Trans Canada Trail – The Great Trail


THE GREAT TRAIL – Your Trail, Your Journey: Trans Canada Trail



Summer may be winding down, but with 100 treasure boxes hidden along The Great Trail from coast to coast to coast, there’s never been a better time to get out and explore the world’s longest network of recreational trails. That’s why Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is joining forces with the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS) to launch The Great Trail Treasure Hunt. This large-scale treasure hunt starting August 26 was created to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the cross-Canada connection of The Great Trail.

Starting August 26th, Canadians can visit The Great Trail Treasure Hunt website to see segments of the Trail where they can find a treasure box. The first person to find each box will receive a $100 gift card from Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) and a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic magazine.


Those that aren’t first need not despair! By following the instructions on the outside of the box, treasure hunters can gain entry into a weekly draw to win one of the following prizes: a $250 MEC gift card, a Nikon camera, a SPOT GPS device, a KEEN “free shoes” gift card, and a one-year subscription to Canadian Geographic magazine. In addition, at the end of the hunt, one grand-prize winner will receive a trip for two on a One Ocean Expeditions ship as well as additional prizes.

Over the next five weeks, clues will be released on the treasure hunt website to help treasure seekers along. The final clues will be released by Friday, September 30, but the contest will continue until October 31st. The grand-prize winner will be announced on November 1 in Ottawa.

The Great Trail Treasure Hunt will entice Canadians to get off the couch and explore over 100 trail sections, both land and water, across Canada. It’s a fun, healthy way to learn more about Canada.


TCT and the RCGS gratefully acknowledge the support of the following sponsors: One Ocean Expeditions, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Nikon Canada, KEEN Footwear, Clif Bar & Company, SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, The Globe and Mail, and Parks Canada.





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The Trans Canada Trail launched The Great Trail Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for 2019-2020

The CIP is a program run by Trans Canada Trail that provides financial contributions to projects on The Great Trail.

You can submit your project online here:

Project proposals will be accepted between August 5 and October 5, 2018. We invite you to consult our guidelines to validate the eligibility of your project.

For any information or questions, do not hesitate to contact your TCT representative, listed on the final page of the guidelines.



The Great Trail is an impressive 24,000-kilometre thread that links Canada and Canadians. But, it is also a collection of smaller trails, each with their own distinctive identity. Some Trail sections traverse rugged mountains and some sections pass through urban areas. Some are waterways and some are beautiful/bucolic/charming/stunning/ country roads. The Trail is long and diverse.

Part of our mission is to help Canadians learn about the many ways that they can use The Great Trail. Not only is it a path to well-being, but the Trail is also a way to connect with the vast natural landscapes that are at the heart of our national identity.

With that in mind, here are three unique Trail sections to discover – sections that are perfect for autumn meanderings.



A pretty (urban) prairie pathway
The South Saskatchewan River is Saskatoon’s defining landmark. Running parallel to the river, the Meewasin Trail provides a natural pathway between some of the city’s best offerings: green spaces, impressive bridges, riverfront cafes, art galleries, heritage sites and more. Here’s how to spend a day on this trail.


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Adventure and history in southeast B.C.
In Cranbrook, the Chief Isadore Trail offers access to the Isadore Canyon corridor, which has been used by the Ktunaxa people for centuries. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the stunning mountain landscape. To help you plan, check out this weekend itinerary.


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A diversity of landscapes
Located 115 kilometres east of Winnipeg, the Pinawa Trail passes through boreal forest, over grasslands and along granite ridges. A three-day excursion to the region provides the opportunity to explore The Great Trail in three distinct ways: cycle, hike and paddle. Get started!


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The Toronto suburbanite who beat traffic! 
The Martin Goodman Trail along the shores of Lake Ontario saved Jennifer from driving into the city – a panic-inducing mission for most GTA residents. The 8.5-kilometre Trail section stretching from the Humber Bay Arch Bridge to Toronto’s Harbourfront is a beautiful alternative to driving – and parking – in downtown Toronto. Whether you walk it or pedal it, make sure to have your camera on hand!


