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Trail Builders lay the foundation for connection by 2017

February 18th, 2013

    Trans Canada Trail partners and volunteers from across the country met in Ottawa in early February for a two-day planning session to galvanize plans for full Trail connection by 2017 – Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Just before heading into their intensive two-day session, TCT’s Trail-Building partners were joined by Mrs. Laureen Harper, [...]


CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW—with the Trans Canada Trail

February 8th, 2013

CBC/Radio-Canada has announced the cities and dates for its CANADA 150/2017 STARTS NOW conference series, on which the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is proud to collaborate. “We’re honoured to be part of CBC/Radio-Canada’s plan to organize a lively and enriching national conversation,” says Deborah Apps, President & CEO of TCT. “We look forward to participating [...]


TCT Chair and President receive the Diamond Jubilee Medal

October 31st, 2012

His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, presented the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal to TCT Chair Paul LaBarge and to TCT President & CEO Deborah Apps. The medals were presented at the exhibit From Far and Wide – Honouring Great Canadians, on Wednesday, October 31, 2012.  As one of the  original members [...]


Introducing the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trail

October 29th, 2012

    Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston were present as the Trans Canada Trail unveiled a plaque for the designation of a section of the Trans Canada Trail as The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trail. The event took place on Friday October 26 on the Capital [...]


Sad goodbye to the Honourable Peter Lougheed

September 20th, 2012

The Trans Canada Trail team was deeply saddened to learn of the death of former Alberta Premier, the Honourable E. Peter Lougheed. Premier Lougheed was unquestionably devoted to the TCT and served as a Patron of the organization for many years. We were very honoured to have him open the Canmore Pavilion on June 4, [...]


2017 Starts Now – at the Trans Canada Trail!

September 17th, 2012

On August 30, CBC/Radio-Canada announced its initiative to spark a national conversation about Canada’s upcoming 150th anniversary in 2017 – and that plan includes the Trans Canada Trail in an important role! In its media release, the national broadcaster announced that, in partnership with “other leading Canadian organizations” such as the Trans Canada Trail, CBC [...]


Trans Canada Trail volunteer receives Diamond Jubilee Medal!

July 17th, 2012

We are delighted to announce that Mr. Julian Tomlinson of the Northwest Territories received a Diamond Jubilee medal during Yellowknife’s Canada Day celebrations on July 1. Northwest Territories Premier Bob McLeod, Commissioner George L. Tuccaro, and a number of MLAs were on hand at the Yellowknife City Hall ceremony for the ten medal presentations. Trans [...]


Lights! Camera! Who? Mrs. Laureen Harper and Paul Brandt meet on the Trans Canada Trail in Alberta

July 11th, 2012

  The Trans Canada Trail enlisted trusted partner Shaw Media to produce two public-service announcements and a documentary earlier this year. On Monday July 9, Shaw producers and members of the TCTrail team headed to beautiful Glenbow Ranch, Alberta’s newest provincial park and a magnificent recent addition to the Trail. The First Lady of Canada, [...]


Parks Canada seeks public input on the development of Rouge Park, Canada’s first National Urban Park

June 27th, 2012

You’ve probably heard of  Toronto’s Rouge Park. It’s big. Real big! Currently spanning 47 square kilometres in the eastern sector of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), it is one of North America’s largest urban parks. So big in fact, it is well on its way to becoming Canada’s first National Urban Park. Within the boundaries [...]


Lights! Camera! Trail! New PSA debuts on the Shaw Network

June 20th, 2012

The first in a new series of public service announcements developed by Shaw Media for the Trans Canada Trail began airing across the country this week. The new PSA features Mrs. Laureen Harper, broadcast journalist Valerie Pringle and Dragon’s Den star Bruce Croxon. Catch the PSA on your local Global station and the Shaw Specialty Network [...]


The Trans Canada Trail celebrates connection on Prince Edward Island

The Trans Canada Trail and the Province of Prince Edward Island are thrilled to announce the full connection of the Province’s portion of the Trans Canada Trail, known as the Confederation Trail. Prince Edward Island is the second province to connect its section of the TCT.

