The Top of the Trail
If any region of Canada is full of potential for adventure, it’s the vast northern territories. The Great Trail offers an ideal entry point for outdoor enthusiasts to embark on escapades unique to northern Canada. From hiking to dogsledding to canoeing, the trails and waterways of the north are unspoiled and ready for discovery.
Nunavut: Spectacular Tundra Landscapes
The spirit of the North is alive and well in Nunavut, where The Great Trail seems to transform with the seasons. In the brisk winter air, snowmobilers and dogsledders frequent The Trail, while in the bright days (and nights!) of summer, hikers emerge to explore the area.
As a point of pride, Nunavut recently became Canada’s sixth province or territory to celebrate its connection to the countrywide network through the incomparable Itijjagiaq Trail, which stretches 177 kilometres along the southern coast of Baffin Island. In November, TCT partners, volunteers and government supporters gathered at Iqualuit’s Frobisher Inn for a celebratory luncheon to mark the milestone. The Honourable Bardish Chagger, Government House Leader and Minister of Small Business and Tourism, shared in the festivities as a speaker at the event.
Over the past year, we further enhanced the Itijjagiaq Trail by posting navigation signage on warming huts along the route. We extend our thanks to the Government of Nunavut for their ongoing supportive partnership.
Northwest Territories: Wildlife and Expansive Vistas
We salute our partners in the Northwest Territories who completed the construction needed to fully connect the 835-kilometre Hay River Trail. While the majority of this trail features natural surface such as dirt or gravel, several paved sections provide an excellent expanse for running, roller blading or meandering with strollers. With ample opportunities to spot fox, rabbits, squirrels, owls and numerous bird species, wildlife viewing is at a premium along the Hay River Trail. Get ready to celebrate, NWT because you’ll achieve full connection in the 2017/2018 fiscal year!
Yukon: One-of-a-Kind Experiences
From mountain biking and mushing to snowshoeing and snowmobiling, The Great Trail across Yukon provide a one-of-a-kind experience. Now fully connected, TCT’s route in Yukon spans just over 1,600 kilometres, including sections such as the Klondike Highway, Pine Lake Trail and the Ridge Road Heritage Trail. We owe a debt of gratitude to our many TCT partners, donors and volunteers for their sustaining support and tireless work to enhance this portion of the Trail. Mush!