Markers and sights remind travelers of the historic significance of The Great Trail from Fort Saskatchewan to the Athabasca Landing, and this inspired Gibson Energy, a Canadian-based service provider to the oil and gas industry, to lend its financial support.
The Great Trail is over 24,000 kilometres long and includes paved pathways, old railways, a few rivers, sections on a Great Lake and an ocean, rural roads and rustic routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Arctic oceans.
On August 26th, 2017, communities all around the country gathered to celebrate the final connection of The Great Trail. After 25 years, the Trans Canada Trail was connected - spanning our entire nation.
The dual approach of serving local communities and at the same time connecting them in a nation-building endeavour is at the heart of The Great Trail initiative – it was also a key motivation behind Sobey’s growth from a small meat delivery business in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, to more than 1,500 stores across the country.
“Having the opportunity to experience The Great Trail can make a big difference in someone’s life,” says Hugh Scott, who enjoys sharing recollections from an engagement with the Trail that spans over two decades and many geographic regions.