What does the Trail mean to you as a national symbol?
Canada is such a vast and beautiful country with very unique natural wonders. The Trail ties Canadian urban and rural landscapes together, like a ribbon, from coast to coast to coast. Currently travelling through nearly 17,000 kilometres of Canadian landscape and 1,000 communities, the Trail is a national treasure for all Canadians.
How does the Trail inspire you and your family?
Hiking and walking are a big part of our lives. We love being surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature and embracing all that it has to offer. You can smell it, feel it beneath your feet and if you show up in berry season, you can taste it; like when we were hiking in Newfoundland and snacked on fresh bakeapples straight from the bush. In the Rockies, you can pick raspberries that taste better than anything you can buy. And in good years, the saskatoon berries hang like grapes ready to be plucked and made into a pie.
Why is the Trail important for future generations?
These days, children and teens are so busy with technology and are not as keen to explore. The Trail gives them an easy way to get out there and discover our landscape and heritage in a healthy way. Trail building also fosters important societal values, like volunteerism, collaboration and respect for our environment.
How does the Trail benefit Canadians?
Physically, our lives are easier than they have ever been, but sitting in a cubicle all day or not exercising enough is hard on your body. Hiking or walking brings about a fatigue that feels good when you fall into bed.
Our family has enjoyed many happy moments outdoors being surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. We feel fortunate to have been able to experience Canada’s many natural wonders and unique attractions, and hope Canadians will get out on the Trail and enjoy our country as much as we do.