Press release (pdf)

Honorary section of Trail at Rideau Hall and 24 Sussex

A new honorary section of Trans Canada Trail was officially unveiled on the grounds of Rideau Hall and 24 Sussex by Their Excellencies the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, and Mrs. Sharon Johnston, TCT Patrons, and Mrs. Laureen Harper, Honorary Chair of the TCT Chapter 150 Campaign. (May 24, 2013)

- Press release (pdf)


Path of the Paddle

Trans Canada Trail Ontario hosts Community Information Sessions to showcase the "Path of the Paddle" project: a Tourism Destination Product in northwestern Ontario (June 29, 2012)

- Press release (pdf)


Go the Greenway

Trans Canada Trail launches greenways campaign (June 21, 2012)

- Press release (pdf) or redirect to CNW Matthews

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Trans Canada Trail and Environment Canada-Biosphere launch BioKit (Oct. 13, 2011)

- Press release (pdf) or redirect to CNW Matthews

- BioKit (pdf)


Tribute to Dr. Camu

The Trans Canada Trail honours founder Dr. Pierre Camu (June 2, 2010)

- Redirect to CNW Matthews

- BioKit (pdf)


Tribute to Dr. Camu

The Trans Canada Trail honours founder Dr. Pierre Camu (June 2, 2010)

- Redirect to CNW Matthews

In the news

Published features

- The Globe and Mail special information feature (June 28, 2014): Our Canadian Journey

- The Globe and Mail special information feature (June 28, 2013): What does it take to build one of the world's longest and grandest trails? Your help (pdf)

- The Globe and Mail's National Philanthropy Day special (November 15, 2012) featured the Trans Canada Trail on pages 2 and 5. (pdf)

- MacLean’s (via the Canadian Press) mentions the Trans Canada Trail as a priority in its September 24, 2012 article, MPs say Ottawa needs to-do list for Canada’s 150th birthday.

- Canadian Geographic (July/August 2012) features the Path of the Paddle, a 900-km water route on the Trans Canada Trail, in Path of the Paddle: A wild new canoe link on the Trans Canada Trail (pdf), by Hap Wilson, or redirect to Canadian Geographic website.

- Ottawa Life (August 2012) features the Trans Canada Trail in Get Out There and Explore Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast (pdf)  or redirect to Ottawa Life website.

- The Globe and Mail special information feature (June 29, 2012): Countdown to 2017 (pdf)

- Via Rail's Destinations magazine features the Trans Canada Trail (June 2012): Once There Were Rails (pdf)

- YorkU Magazine's Summer 2012 edition features Pierre Lassonde, a Trans Canada Trail Foundation board member, in Heart of Gold (pdf)

- Journal de Montréal (May 5 2012): Le sentier Transcanadien, un parcours de découvertes (pdf, French only)

- Ottawa Life Magazine (May-June 2012): The Natural: Laureen Harper talks family, fitness and Canadian Pride (pdf)

- National Geographic: Journeys of a Lifetime (pdf) 

- Rails to Trails (Winter 2012): Canadian Spirit: The Trans Canada Trail (pdf)

- The Globe and Mail special information feature (July 1, 2011): Your Trail. Your Journey. (pdf)

- Parents Canada (June/July 2011) presents Happy Trails To You (pdf), a guide to exploring the Trans Canada Trail with children.

Radio Features

- Julie Brouard, TCT's former communications director, talks about the Trail's 20th anniversary and the plan for the next five years on Les samedis du monde on Radio-Canada (July 7, 2012): Redirects to Radio-Canada (French only)

- Deborah Apps, president and CEO of the Trail, and Barb Trainor of Island Trails talk about PEI's trails and their goals on the island (May 24, 2012): Redirects to CBC Radio 

Newsletter archives

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PSA Videos

September 2014 PSA, featuring Premier Ghiz, Julie Payette and Russ Girling

October 2013 PSA, featuring Laureen Harper, Paul Brandt and Governor General David Johnston

February 2013 PSA, featuring Laureen Harper, Paul Brandt and Governor General David Johnston


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