Federal government invests $30 million into Canada's Great Trail

Sep 4 2018, 2:09 pm

Future generations will be able to experience one of Canada’s greatest natural attractions for years to come thanks to an hefty investment from the Canadian government.

On Tuesday morning, the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister responsible for Parks Canada Catherine McKenna announced the federal government is investing $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 25 years ago, when a small group of visionaries had a dream to connect Canada and its people with a multi-use recreational trail.

Stretching almost 24,400 km and linking 15,000 communities, including every provincial and territorial capital, it’s the longest trail system in the world and it’s here in our backyard.

Now that the expansive trail network is connected, the Canadian government is investing $30 million through Budget 2017 to support the improved safety, accessibility, and sustainability of the trail system as well as enrich the visitor experience along its route for all types of users.

“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,” said McKenna.

“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.”

To celebrate the first anniversary of the unification of the trail network, Canadians are encouraged to participate in The Great Trail Treasure Hunt. The contest began on August 26 and ends on October 31, 2018.

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