a team of
thousands
dedicated to the enhancement of The Great Trail

What we do

We promote and assist in the development and use of The Great Trail - created by Trans Canada Trail (TCT) and our partners - by supporting success at the local level in the continued improvement and enhancement of this national network. Read on to find out more about the work of TCT, volunteers and donors and how we work together to enhance this cross-Canada legacy.

Our priorities

Quality Increase and improve the quality of the trail
Safety Improve safety and comfort of users
Inclusivity Be inclusive
Clarity Provide signage and wayfinding
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Work in Progress on The Great Trail

Trans Canada Trail continues to grant funding to Trail groups to plan routes, acquire land permissions, install signage, hire engineering firms, build paths and construct trailheads.
  • YT
    Whitehorse: Greenway link to the Gunnar Nilsson Mickey Lammers Research Forest
    1. The construction of a new greenway to connect The Great Trail with the existing bike trail in the Gunnar Nilsson Mickey Lammers Research Forest, while allowing Trail users to stay off busy roadway.
  • YT
    Ridge Road Heritage Trail: New wayfinding signage
    2. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding.
  • NWT
    Yellowknife: New wayfinding signage
    3. The replacement of old signs with new wayfinding signs along the Trail in Yellowknife.
  • NWT
    Fort Simpson: Trailheads and signage for a new Trail section
    4. The installation of one trailhead, two interpretive panels and wayfinding signage in the village of Fort Simpson, which has recently been registered as part of The Great Trail.
  • NWT
    Norman Wells: New wayfinding signage
    5. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail logo along the Norman Wells Trail.
  • NWT
    Hay River: Trail upgrades
    6. The widening of the Trail in Hay River to accommodate yearly maintenance and allow for the installation of culverts and walkways, if necessary.
  • NU
    Iqaluit: Bilingual signage
    7. The installation of new signs with The Great Trail logo along the Itijjagiaq Trail in Iqaluit, Sylvia Grinnell Territorial Park and Katannilik Territorial Park.
  • BC
    Chemainus Rail with Trail South
    1. The construction of a 4.3-kilometre greenway, which will take Trail users off a busy road and establish a 20-kilometre greenway connection between the communities of Westholme, Halalt First Nation, Chemainus First Nation, Saltair and Ladysmith.
  • BC
    Chemainus: New wayfinding signs
    2. The installation of signage along a re-routed section of the Cowichan Valley Trail.
  • BC
    Salish Sea Marine Trail: Archaeological assessments
    3. Archaeological assessments at Gerard Island and Apodaca Provincial Park to determine if they can be included as sites along the Salish Sea Marine Trail.
  • BC
    Squamish-Lillooet Regional District: New wayfinding signs
    4. The replacement of 115 wayfinding signs with new ones with The Great Trail branding, and the installation of an additional 35 new wayfinding signs at locations that have been difficult for users.
  • BC
    North Vancouver: New wayfinding signage
    5. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding.
  • BC
    Abbotsford: A connector trail for Willband Creek Park
    6. The construction of a connector trail that will link The Great Trail with the extensive recreational trail system in Willband Creek Park.
  • BC
    Abbotsford: New trailhead
    7. The construction of a new trailhead in Willband Creek Park.
  • BC
    Rosedale: Study along the Chilliwack River Valley
    8. A study to audit the condition of the Tolmie section of the Chilliwack River Valley Trail and provide specific solutions to management, environmental and heritage issues before beginning repair work.
  • BC
    Agassiz-Kent: New wayfinding signage
    9. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding.
  • BC
    Slocan: Upgrades to the Slocan Valley Rail Trail
    10. The installation of accessible picnic tables, parking stalls and washrooms on the north end of this Trail section. Surface upgrades to improve accessibility.
  • BC
    Nelson: Accessibility upgrades
    11. The construction of a new, accessible washroom facility for people with limited mobility, a public bicycle repair station and drinking water fountain.
  • BC
    aq’am community: Investigating the potential of a new Trail section
