The Trans Canada Trail crosses boundaries and borders beyond the geographic; from urban settings to rural countryside to wild backcountry, Trail aficionados of all stripes can find a Trail that suits them best.
With thousands of kilometres of Trail segments that range from urban to rural to ruggedly wild, there’s something for everyone on the Trans Canada Trail.
Here’s a look at three different Trail types.
Grand Concourse Trail
Newfoundland and Labrador
Located in Newfoundland and Labrador, the Grand Concourse Trail is a magnet for hikers and cyclists. The Trans Canada Trail section spans seven kilometres, starting at the Railway Coastal Museum in St. John’s and winding west to Mount Pearl. The Trail runs along the river, through the green spaces and mature neighbourhoods of the Waterford River Valley. In its entirety, the Grand Concourse is a 160-kilometre network of walkways, many of which can be accessed through the TCT.
P’tit Train du Nord
Breathtaking doesn’t even begin to describe this portion of the Trail built on a former railway bed that cuts through the Laurentian region in Quebec and offers views of mountains, forests, rivers and lakes. Nature is just one attraction; chalets and mountain villages lend unique charm to the P’tit Train du Nord experience. The Trail’s gentle gradients and long stretches of paved surfaces make it suitable for a wide range of year-round and seasonal activities, including cycling, running, hiking, skiing and inline skating.
Sea to Sky Trail
The Trans Canada Trail section of the Sea to Sky Corridor in British Columbia connects Squamish to Whistler with over 80.5 kilometres of non-motorized, multi-use trail. The trail is optimized for mountain bikes, but also gives hikers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers the full wild, outdoor experience of the B.C. backcountry. The Sea to Sky Trail is also well known for its strong interpretive signage program that celebrates both the wilderness and the First Nations respect for the land.
|2017 STARTS NOW|
Trans Canada Trail presents 2017 dream at Canada 150 Conference Series
With Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in view, CBC/Radio-Canada, Community Foundations of Canada and VIA Rail Canada recently concluded the Canada 150/2017 Starts Now nationwide series of conferences, which encouraged Canadians to share their ideas on how we can celebrate this significant milestone together.
TCT was a proud Canada 150 collaborator and presenter
“2017 Starts Now is a great way to bring Canadians together to help spark the conversation leading up to Canada’s 150th anniversary,” says Bill Chambers, CBC/Radio-Canada’s vice-president of brand, communications and corporate affairs. “We are happy to have the Trans Canada Trail as one of our national collaborators for this conference series, offering their support and their vision to help bring people together for 2017.”
Trans Canada Trail participated in planning sessions across the country. President & CEO Deborah Apps also spoke at the Charlottetown conference, while former TCT board member and president of Trails Manitoba, Harold Westdal, spoke in Winnipeg.