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From far and wide, oh Canada
Canada has striking mountains, jagged coastlines and sweeping flatlands, and many of these landscapes are featured on our Instagram account: @TheGreatTrail. We’re inspired by talented Instagram users across Canada such as these ten impressive shutterbugs who make our hearts glow. Be sure to follow them, too!

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August 2018 Newsletter




A young family enjoying the Trail in New Brunswick. Photo: Tourism New Brunswick.



Can you believe it’s been almost a year since The Great Trail was officially connected? This month, we’re looking back on that historic achievement. We also remember that connection does not mean completion – there are plenty of exciting and important projects ahead!


It’s been a busy 12 months for TCT, with numerous post-connection endeavours and events that we look forward to sharing with you. We also talk to TimberWest, one of our many corporate donors who played an instrumental role in helping us achieve cross-Canada connection. You can also take a look at our online annual report for 2017-18, which details our major highlights over the last financial year.


We’ve also got some exciting details of our nationwide treasure hunt, held in collaboration with our friends at the Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS)!




One year since connection: 

What we’ve been doing since our national celebration


Connection was an incredible moment for the Trail, but we’ve been very busy since then! We take a look at the exciting projects that TCT is supporting post-connection, and share more about the cross-Canada treasure hunt coming to a Trail section near you!

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WATCH: Remembering connection on August 26


Memories of our national celebration, and the hundreds of events across Canada on August 26, still resonate with us. Here are the highlights of that historic day.


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Donor Profile: TimberWest

TCT donors TimberWest played an integral role in raising funds for connection in 2017. Now, they are reaffirming their commitment by supporting a number of improvement projects along the Cowichan Valley Trail.


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Journeys: Exploring Manitoba’s Historic Trails


As you wander through tall grasses of the prairies, walk along remote forest trails or paddle the peaceful lakes of this province, stories of ancient tribes and nation-builders are just waiting to be told in Manitoba.


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Our Annual Report is online!


So much was accomplished in our landmark year of connection! Discover the financial, fundraising and Trail-building highlights from the year 2017-18.


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Autumn leaves are falling, as nature prepares to fall into a wintry slumber. However, things couldn’t be busier on The Great Trail!


Fresh from marking our official cross-country connection in August, we want to highlight the very best this project has to offer this fall. We’re also very excited about celebrating the 100% connection of British Columbia’s section of Trail later this month!


The Great Trail isn’t just for summer holidays – it’s a year-round, free-to-use and fun resource for all Canadians and visitors. The party doesn’t stop now – venture out onto a Trail section near you to discover the beauty and magic that Canada has to offer.




10 Instagram Accounts That Will Inspire Your Autumn Adventures

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than seeing trees burst into autumnal colors, or feeling a fresh breeze after a humid summer! These talented intagrammers remind us of the timeless beauty of a Canadian fall.

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Foraging Wild Food on The Great Trail – Expert Tips

Care for some autumn polenta with some oyster mushrooms from The Great Trail? Or perhaps some risotto and wild asparagus? Discover the nutrious and delicious wild plant species across Canada with our expert foraging guide.

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Experience Fall Foliage along the Pt’it Train du Nord, Quebec

Tourisme des Laurentides gives their recommendations for fun and frolics along Quebec’s most famous trail!

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The Perfect Fall Playlist for Exploring The Great Trail

We love everything that celebrates nature and the outdoors – especially when it comes to music! We’ve selected a bunch of our favourite songs for autumn, which perfectly encapsulate the changing of the seasons.

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Twenty five years ago, a small group of visionaries had an audacious dream: to connect the country and its people with a multi-use recreational trail.

Now, The Great Trail – stretching almost 24,000 kilometres – will finally be connected.

It’s the longest trail system in the world and it’s in our backyard.

Celebrate with us on Saturday, August 26, 2017!






