Trans Canada Trail


The Trans Canada Trail, the world’s longest and grandest trail, is celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2012. What began in 1992 as a legacy project of Canada’s 125th Anniversary has grown into 16,500 kilometres of connected trail from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Arctic Oceans, linking nearly 1000 communities and all Canadians. This national treasure evolved through the dedication and commitment of over 100,000 volunteers; generous donations from individuals, corporations, and foundations; and the support of all levels of government. As the Trail is 6,000 kilometres away from being fully connected, the remaining sections of trail – 200 gaps across the country – traverse some of Canada’s most challenging terrain.

The Trail invites recreationists to walk, cycle, horseback ride and cross-country ski and explore the outdoors – in their own way, at their own pace. Canadians and international visitors are using the Trail to experience Canada’s legendary wilderness and learn about our rich geographic and diverse cultural heritage.

While an ambitious fundraising campaign has been launched to raise the 150 million dollars needed to connect the Trail, it is the Foundation’s goal to fully connect the Trail in time for another celebration – Canada’s 150th Anniversary in 2017.

Learn more about the Trans Canada Trail and how you can help to get the Trail connected by 2017.*

Our tour groups have been so fortunate to access the backbone and gem of the Trans Canada Trail in Southern BC, on the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail, since 1997 – what an inspiring privilege indeed.

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