    12. A feasibility study on developing a trail connection from the aq’am community to Cranbrook, where it would connect with The Great Trail.
  • BC
    Cranbrook: New signage
    13. The installation of 88 wayfinding signs along the Trail in Cranbrook.
  • BC
    Fernie: New wayfinding signage
    14. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along 42 kilometres of the Elk Valley Trail.
  • BC
    Sparwood: A creative approach to signage from high school students
    15. TCT will support a local high school and a blacksmith mentor students to create steel sculptures to hold new wayfinding signs along the Trail.
  • AB
    Banff: Extending the Legacy Trail
    16. The construction of a permanent two-way dedicated greenway from the end of the Legacy Trail to the crosswalk at Marmot Crescent in Banff.
  • AB
    Canmore: Study for a new Trail section
    17. A planning study to examine the best routing of The Great Trail between Deadman Flats and Canmore, through provincial, municipal and private lands.
  • AB
    Kananaskis: A new bridge to protect users
    18. The installation of a new pedestrian bridge and 472 metres of guardrail along the West Bragg Creek Trail to protect Trail users from roadway vehicles.
  • AB
    Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park: Accessibility upgrades
    19. The construction of an accessible viewing platform over Tiger Lily Pond and the installation of four interpretive signs highlighting the flora, fauna and history of the area.
  • AB
    Calgary: New wayfinding signage
    20. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding.
  • AB
    Airdrie: Restoring a historic bridge
    21. The restoration of a historically significant bridge in Pony Truss Bridge Park and the development of an asphalt section that will connect the bridge to sidewalks on the main road.
  • AB
    Blackfalds: New wayfinding signage
    22. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding.
  • AB
    Irricana: Adding a new greenway from Irricana to Beiseker
    23. The construction of a 7.2-kilometre non-motorized Trail section with a granular surface, access controls and signage at all road crossings.
  • AB
    Beiseker: Bridge and culvert construction
    24. The installation of a bridge and a culvert along a future section of the Trail between Irricana and Beiseker.
  • AB
    Maskwacis: Bank stabilization
    25. An essential study to determine the best way to remediate slope failure along Blackfalds-Lacombe-Ponoka Trails and to rebuild damage parts of this Trail section.
  • AB
    Fort Saskatchewan: A pedestrian walkway under a new highway bridge
    26. The construction of an underslung pedestrian walkway suspended below a new bridge across the North Saskatchewan River. Currently, the only option for Trail users to cross is via a busy commuter route used by thousands of vehicles every day.
  • AB
    Athabasca Landing Trail: Informational and interpretive signage
    27. The installation of signage with information on approved trail uses and directions, as well as historical and cultural insights, on kiosks at four staging areas along the Athabasca Landing Trail.
  • AB
    Wood Buffalo: Improving approaches to bridges along the Des Nedhé Trail
    28. Clearing part of the Trail that connects three bridges of encroaching vegetation, while installing culverts to accommodate drainage. Signage at three access points will also be installed.
  • AB
    Smith’s Landing First Nation: New wayfinding signage
    29. The installation of wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along the Des Nedhé Trail.
  • SK
    Saskatchewan-Alberta border: New CLIF trailhead sign
    1. The installation of a double-faced trailhead sign, in French and English, along the Northern Trails of Saskatchewan. The sign will include local and area mapping, trail use information, GPS location and link to the TCT website. This signage was supported by CLIF Bar.
  • SK
    Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park: New wayfinding signs
    2. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding along 31 kilometres of the Trail in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
  • SK
    Duck Lake: Many Nations Tourism Corridor
    3. The construction of a new greenway system that will serve as an integral part of a new Indigenous tourism destination being developed at Beardy’s & Okemasis’ Cree Nation and Fort Carlton Provincial Park.
  • SK
    Danielson Provincial Park: New wayfinding signs
