Facts about the Trail
What is the Trans Canada Trail?
Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, the Trans Canada Trail is one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails, comprised of land and water routes across urban, rural and wilderness landscapes. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 communities.
The Trans Canada Trail is made up of nearly 500 individual trails, each with unique and varied features. This contributes to the diversity and grandeur of Canada’s national Trail. For day trips or multi-day adventures, the Trail offers countless opportunities to explore and discover.
How much of the Trail has been connected?
To date, just over 20,000 kilometres of the Trail are operational which is 86 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.
How can I find the Trail in my area?
Explore the Trail: Use our interactive map to highlight specific activities or points of interest, mark points or sections of the Trail you have visited and upload your own photos and stories. You’ll also find printable maps and downloadable GPS coordinates for all operational trail sections.
You can download a map for a specific Trail section, or maps for an entire province or territory.
Guidebooks and maps: Trans Canada Trail has seven official Trans Canada Trail guidebooks: Nova Scotia, P.E.I., New Brunswick, Quebec, Manitoba, British Columbia and the Northwest Territories. We also offer three stand-alone maps, particularly helpful for planning longer trips on the Trail in Atlantic Canada, Quebec and Ontario.
Visit the websites of our provincial and territorial partners. They offer a wealth of information about the Trail in every province and territory.
How does the Trail benefit Canada and Canadians?
- National Legacy: creating a sustainable gift to future generations.
- Health: inspiring active living and transportation.
- Environment: preserving green space and promoting conservation.
- Education: deepening awareness of Canada's history, culture and natural heritage.
- Economic Development: stimulating tourism and creating jobs.
Who owns, builds and maintains the Trail?
The Trans Canada Trail is a community-based project. Trail sections are owned, operated and maintained by local organizations, provincial authorities, national agencies and municipalities across Canada. The Trans Canada Trail does not own or operate any trail.
The Trans Canada Trail is represented by provincial and territorial organizations that are responsible for championing the cause of the Trail in their region. These provincial and territorial partners together with local trail-building organizations are an integral part of the Trans Canada Trail and are the "driving force" behind its development..
Who funds the Trail?
The Trans Canada Trail is truly a gift from Canadians to Canadians, and the Trail has the support of Canadians from all regions and walks of life. The Trail is also supported by corporations, foundations and all levels of government. Over the years, the Government of Canada has provided more than $35 million in funding to the Trail, including $15 million from the Department of Canadian Heritage for Trail construction, and $10 million from Parks Canada in October 2010.
The Government of Canada is also currently matching 50 cents of every dollar donated to the TCT in support of completing the Trail and connecting Canadians coast to coast to coast by the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017.
Donate now and help us connect the Trail in time for Canada’s 150th birthday!
When will the Trail be fully connected?
Our goal is to connect the Trail as a continuous route from coast to coast to coast by 2017, the 25th anniversary of the Trail and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With just over 3,300 kilometres of Trail to go—many in unpopulated areas with difficult terrain—this is a bold and ambitious goal. With the dedication and support of all Canadians, we can collectively make it happen. Join us today.