The TCT’s “Top 10” milestones 2013-14

The Trans Canada Trail and its partners, champions and supporters are working hard to achieve connection from coast to coast to coast by 2017. Some of the TCT’s highlights this year include the following “top 10” Trail openings, receptions, funding announcements and other special events, all milestones along the way to building a truly national Trail. 

 

APRIL 23, 2013

TCT Reception, Ontario

Valerie Pringle, co-chair of the TCT Foundation, held a lovely reception at her home in Toronto uniting many of the TCT’s core supporters. 

From L to R: Paul LaBarge (chair, TCT); Valerie Pringle (co-chair, TCT Foundation); Sandi Treliving; Mrs. Laureen Harper (TCT honorary campaign chair); Jim Treliving; Donette Chin-Loy; Raymond Chang. 

From L to R: Paul LaBarge (chair, TCT); Valerie Pringle (co-chair, TCT Foundation); Sandi Treliving; Mrs. Laureen Harper (TCT honorary campaign chair); Jim Treliving; Donette Chin-Loy; Raymond Chang. 


SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

Official opening of a 40-km section of the Border to Beaches Trail, Manitoba

More than 100 people – including TCT’s Honorary Campaign Chair, Mrs. Laureen Harper – gathered to officially open the Trail segment connecting Old Pinawa Dam to Whiteshell Provincial Park, Manitoba. Spanning 370 kilometres, the high-quality Border to Beaches Trail links the Ontario border with Grand Beach Provincial Park. 

From L to R: Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT); Ruth Kristjanson (vice-president corporate relations, Manitoba Hydro); Laureen Harper (Honorary Campaign Chair); Ian Hughes (president, Trails Manitoba); The Hon. Shelly Glover (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages). 

From L to R: Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT); Ruth Kristjanson (vice-president corporate relations, Manitoba Hydro); Laureen Harper (Honorary Campaign Chair); Ian Hughes (president, Trails Manitoba); The Hon. Shelly Glover (Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages). 


OCTOBER 17, 2013

Sod-turning ceremony for Meewasin Valley Trail, Saskatchewan

Trans Canada Trail and PotashCorp “turned the sod” of an expansion to the Meewasin Valley Trail, named one of the “Top 10 Greatest Hikes In Canada” by Reader’s Digest. Saskatoon’s Meewasin Valley project has been an outstanding success in cultural and natural conservation for more than 30 years and is an important natural resource of the South Saskatchewan River Valley. 

From L to R: Donald Atchison (Mayor, Saskatoon); Lee Knafelc (VP of human resources, PotashCorp); Lloyd Isaak (CEO, Meewasin Valley Authority); Darlene Bessey and Ken Pontikes (campaign cochairs); Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT); Jack Vicq (chair, Meewasin Valley Authority). 

From L to R: Donald Atchison (Mayor, Saskatoon); Lee Knafelc (VP of human resources, PotashCorp); Lloyd Isaak (CEO, Meewasin Valley Authority); Darlene Bessey and Ken Pontikes (campaign cochairs); Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT); Jack Vicq (chair, Meewasin Valley Authority). 


APRIL 24, 2014

TCT Reception, Ontario

TCT Foundation director, Pierre Lassonde, and his wife Janelle welcomed former astronaut Julie Payette, now a TCT National Champion, Mrs. Laureen Harper and 50 honoured guests to an intimate event at their Toronto home. The highlight of the evening was a charming speech by the Lassondes’ daughter, Laurelle. Having asked her friends and family for donations to the TCT in lieu of gifts for her eighth birthday last year, she is proof that every Canadian can contribute to building our national Trail, no matter their age. 

From L to R: Janelle Lassonde; Laurelle Lassonde; Mrs. Laureen Harper (Honorary Campaign Chair); Pierre Lassonde. 

From L to R: Janelle Lassonde; Laurelle Lassonde; Mrs. Laureen Harper (Honorary Campaign Chair); Pierre Lassonde. 

TCT National Champion Julie Payette shares a moment with young Janelle. PHOTO: LAURA BERMAN 

TCT National Champion Julie Payette shares a moment with young Janelle. PHOTO: LAURA BERMAN 

JUNE 9, 2013

Official opening of the Du Gouffre Trail, Quebec 

The Du Gouffre Trail traverses the world-renowned agricultural and forested lands of the Charlevoix region, and allows for walking, hiking, cycling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Connecting downtown Baie-Saint-Paul to the Trans Canada Trail, this Trail section is an important link between the southern part of Quebec and the Petit Témis Trail, which heads east into New Brunswick. 