    4. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding along 23 kilometres of the Trail in Danielson Provincial Park.
  • SK
    Moose Jaw: Safety improvements along the Moose Jaw River
    5. The construction of a second river crossing in Paashkwow Park to cater for increased use.
  • SK
    Canora to Yorkton: New wayfinding signs
    6. The installation of new wayfinding signs to replace signs that are out of date, damaged or missing.
  • SK
    Canora to Duck Mountain Provincial Park: New wayfinding signs
    7. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding to replace signs that are out of date, damaged or missing.
  • SK
    Duck Mountain Provincial Park: New CLIF trailhead sign
    8. The installation of a double-faced trailhead sign, in French and English, at the Saskatchewan-Manitoba border. The sign will include trail use information, GPS location and link to the TCT website. This signage was supported by CLIF Bar.
  • MB
    Russell: New wayfinding signs
    9. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along the Crocus Trail.
  • MB
    Rossburn: New wayfinding signs
    10. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along the Rossburn Subdivision Trail.
  • MB
    Neepawa: New trailheads
    11. The installation of two or more trailhead signs along the Trail in the Town of Neepawa. The trailheads will give residents and neighbouring communities a sense of direction on the Trail, while creating greater awareness of the Trail.
  • MB
    Pinawa: Signage updates
    12. Updates to wayfinding signage and 16 existing discovery panels, which include the installation of new interpretive panels.
  • MB
    Winnipeg: Pathways to Reconciliation
    13. A study exploring the potential of highlighting specific sites on or near The Great Trail that have connections with Winnipeg’s Indigenous communities, including through wayfinding and interpretive signage, nature playgrounds, bike parks and multi-use facilities.
  • MB
    Winnipeg: Exploring the potential of an on-road cycling connection
    14. A study to provide a design for an improved, on-road cycling connection between Osborne Street and Raglan Avenue and to consider potential improvements for pedestrians.
  • MB
    Winnipeg: Indigenous interpretive signage in the North End of Winnipeg
    15. The construction of seven interpretive sites that celebrate the long history of the local Indigenous community.
  • MB
    Crow Wing Trail: New wayfinding signs
    16. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding along the 184-kilometre Crow Wing Trail.
  • MB
    Lac du Bonnet: New wayfinding signs
    17. The installation of new wayfinding sings with The Great Trail branding along the Blue Water South Trail.
  • MB
    Lac du Bonnet: New trailhead
    18. The construction of a new trailhead at the north end of the Blue Water South Trail.
  • MB
    Lac du Bonnet: New wayfinding and safety signage
    19. The installation of eight signs with The Great Trail branding that will provide directions to a parking lot, to discourage Trail users from parking along a busy roadway nearby.
  • MB
    Centennial Trail: New bridge
    20. The installation of a historic pedestrian bridge at Cabin Lake Creek.
  • MB
    Oakland: Essential work along the North Whiteshell Trail
    21. Repairs to a part of the North Whiteshell Trail that suffered a washout. This work will include the replacement of an old culvert with a newer model and the development of a gravel trail over the culvert.
  • MB
    North Whiteshell Trail: New wayfinding signage
    22. The installation of new wayfinding signage along the North Whiteshell Trail, as well as the replacement and upgrading of existing signs.
  • MB
    Red River North Trail: Protecting the Trail from motorized access in summer
    23. The installation of 12 maze gates along the Red River North Trail to prevent recreational motorized access during the summer months, while allowing for maintenance and emergency access. In addition, safety railings on seven former railway bridges will be installed.
  • ON
    Atikokan: Trail clearing
    1. Clearing seven kilometres of the Beaten Path Nordic Trails between Little Falls in Atikokan and the Nordic Lake trailhead.
  • ON
    Voyageur Trail – Casque Isles: Signage updates
    2. Updates to an existing trailhead, including the addition of a new panel with a map and information indicating the location of the trailhead, trail difficulty classification in accordance with Parks Canada standards and other relevant information.
