“When I ride the Trans Canada Trail up the west coast of Cape Breton Island, I see ancient grassy hills, rocky sandbars and cliffs that lift 18 metres from the bay. Sometimes I see eagles soaring overhead, pilot whales crashing on whitecaps or fishermen hauling in the day’s catch. On the same ride, I can zoom through a canopy of trees, stop for a rest at a pioneer cemetery or count the 26 bridges that take me over the system of rivers that riddle the Island. The trail reminds me why I love my province.”
– Janine Shannon, community member from Sydney, Nova Scotia
For over 20 years, the Trans Canada Trail has been working with volunteers to help reconnect Canadians with our unspoiled wilderness through a series of walking, hiking and biking paths. In 2013, TransCanada Corporation stepped up to support them in achieving their mission to connect the entire trail by 2017 – Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation.
Building the Trans Canada Trail is a collaborative effort. Almost 400 local trail groups from across Canada help to build the trail, which passes through over 1000 communities. To promote the project and encourage volunteerism, Trans Canada Trail developed commercials that call on Canadians to get involved.
The most recent public service announcement on all major Shaw Media channels features TransCanada’s President and CEO Russ Girling, who is a dedicated member of the Trans Canada Trail National Campaign Cabinet.
“We really appreciate Mr. Girling’s commitment to the Trans Canada Trail. He has lent us his expertise, acted as a centre of influence and worked hard to engage the over 5,000 employees at TransCanada in our partnership.”
– Michelle Gallucci, Campaign Director, Western Canada at Trans Canada Trail
“Having major industry players like TransCanada Corporation get behind our mission is vital to successfully connecting the trail by 2017,” says Michelle Gallucci, campaign director for Western Canada at Trans Canada Trail. “We can’t build the trail without a combination of volunteers and financial support, and TransCanada has taken a strong leadership role in both of those areas.”
Each section of trail is developed, owned and managed locally by trail groups, conservation authorities and governments. The completed Trans Canada Trail will stretch 24,000 kilometres (14,913 miles) and will link communities from the Atlantic, to the Pacific and the Arctic Ocean.
The trail provides an accessible, active-living destination for Canadians to enjoy as well as an opportunity to connect with our history and learn about the diversity of our land. The trail goes through many of Canada’s historic sites and showcases the beautiful landscapes Canada has to offer.
“The TransCanada Trail has two major types of trails, urban and destination,” says Gallucci. “Our urban trails are used by everyday Canadians and provide increased green space in urban centres. The destination trails are major tourist attractions, such as the High Rockies Trail, that help to boost our economy.”
For TransCanada, partnering with TransCanada Trail was a natural fit – and not just because of our names.
“Just as our company connected Canada through the construction of the Mainline in the 1950s, the completed trail will connect Canadians, from our vast oceans to our majestic mountains and everything in between.”
— Tony Palmer, senior vice-president, Stakeholder Relations, TransCanada
“The TransCanada Trail will be a multi-generational gift to all of us and is a fantastic way to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday,” says Palmer.
Visit the Trans Canada Trail website for more information about the trail.