Cycling teams in New Brunswick have embarked on a two-week tour that will culminate with a party at Government House in Fredericton on the 26th. On Alberta’s rugged Iron Horse Trail, you can go geocaching or do some backcountry sightseeing. Whistler will host a hiking/cycling celebration on the Sea to Sky Trail, while Haines Junction, YT, and Hay River, NT, both invite you to join them for a local meal… so GO CHECK OUT THE MAP NOW.



Les équipes de cyclisme du Nouveau-Brunswick ont entrepris une tournée de deux semaines qui se conclura avec une fête à la Résidence du gouverneur à Fredericton le 26 août. Vous pourrez faire du géocaching le long du tortueux sentier Iron Horse Trail en Alberta ou visiter l’arrière-pays. Whistler organisera une fête sous le thème de la randonnée et du vélo sur le sentier Sea to Sky, tandis que Haines Junction, YT, et Hay River, NT, vous invitent à un repas traditionnel. Voilà une fraction des activités géniales qui se préparent pour le 26 août.  DÉCOUVREZ-LES TOUTES SUR NOTRE CARTE INTERACTIVE.






If you are attending our event in Ottawa, you will celebrate with headliner Steven Page and friends. Live music, swag, a colouring wall map of the Trail, complimentary CLIF bars and OREO McFlurries plus a scavenger hunt IRL

and on Snapchat, how about that.

Click here for details, if you dare! (In true Trans Canada Trail style, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you to bring your reusable water bottle… and a lawn chair.)



Si vous participez à notre événement à Ottawa, vous ferez la fête avec notre invité vedette Steven Page et bien d’autres. Au programme: des performances musicales variées, des articles promotionnels, une chasse au trésor virtuelle et plus encore. Tous les détails ici. Dans le vrai style du Sentier Transcanadien, nous vous suggérons d’apporter votre bouteille d’eau réutilisable… et une chaise de camping.






Tag us using our main event-specific hashtag #4C26 (for Cross-Canada Connection Celebration, get it?) and you might get a shout-out!



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The Great Trail’s 2017 celebration event is planned for August 26 in Ottawa, but in the meantime, we have a bunch of holiday long weekend content for you to enjoy, including an update on our 100 percent connection events and a story about a family that supported the Trail in 2016 by crossing the country on it.

If you’re thinking that this edition of Trail Talk looks different, you’re not wrong… We are celebrating our big Connection Year with big events and lots of exciting changes, including to the look of our beloved newsletter. Take a look and let us know what you think!





2017 is a big year for Canadians and now we, along with our partners at Trans Canada Trail, have another reason to celebrate. The Great Trail will finally connect us from coast to coast to coast. And, it’s a great place to get together.

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TCT was on-deck as the HBC Grand Portage to support Trail connection kicked off in Vancouver and in Victoria.

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Sunrise ceremony on the Cranbrook to Wardner Trail on National Aboriginal Day with the Ktunaxa Nation Council.

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Eco-racing to connect the country: Manitoba’s section of The Great Trail is now officially connected province-wide!

Thank you Manitoba!

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 SUSSEX DR. Rideau Hall and 24 Sussex now connected to The Great Trail

Back in 2013, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, unveiled an honorary section of The Great Trail between Rideau Hall and 24 Sussex Drive. Now these two iconic addresses will be connected to the main spine of The Great Trail.

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Donor profile: The Coffin family


Celebrating Canada Day by crossing the country via The Great Trail

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CLIF: Look for Them on the Trail

CLIF will be sampling its all-new CLIF Nut Butter Filled energy bars, launched in Canada this spring, and the classic CLIF Bars and CLIF Kid Zbars to adventurers and families along different sections of the Trail.

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Naturally Active for Life Victoria County Participated in World Oceans Day and The Great Trail Event June 11, 2017

Hats off to all involved on a great World Oceans Day Event Yesterday at Iona Wharf and Port, along with the Official Opening of the Waterways Launch for 24,000 km The Great Trail – (Trans Canada Trail).

What a setting, viewscape for this part of the TCT – Kudos to all for making this happen. Thank You Ann Marie MacNeil, your Team (s), Organization(s) for all you do and the Invitation to Naturally Active for Life Victoria County (Est. 2011) to Participate – it’s greatly appreciated.