  • ON
    Voyageur Trail – Group of Seven Trail: New wayfinding signage
    3. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding.
  • ON
    Sault Ste. Marie: New kayak lockers along the Lake Superior Water Trail
    4. The installation of four storage lockers adjacent to the Lake Superior Water Route at the following locations: Thunder Bay, Red Rock, Nipigon and Terrace Bay.
  • ON
    Sault Ste. Marie: New wayfinding signage
    5. The installation of wayfinding signs along an unsigned section of The Great Trail.
  • ON
    Garden River First Nation: Emergency flooding repair
    6. Repairs to alleviate damage caused by flooding to a two-kilometre section of the Waterfront Trail.
  • ON
    Penetanguishene: Exploring the potential of a new parking lot and trailhead
    7. A study to determine the best way to design a proper parking lot at a location used as an unofficial trailhead for the Penetanguishene Trail. The study will look at ways to improve safety and address erosion problems on this Trail section.
  • ON
    Penetanguishene: New wayfinding signage
    8. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along the Penetanguishene Trail.
  • ON
    Windsor: A new Point Zero marker
    9. The construction and installation of a Point Zero marker, which will mark the southernmost point of The Great Trail of Canada. New wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding will also be installed.
  • ON
    Chatham-Kent: New wayfinding signage
    10. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along 24 kilometres of the Trail.
  • ON
    St. Thomas: New wayfinding signage
    11. The installation of bilingual wayfinding signage along the new St. Thomas Elevated Park.
  • ON
    Aylmer: New amenities for the Elgin Trail
    12. The installation of rest stops, which will comprise of benches and waste disposal containers, along the Elgin Trail.
  • ON
    Aylmer: New wayfinding signage
    13. The installation of signage to coincide with the construction of amenities along the Elgin Trail.
  • ON
    Norfolk County: New wayfinding signage
    14. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along the Norfolk County Rail Trails.
  • ON
    Brantford: Accessibility upgrades
    15. The installation of a new ramp and construction of a walkway along the Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway to provide unobstructed access from the park lot to the Trail for people with limited mobility.
  • ON
    Waterloo: Re-routing study
    16. A study investigating the possible realignment of The Great Trail along a former rail corridor that is being developed as Waterloo’s main active transportation corridor.
  • ON
    Kitchener: Bridge replacement
    17. The replacement of an existing wooden trestle bridge along the Iron Horse Trail with a prefabricated steel arch-truss bridge with concrete and asphalt decking, to facilitate increased pedestrian usage.
  • ON
    Kitchener: New wayfinding signage
    18. The installation of wayfinding signs along a previously unsigned section of The Great Trail.
  • ON
    Caledon East: Drainage upgrade on the Caledon Trailway
    19. The replacement of a culvert to prevent flooding, erosion and ice-build up and to mitigate long-term damage to the Trail and nearby land.
  • ON
    Caledon: New CLIF Trailhead
    20. The installation of a double-faced trailhead sign, in French and English, which will include local and area mapping, trail use information, GPS location and link to the TCT website. This signage was supported by CLIF Bar.
  • ON
    Toronto: Accessibility upgrades with sloped path
    21. The construction of a new sloped path with a ramp to ease accessibility to The Great Trail in the Lower Don Valley.
  • ON
    Scarborough: New greenway and bridges
    22. The construction of three new bridges and a new greenway to take a section of the Pan Am Path on Ellesmere Road off a busy roadway.
  • ON
    Orillia: Replacement of a bridge and culverts
    23. A study to plan for the replacement of a bridge and culverts along the Uhthoff Trail.
  • ON
    Glasgow: New trailhead
    24. The construction of new trailhead signage along the Oak Ridges Moraine Trail, a newly designated section of The Great Trail of Canada.
  • ON
    Durham Region: Trailhead construction and new wayfinding signage
    25. The construction of a new trailhead and the installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding.
  • ON
    Omemee: Emergency repairs on the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail
