • Managing the volume of people using the trail
  • Educating trail users on the role they can play in reducing the transmission of COVID-19

Before going outside, please consult the latest updates from the Government of Canada and World Health Organization, as well as your province/territory, your municipality and the organization that manages your chosen section of the Trail.

Provincial/Territorial Public Health Information

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