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HELD – Central Cape Breton Community Ventures Inc. Invited You to the Official Opening of the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route, a part of the Great Trail and the Access Point at Iona Port Bras d’Or Lake Water Route, a 377 km part of The Great Trail

Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Official Opening:

1 pm – Àros na Mara The Great Trail Centre (2583 St. Columba Road, Iona)

Refreshments followed

Join us for the day

12-4:30 pm – Àros na Mara World Oceans Day Festival

Everyone Welcome!

Schedule of events:  –  or phone 902-295-0219



500 Days in the Wild – TCT

Documentary filmmaker Dianne Whelan – Coast to Coast Trans Canada Trail Journey. The British Columbia native is currently helping create awareness of NS Trails, our members and the TCT. You are encouraged to contact her via Facebook to keep up with her whereabouts in your area. Please send your messages to her through her Facebook page, . Any assistance you can provide Dianne regarding your trail and your area would be greatly appreciated. Helping her reach out to local media outlets in your region would also be welcomed as it is a great opportunity to showcase your trail and the great work you’ve been doing. Dianne just spent more than a month in Cape Breton, including 38 days paddling the Bras d’Or Lake


Community Groups Blazing Trails with New Funding

Nova Scotia Trans Canada Trail Progress Update

As the partner for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia since the TCT’s inception in 1992, NS Trails is pleased to provide you with the following update on the project leading to our connection deadline of 2017.

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails) would like to ensure you and your stakeholders are aware of the funding opportunities that exist around the Trans Canada Trail Project in Nova Scotia.

Funding Available for TCT Greenways and Water Route Projects 50% funding is available through NS Trails for greenway or water route projects that close the gaps in Trans Canada Trail (TCT) connection here in Nova Scotia.

Please contact:

Garnet McLaughlin, TCT Mainland Consultant

Email: / Phone: 902-647-2271

Cape Breton Region

Grand Narrows Joins “The Great Trail” June 10, 2017

In conjunction with World Oceans Day events in the area, on June 10th, Grand Narrows will celebrate it’s Access Point to the Bras d’Or Lake Water Route of the Great Trail. With it’s completion in 2017, the Great Trail will be the longest and grandest recreational trail in the world and will wind its way through a variety of landscapes – urban, rural and wilderness – along greenway, waterway and roadway

Activities in Grand Narrows on June 10th will include:
Kayak Workshop: 10am-12pm
Lobster Boil: 1-3pm
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: 12:30pm

On June 11 from 9-11am: Think Tank Breakfast at the Wheelhouse Cafe “Cape Breton Weather Monitoring Network”
Cost is $15. To register contact

The Wheelhouse Cafe will be open Sat. and Sun of Oceans Day Weekend from 11am-6pm. The cafe will open for the season June 23.

***On June 11, 2017 the Port of Iona will officially join the Great Trail. Visit the Iona Port June 11 for a full day of WOD activities.



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Whether you’re ready or not, it’s June, and the water is warm! (Or finally swimmable, anyway. We are in Canada, after all.)


In this month’s issue, one of our partners, Naturally Superior Adventures, coaxes us out onto our great lakes, rivers and oceans, encouraging us to take time to appreciate our abundant natural resource, and be thankful for it.


If you’re hoping to join us for our Connection Celebration event in Ottawa on August 26, we’ve also got information to help you plan your travel.


See you out there on the Trail!



Big Canoes on The Great Trail


Lake Superior offers a spectacular way to cross The Great Trail from Sault Ste Marie to Thunder Bay – why not do it by canoe, or, even better, 36-foot birchbark voyageur canoe?


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One Great Lake, Six Great Journeys


Planning your July 1 celebrations? Our partner, Naturally Superior Adventures, has six exciting ways for you to paddle your way to fun.


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Join Trans Canada Trail in Ottawa on August 26 for our cross-Canada connection celebration


Trans Canada Trail is trekking over to Major’s Hill Park in Ottawa! On August 26, from noon to 2 p.m., TCT will celebrate connection across Canada with music, food trucks and giveaways.