    26. The installation of two or more trailhead signs along the Trail in the Town of Neepawa. The trailheads will give residents and neighbouring communities a sense of direction on the Trail, while creating greater awareness of the Trail.
  • ON
    Enterprise: Trail upgrades
    27. Improvements to facilitate the re-routing of the Trail from a roadway to a mixed-use trail.
  • QC
    Gatineau: Wayfinding signage updates
    28. Updating wayfinding signage along the Commission de la Capitale Nationale trail.
  • QC
    Gracefield: Pavement upgrades
    29. The paving of 45 kilometres of the Véloroute des Draveurs along the municipalities of Low, Kazabazua, Gracefield, Blue Sea and Messines.
  • QC
    Mirabel: North shore study
    30. A study to determine the routing of the Trail on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, from Mirabel to Les Moulins, via Rivière-du-Nord.
  • QC
    Saint-Agapit: Optimizing the Trail for cyclists
    31. The paving of 3.15 kilometres of the Véloroute de Lotbinière with asphalt, creating a better experience for cyclists and encouraging tourism.
  • QC
    P'tit Train du Nord: Analysis of usage data
    32. A study to assess how data gathered from Strava and from eco-counters along the P’tit Train du Nord can give insights into the usage of the Trail.
  • QC
    P'tit Train du Nord: New access controls
    33. The installation of new access controls at different intersections along the P’tit Train du Nord and the integration of these barriers into welcome panels.
  • QC
    P’tit Train du Nord: New interpretive panels for wildlife study
    34. The development and installation of four interpretive panels to explain an ongoing wildlife study in the area.
  • QC
    Mont-Laurier: Determining bridge repairs
    35. A study to find out what repairs are needed to a historic trestle bridge along the P’tit Train du Nord, which was forced to close after studies indicated it was unsafe.
  • QC
    Montreal: Pavilion upgrades
    36. The renovation and updating of the pavilion along the Lachine Canal.
  • QC
    Parc linéaire des Bois-Francs: New wayfinding signs
    37. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding.
  • QC
    Beaupré: Work on aging infrastructure
    38. The replacement of an old staircase and culverts along the Sentier Mestashibo.
  • QC
    Charlevoix: Trail audit
    39. A study to assess the condition of this Trail section, based on standards issued by Rando Quebec, and to use information gathered to give recommendations on the upgrade, maintenance of governance of this Trail section.
  • QC
    Charlevoix: New wayfinding signage
    40. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along La Traversée de Charlevoix.
  • QC
    Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area: New wayfinding signage
    41. The installation of wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along a new section of The Great Trail.
  • QC
    Mont-Élie: Installation of a new bridge
    42. The replacement of a footbridge and the installation of a new one along the Traversée de Charlevoix Trail to ensure user safety.
  • QC
    Rivière-du-Loup: Protecting a bridge from further erosion
    43. A study to determine what mitigation work is needed to protect an existing bridge from ongoing erosion.
  • QC
    Le Petit Témis: Surface upgrades
    44. Upgrades to the running surface of Le Petit Témis, which will create a better cycling experience while protecting the Trail section from degradation caused by climate change and severe weather.
  • NB
    Edmundston: New trailhead and wayfinding signage
    45. Upgrades to the City of Edmundston bantam marker and the installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding.
  • NB
    Fredericton: New wayfinding signage
    46. The installation of new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding.
  • NB
    Wolastoq Trail: Construction of greenway and re-routing
    47. The construction of a new greenway along the Wolastoq Trail near Streets Brook, which was damaged by a severe washout.
  • NB
    Wolastoq Trail: New interpretive signage and trailheads
    48. The design and installation of trailheads and interpretive signs at 13 water access points along the lower river passage of the Wolastoq Trail.
  • NB
    Grand Falls to Woodstock: New trailhead and wayfinding signage
    49. The installation of a new trailhead sign at the south end of the Wolastoq Trail and new wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding along the entirety of the Trail section.
