A joint message from Valerie Pringle and Hartley Richardson (TCT Foundation co-chairs), Paul LaBarge (TCT chair) and Deborah Apps (TCT president & CEO)
anada Day is the perfect day to take a moment to marvel at the scope and scale of the project we are working so hard to build. The Trans Canada Trail will be an awe-inspiring 24,000-kilometre recreational trail linking Canadians from coast to coast to coast.
We are all working together to achieve this national dream – one that is now 80 per cent realized, thanks to great strides made this year, as evident in the milestones we reached. For us, this year’s accomplishments in P.E.I., Saskatchewan and northern Ontario are shining examples of what the TCT is all about.
The four of us also work together, albeit from different cities across the country – Toronto, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Calgary – to get the TCT on the ground. We are separated by geography, but unified by our passion for connecting all Canadians at human speed.
We think there is no greater legacy than to be a trailblazer and help create a way for all Canadians, for generations to come, to get outdoors and explore their country. Why don’t you join us?
At the local, provincial/territorial and national levels, the TCT unites a long list of allies who are fervently committed to the creation of Canada’s Trail, including our generous donors, 13 provincial and territorial Trail partners, 477 local Trail groups, and legions of energetic volunteers, as well as all the municipalities and aboriginal communities along the route.
It’s exactly this kind of co-operation we will need in order to connect the TCT in time for Canada’s 150th birthday.
And, we know we will succeed because we can count on all our partners – indeed, on every Canadian – to work together to ensure that the TCT achieves the iconic status it deserves.
This Canada Day, we hope all of you took a moment to think ahead to 2017, and consider how your community could use the TCT as the natural stage for celebrating our 150th year as a nation. We will be there, celebrating along with you.
The Trail belongs to all of us – our gift to one another as Canadians. As a national treasure, it’s an intrinsic part of our heritage, now and forever.
Official opening of the TCT’s Chief Whitecap Waterway at the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Saskatchewan, on International Trails Day, 2015. Among the dozens of enthusiastic Trail supporters are Valerie Pringle, Deborah Apps and two TCT National Champions – Chief Darcy Bear of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation and mayor Don Atchison of the City of Saskatoon.
We are delighted to have added more than 1,300 kilometres to the Trail over the last 12 months, reaching an overall connection of 80 per cent nationwide. We are proud of our partners and their achievements, including the following milestones:
P.E.I. 100 PER CENT CONNECTED In September 2014, many dedicated Trail builders and supporters, including then-Premier Robert Ghiz, Mrs. Laureen Harper and Chapter 150 member Mrs. Nancy Baron, trustee of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, celebrated the 100 per cent connection of the Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island’s section of the TCT.
SASKATCHEWAN 71 PER CENT CONNECTED
Saskatchewan more than doubled its connection level in a single year, thanks to the support of 35 municipalities and our Saskatchewan Vision 2017 Trail Committee. The new Trail sections include the province’s first blueway, or water route, cycling routes perfect for exploring “the land of living skies,” and signature trails such as the Meewasin Valley Trail from Saskatoon to the Wanuskewin Heritage Park, a First Nations heritage site.
PROGRESS IN NORTHERN ONTARIO
Thanks to a unique partnership between two Chapter 150 donors – the TD Bank Group and the Ontario Trillium Foundation – and strong local collaboration, the TCT will connect nearly 600 kilometres of land trail in northern Ontario – the North Bay to Sudbury Cycling Route and the Lake Huron North Channel Waterfront Cycling Trail – and enhance our existing Lake Superior Water Trail. TD is also funding TCT’s Grants for Aboriginal Trail Tourism, a unique program supporting aboriginal tourism initiatives in northern Ontario.
- Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, CC, CMM, COM, CD, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, CC
- Honourable J. Judd Buchanan, PC, OC
- Honourable Jean Charest, PC
- Mel Cooper, CM, OBC
- Phillip Crawley
- Honourable William G. Davis, PC, CC, QC
- Honourable Gary Doer, OM
- James K. Gray, OC
- James K. Irving, OC
- Murray B. Koffler, OC
- Honourable Frank McKenna, PC, OC
- Peggy McKercher, CM
- Michael Phelps, OC
- Honourable Jim Prentice, PC, QC
- John A. Rhind
- Beckie Scott
- Allan C. Shaw, CM
- Jonathan Wener, CM
- W. Galen Weston, OC, O.Ont.
- Victor L. Young, OC
Board of directors
The Trans Canada Trail is a non-profit registered charity. Its mission is to promote and assist in the development and use of the Trail in every province and territory. The TCT also provides funding to local Trail organizations to support the development of the Trail. To find out more about the TCT, visit our website, tctrail.ca.
- Paul C. LaBarge, JD, LLM (Chair)
- Jim Bishop
- Jasmine Brown
- Cameron Clark
- Mylène Forget (Secretary)
- Eric Gionet
- Betty Anne Graves
- Graham Green
- Ron Hicks
- Ken J. Killin
- Patricia Leeson
- Alan MacDonald
- Carolyn MacKay
- Ruth Marr
- Valerie Pringle, CM, LLD
- Neil Yeates
- Andrew Parsons (Treasurer)
THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL FOUNDATION
Incorporated as a non-profit corporation in October 2010, the Trans Canada Trail Foundation (TCTF) is responsible for raising funds to support the advancement of the Trans Canada Trail. Among its activities, the TCTF has undertaken an ambitious national campaign to raise the $75-million needed to help connect the Trail by 2017. To find out more about the TCT, visit our website, tctrail.ca.
- Valerie Pringle, CM, LLD (Co-chair)
- Hartley T. Richardson, OC, OM, LLD (Co-chair)
- David Aisenstat
- David Cottingham
- Anthony Graham, LLD
- David Hoffman
- Paul C. LaBarge, JD, LLM
- Pierre Lassonde, CM, OQ
- Bruce Simpson
- Wendy Southall
- Ken J. Killin (Treasurer)