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Parks Canada

October 22, 2010 13:15 ET

Government of Canada Connecting Canadians With Nature and History by Contributing to the Trans Canada Trail

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 22, 2010) - The Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment and Minister responsible for Parks Canada, today took a major step forward in helping all Canadians reinforce their connection to nature and inspire them to explore and discover Canada, by providing a major investment to the Trans Canada Trail.

"Through its amazing system of recreational trails, the Trans Canada Trail connects Canadians from sea to sea to sea to their natural and cultural heritage," said Minister Prentice. "This nation building project will be cherished by generations of Canadians to come and will be a vital part of our country's consciousness. It is especially fitting to support this Canadian legacy as we celebrate 125 years of national parks in Canada."

Once finalized the Trans Canada Trail will be a 22,500 km recreational trail stretching from coast to coast to coast linking 1,000 communities and 34 million Canadians. It is designed to accommodate a variety of activities like hiking, cycling, horseback-riding and cross-country skiing. When completed, it will be the longest recreational trail in the world and will help Canadians enjoy closer connections to some of our country's most awe-inspiring places.

"With urban walkways, rural rail trails, wilderness pathways and historic water routes, the Trans Canada Trail offers countless opportunities to explore and discover," said Valerie Pringle, Chair of the Trans Canada Trail. "Millions of Canadians and international visitors are already using the Trail for day trips and multi-day adventures. The Trail inspires people to get active. Everyone can enjoy it at their own pace and in their own way."

Through Parks Canada, the Government will be providing $10 million towards the completion and promotion of the Trans Canada Trail. Just like the creation of Canada's first national park 125 years ago, the Trans Canada Trail is a legacy project whose ultimate goal is to get current and future of Canadians out into nature so they can experience Canada's rugged and diverse landscapes through meaningful and sustainable recreational activities.

"Through this investment, the Government of Canada is working to ensure that the Trans Canada Trail will be completed in time for the celebration of the 150th anniversary of Canada's Confederation in 2017," added Minister Prentice.

Trails help Canadians connect with their national parks, national historic sites and national marine conservation areas. The Trans Canada Trail currently intersects with two national parks (Banff, and Wood Buffalo) and is within close proximity to other national parks including, Georgian Bay Islands, Prince Edward Island, Terra Nova, Riding Mountain, Pukaskwa, Gulf Islands, Point Pelee and Fundy. In addition, many national historic sites are located along the Trans Canada Trail including the Dawson Historical Complex, in the Yukon, Lower Fort Garry in Manitoba and the Rideau Canal in Ontario.

For more information on the Trans Canada Trail please visit

For additional information on this announcement, please see the accompanying backgrounder at under Media Room.

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