5 Holiday Gifts That Make The Great Trail Even Greater

In 2017, we celebrated the connection of The Great Trail – an ambitious dream that began 25 years ago. Stretching over 24,000 kilometres, the Trail connects 15,000 communities, and is within 30 minutes of 80% of Canadians.

As the holiday season approaches, the pressure mounts to find a meaningful present for friends and family. By donating to Trans Canada Trail (the non-profit organization that leads the development of The Great Trail), you give a lasting gift to your loved ones while ensuring the Trail exists for generations to come. It’s a gift that gives again and again.

Here are some of the many ways your donation makes a difference.

You support innovative new Trail sections

Did you know The Great Trail features one of Canada’s only ‘floating trails’? Thanks to TCT donations and community-wide efforts, Huntsville in Ontario is now home to a groundbreaking new section of the Trail.

This innovative new section, built with the help of Pride Marine Group, is crucial to providing safe passage under the provincial highway at Hunters Bay Bridge. Offering an all-new perspective of Hunters Bay, the greenway route is specifically designed for walking, hiking and cycling. Projects like this are only possible with your generous gift.

Hunters Bay Boardwalk – Photo by Blair Moffatt

You commemorate your loved ones on the Trail

As Canada 150 draws to a close, Trail supporters have the chance to have their gifts commemorated in a celebratory pavilion in Ottawa. Any donation over $1,000 received before December 31, 2017, will ensure that your name – or the name of a loved one – will be listed on the pavilion panel corresponding to your gift level. This meaningful gift honours your loved one, while ensuring the Trail is improved for future generations.

Have your name on the Ottawa pavilion!

You empower local volunteers

This year’s connection would not have been possible without the grassroots work of Trail volunteers, whose efforts were amplified by your donations. These dedicated individuals work tirelessly year round to champion the creation of new Trail sections in their area, and help to maintain the existing ones. Now that we’ve reached our connection goal, we need to ensure that our invaluable volunteers continue to be supported as they help us make the Trail safer, cleaner and more accessible. Their fantastic work is made possible with the help of your donations.


You help to create more greenway on the Trail

Your support last year helped TCT take crucial strides in improving sections of The Great Trail. Thanks to your generosity, our Trail team supported the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Trans-Canada Highway on Regina’s section of the Trail.

Other wonderful achievements in 2017 include the connection of the non-motorized Chief Isadore Trail in BC, and the addition of the East Coast Trail in Newfoundland – two Trail sections providing spectacular scenery and experiences.

However, we know we can do even better as we move forward into 2018. Your continued support is critical to providing our Trail partners with the means to make their Trail sections safer by converting interim road routes to greenway – making the Trail more enjoyable for hikers, cyclists and walkers.

East Coast Trail in NFL – Photo by Jennifer Murray

You help us forge closer bonds with Indigenous communities

The recently-added Bras d’Or Lake Water Route in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia has a deep connection with local Indigenous communities, which was supported by your donations. Three Mi’kmaq communities located on the Lake worked in partnership with TCT in developing the 387-kilometre water trail that takes in the rich history and striking beauty of the Bras d’Or Lake, a UNESCO-designated Biosphere Reserve.

We’koqma’q First Nation helped to create a water access point on Skye River as it enters the Lake, which connects to an interpretive section of the Trail.

Eskasoni First Nation also developed a water access point on Goat Island, connecting the water trail to another land trail for tourists and locals. Meanwhile, Potlotek First Nation developed a water access point near the sacred site of Chapel Island, linking The Great Trail to this National Historic Site and sacred place to the Mi’kmaq communities.

TCT’s mission to create closer relationships with Indigenous communities across Canada is fuelled by your generosity.

Bras d’Or Lake Water Route – Photo by Warren Gordon


Making a donation to TCT is simple!

Visit TheGreatTrail.ca or contact our Donor Services Team at 1-800-465-3636 or donorservices@tctrail.ca