  • NB
    Moncton: Bridge repair
    50. The repair of structural steel members of the existing bridge, a full media blasting of all steel and repainting.
  • NB
    Moncton: New wayfinding signs
    51. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding along the Riverfront Trail.
  • NS
    Cole Harbour: Causeway reconstruction
    52. Repairs to alleviate damage caused by severe storms and erosion along the Salt Marsh Trail while protecting the Trail against the effects of future environmental events.
  • NS
    Cole Harbour: Shearwater Flyer Bridge upgrades
    53. Major repair work to upgrade a pedestrian bridge, improve the Trail surface and mitigate illegal ATV access.
  • NS
    Cole Harbour: Discovery panel renovation
    54. The renovation of existing discovery panels along the Shearwater Flyer Trail and Heritage Trail.
  • NS
    Cole Harbour: Parking lot expansion
    55. A study to increase the number of parking spaces for Trail users at the intersection of the Salt Marsh Trail, the Shearwater Flyer Trail and the Heritage Trail.
  • NS
    Head of Chezzetcook: Causeway Engineering Assessment
    56. A study to determine the stabilization work needed to minimize severe erosion along the Blueberry Run Trail as the result of damaging wave action.
  • NS
    East Chezzetcook and Musquodoboit: A new greenway along the Chezzetcook Musquodoboit Trail
    57. The construction of a 6.5-kilometre greenway that will replace a roadway along a section of the Chezzetcook Musquodoboit Trail.
  • NS
    Gully Lake Wilderness Area: New wayfinding signs
    58. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding along a previously unsigned Trail section.
  • NS
    New Glasgow: New wayfinding signs
    59. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding.
  • NS
    Celtic Shores Coastal Trail: Emergency repairs
    60. Crucial repairs to a section of the Trail near Troy Beach, which has been damaged by coastal erosion. The repairs will prevent this trail from being lost entirely.
  • NS
    Celtic Shores Coastal Trail: New wayfinding signs
    61. The installation of new wayfinding signs with The Great Trail branding, as well as co-branded signs and trailhead signage.
  • NS
    Bealach Brèagha Trail: New co-branded wayfinding signage
    62. The installation of co-branded wayfinding signage and eight interpretive panels.
  • NL
    Corner Brook: Multi-Purpose Trail Study
    63. A study to investigative an alternative to the current route of this part of the Newfoundland T’Railway, which is no longer fully functional as a multi-purpose trail.
  • NL
    Paradise: Upgrades to a popular section of the T’Railway
    64. Upgrades to drainage, signage and tread along a section of the Newfoundland T’Railway between Octagon Pond and Conception Bay South. Once the upgrades are complete, this section will be closed to ATVs.
  • NL
    Mount Pearl: Trail upgrades
    65. Upgrades to the Newfoundland T’Railway between Mount Pearl and St. John’s, which will include resurfacing to a 3-metre width and installing five pedestrian counters, four gates and 10 benches.
  • NL
    Logy Bay: Cobbler’s Path connector
    66. The extension of the Cobber’s Path part of the East Coast Trail to eliminate two kilometres of roadway.
  • NL
    East Coast Trail: New wayfinding signs
    67. The installation of wayfinding signs along the entire 329-kilometre East Coast Trail, from Topsail Beach to Cappahayden.

Trailside highlights

Signage 101: Wayfinding signs and directional arrows

Signage 101: Wayfinding signs and directional arrows

What’s the difference? Wayfinding signs are meant to guide and inform users that they are on

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Signage 101: Installation recommendations

Signage 101: Installation recommendations

Once installation locations have been selected, it is important that the specific placement of each sign

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Signage 101: Trailheads and interpretive panels

Signage 101: Trailheads and interpretive panels

What is a trailhead? Large-scale sign structures usually located at the beginning point of a Trail

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Signage 101: Customized signs

Signage 101: Customized signs

In addition to our standard signs, partners are encouraged to design customized signs for their section

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