Government of Canada invests $30M to enhance and maintain The Great Trail
Ottawa – Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced an investment of $30 million over four years to enhance and maintain The Great Trail.
The Trans-Canada Trail, now called The Great Trail, is a national initiative that began in 1992 with the goal of developing a network of recreational trails that would stretch across Canada. Today, The Great Trail is connected, linking 15,000 communities, including every provincial and territorial capital, and spanning 24,400 kilometres of land and water routes through urban, rural and wilderness landscapes, from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans.
Now that the Great Trail network is connected, the Government of Canada is investing $30 million through Budget 2017 to support the improved safety, accessibility, and sustainability of The Great Trail, as well as enrich the visitor experience along its route for all types of users.
The Government of Canada would also like to congratulate Trans-Canada Trail and its Foundation and the many communities, provincial and territorial partners, and trail organizations who have come together to make the world’s longest network of recreational trails a reality.
“Our Government is proud to be among the many contributors to The Great Trail. The Great Trail provides opportunities for people from coast-to-coast-coast to discover and connect with nature. Today’s funding will ensure that Canadians can continue to experience the outdoors along the Great Trail in a safe, accessible and sustainable way for generations to come.” – Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada