150+ Canadians Day 10: Trans-Canada Trail

The Trans-Canada Trail (now also being promoted as “The Great Trail”) and the countless people who are helping to make it happen contributes to peace by connecting Canadians to eachother and to the natural landscape.

“It’s a tangible link and a tie that binds us together. What better gift can we give to each other than a national trail that connects us all?”          -Deborah Apps, Trans Canada Trail CEO and president

  • To be complete for Canada’s 150th birthday, the approximately 24,000 km Great Trail links 15,000 communities from coast to coast to coast. Spanning all provinces and territories, the Trail’s nearly 430 sections follow waterways, roadways and footpaths through urban centres and rural areas.
  • The Great Trail passes through historic settlements, highlights the railway’s trestles and tunnels, and follows First Nations paddling routes.
  • The multi-use trails are ideal for explorers on foot, bikes, horseback, canoes or kayaks, skis and snowmobiles.
  • 80% of Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.
  • Imagined 25 years ago in 1992, the Trans Canada Trail is a not-for-profit organization.
  • A mobile app, called The Great Trail – Explore Canada, offers three features:
    • A zoom in and out map, with self-locating GPS
    • A measure function which calculates distances from point to point
    • An activity tracker which reports the time, elevation and distance travelled.