Building Healthy Children with the Trans Canada Trail Mix

January 11, 2007 | 3 comments

At a time when children need to learn all about the benefits of a good diet and a healthy lifestyle, our experts recommend the Trans Canada Trail Mix — a special blend of walking, hiking, skiing, running and canoeing.

Your donation can help kids get out and get active in the world’s largest outdoor gym — the Trans Canada Trail. As they take to the Trail, they can learn more about our beautiful country while getting fit. It’s so easy to get active. Did you know that 80% of Canadian families currently live within 30 minutes of an operational section of the Trans Canada Trail?

Here are some of the Youth-oriented programs currently in development:

1/ Grades 1-4: “TC Leaf”, a cartoon character, will star in a colouring book, an animated television series and a video game. As he travels along the Trans Canada Trail, “TC” will have adventures, meet friends and teach lessons about our history, heritage, and geography, plus the importance of an active lifestyle. A “TC Leaf” plush toy will also be available.

2/ Grades 4-9: Walk Across Canada will be a curriculum-based virtual tour of Canada developed by the Calgary Board of Education. This terrific educational tool will use the Internet and the Trans Canada Trail to teach lessons about history, geography, the environment, active living and our heritage.

3/ Grades 9-12: Since many high school programs require proof of community service for graduation, the Trans Canada Trail is a rewarding way for students to get the credit they need — and to help build vital communities — by trail building, maintenance or assisting local volunteer Trail organizations.


  • I started the Virtual walk in Feburary 2008 and am now approaching the BC/ Alberta border and the 4 million step mark. I have calculated 25. 5 million steps to complete 18,000 kilometers of trail and this will take. I average 16,000 steps per day and have completed the Mackenzie river trail section by kayak in 2001. Vashti Dunbar and I paddled from Ft. Providence to Inuvik for the Kidney foundation on a journey we called Paddlin for Parts and raised 13,000.00 dollars which we donated to the CKF in Aberta.
    Walking the actual trail would be faster as I would be spending more time walking, my plan is to just follow my daily walking routine and not attempt to do extra just to complete the trail. I walk everyday and may as well count the steps on the Virtual trail. Please visit our web-page and see what we are up to next. sincerly. Greg see you on the trail.

    Greg Loftus  |  November 26th, 2008 at 11:51 pm

  • Still walking the trail and have now passed Lacombe, Alberta bound for Edmonton and just over the 5.5 million step mark. Having a little trouble getting the site to come up today first problem in quite some time. Cheers Greg

    Greg Loftus  |  April 30th, 2009 at 6:48 pm

  • I am still moving eastward in my virtual walk and am approaching the 6.5 million step mark. I am presently heading east roughly half way between Smokey Lake Alberta and St. Pauls. Hoping to be in Saskatchewan by August. Cheers, Greg

    greg Loftus  |  July 16th, 2009 at 12:00 am

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