OCTOBER 7, 2013

Official opening of Fundy Trail, New Brunswick

Trans Canada Trail, Parks Canada and Sentier NB Trail proudly announced the official opening of the 33-kilometre Fundy Trail. It passes through Fundy National Park, part of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve and one of Canada’s most prized landscapes. 

From L to R: Geri Syroteuk (acting superintendent, Fundy National Park); Kirstin Shortt (Mayor, Alma); Wayne Steeves (MLA, Albert); Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT); and Poul Jorgensen (executive director, Sentier NB Trails). Photo: Isabelle Spencer, Parks Canada 

From L to R: Geri Syroteuk (acting superintendent, Fundy National Park); Kirstin Shortt (Mayor, Alma); Wayne Steeves (MLA, Albert); Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT); and Poul Jorgensen (executive director, Sentier NB Trails). Photo: Isabelle Spencer, Parks Canada 


JANUARY 10, 2014

Federal funding announcement, Kinsol Trestle, B.C.

At this spectacular setting of the TCT on Vancouver Island, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced funding to help bridge many remaining Trail gaps and connect Canadians from coast to coast to coast by 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday. The matching funds of up to $25-million over four years will be administered by Parks Canada; the agreement will provide one federal dollar for every two dollars raised by the TCT. 

From L to R: Paul LaBarge (chair, TCT); Mrs. Laureen Harper (Honorary Campaign Chair); The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT); Hartley Richardson and Valerie Pringle (co-chairs, TCT Foundation). 

From L to R: Paul LaBarge (chair, TCT); Mrs. Laureen Harper (Honorary Campaign Chair); The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada; Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT); Hartley Richardson and Valerie Pringle (co-chairs, TCT Foundation). 


JUNE 15, 2013

Official opening of the Lacombe County Trail, Alberta

On this eight-kilometre section of the Trans Canada Trail, hikers and cyclists can enjoy a fully paved path through the rural countryside, connecting the towns of Lacombe and Black- falds. The Trail also features “interpretive signage” created by Grade 5 students who researched the local flora and fauna. 

From L to R: Carol Simpson (Coun- cillor, Town of Blackfalds); Melody Stol (Mayor, Blackfalds); Betty Anne Graves (TCT board member); Dana Kreil (Councillor, Lacombe County); Paula Law (Deputy Reeve, Lacombe County); Linda Strong-Watson (executive director, Alberta TrailNet); Debbie Olsen (president, Central Alberta Regional Trails Society); Ken Wigmore (Reeve, Lacombe County); Rod Fox (MLA); Cliff Soper (Councillor, Lacombe County); Blaine Calkins (MP); Kelly Turkington (acting director of operations, Lacombe Research Centre); Reuben Konnick (Councillor, City of Lacombe). 

From L to R: Carol Simpson (Coun- cillor, Town of Blackfalds); Melody Stol (Mayor, Blackfalds); Betty Anne Graves (TCT board member); Dana Kreil (Councillor, Lacombe County); Paula Law (Deputy Reeve, Lacombe County); Linda Strong-Watson (executive director, Alberta TrailNet); Debbie Olsen (president, Central Alberta Regional Trails Society); Ken Wigmore (Reeve, Lacombe County); Rod Fox (MLA); Cliff Soper (Councillor, Lacombe County); Blaine Calkins (MP); Kelly Turkington (acting director of operations, Lacombe Research Centre); Reuben Konnick (Councillor, City of Lacombe). 


OCTOBER 8, 2013

Announcement of funding to complete the Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island

On the Trail in Vernon River, TCT president & CEO Deborah Apps announced $1.4-million
in funding to finish connecting the Trail in PEI. This funding will bridge the last remaining gap of the Confederation Trail, between Stratford and Iona, making PEI the second province to fully connect its Trail, after Newfoundland and Labrador. 

From L to R: Charlie McGeoghegan (MLA, Belfast-Murray Harbour), Robert Vessey (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal), Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT), Alan McIsaac (Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development), Robert Henderson (Ministry of Tourism and Culture), Bryson Guptill (president, Island Trails), David Dunphy (Mayor, Stratford, PEI). 

From L to R: Charlie McGeoghegan (MLA, Belfast-Murray Harbour), Robert Vessey (Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal), Deborah Apps (president & CEO, TCT), Alan McIsaac (Ministry of Education and Early Childhood Development), Robert Henderson (Ministry of Tourism and Culture), Bryson Guptill (president, Island Trails), David Dunphy (Mayor, Stratford, PEI). 


APRIL 9, 2014

TCT presentation at We Day, Ottawa, Ontario

After finishing his six-year trek on the TCT from Newfoundland to British Columbia in December, intrepid hiker Dana Meise happily waded, boots and all, into the Pacific Ocean. In April, he spoke to 16,000 young people at Canada’s national “We Day” celebrations in Ottawa.