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New Point Zero East


Cape Spear, Newfoundland, is the eastermost point in North America and TCT is proud to announce that, as of last Thursday, it became The Great Trail’s new Point Zero East. A new partnership with the East Coast Trail Association made connection of this section of the Trail possible.


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Sarah Jackson completes her walk on The Great Trail

They said it would takes up to two years, two months and one week to walk across the country, but for Sarah Jackson, it took just one day less than two years. On a journey that took her from Victoria, B.C., in 2015, to St. John’s, N.L., in 2017, the courageous 24-year-old from Edmonton, Alberta, finished her trek yesterday.

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NS Trails hired a Cape Breton Trans Canada Trail Engagement Officer

Excerpt from October 10, 2014 news release:

The Nova Scotia Trails Federation (NS Trails), as the recognized agent for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Nova Scotia, is pleased to announce the hiring of Jessica Farrell as our Cape Breton Trans Canada Trail Engagement Officer. Farrell will be responsible for advancing the connection of waterway routes and land trail on Cape Breton Island.

Farrell brings a wealth of experience in public engagement, relationship building, communications and event planning to this position. “We are excited to have someone of Jessica’s calibre and enthusiasm in this position,” says NS Trails TCT Committee Chair, Blaise Mac Eachern. “Jessica will be partnering with community-based organizations on Cape Breton Island to help us achieve our goal of connecting the Trail in Nova Scotia by 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation.”

Jessica has already met with a number of important stakeholders on the Island.

She has been busy doing presentations for a number of community/municipal representatives and hopes to continue with other potential partners, including First Nations communities, in the New Year.

Jessica and her new role with the TCT were featured in articles that appeared in the Cape Breton Post, the Port Hawkesbury Reporter and in Halifax’s Metro News.  She was also interviewed on CBC Radio’s Information Morning in Sydney.

In addition, Jessica was approached to write a monthly article about the TCT progress on the Island for the Cape Breton Post’s community paper, ‘The Community Post.’  This is published weekly and distributed throughout the Island, delivered directly to 45,000 homes in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality. Jessica has just completed her second article, which is expected to appear before the holidays.

This is a great opportunity for us to showcase and highlight the work being done on the TCT in Cape Breton. We believe it will help garner broad interest, awareness and excitement about the project and we look forward to her regular contributions.

Provincial Update:

Representatives of NS Trails and the TCT met with the Deputy Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and his staff on November 29, 2014 to discuss the TCT’s Roadway Strategy for Nova Scotia and get direction from Dr. Paul LaFleche and his staff regarding how to proceed with roadway links and signage.  Additional discussions with TIR Department staff will take place in the coming months.

Happy Holidays from everyone at NS Trails!

For general inquiries, call NS Trails at 902-425-5450 Ext 325.

Yvette d’Entremont, Communications & Office Assistant

Nova Scotia Trails

5516 Spring Garden Road, 4th Floor, Halifax, NS B3J 1G6

Phone:  (902) 425-5450, Ext. 325 / Email:


NS Trails is a charitable organization that supports trail development, maintenance and management in Nova Scotia.  We are also the agent for the Trans Canada Trail in Nova Scotia. For volunteer or donor opportunities please visit our website.  Don’t forget to join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!

Community Information Session – Cape Breton Trans Canada Trail

Engagement Officer, Jessica Farrell, hosted a Community Information Session, Wednesday December 3rd in the court room in Baddeck to discuss Trans Canada Trail in our area. She  discussed the current Phase 1 TCT project in Cape Breton which includes a blueway water route around the Bras d’Or Lake, and the ‘next steps’ involved in becoming a community access point as part of the route.Community members interested in learning more about this project attended.

When you go out on the Trail don’t forget to take the Trans Canada Trail BioKit – A fun way to learn about the environment and explore Canada’s biodiversity. ‪#‎ourjourney‬ ‪#‎tctrail


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