About the
Trans Canada Trail

About the Trail

The Trans Canada Trail is a 28,000-kilometre trail system that crosses every province and territory, connects 15,000 communities, and reaches all three of Canada’s coastlines. It is the longest multi-use trail in the world and it is always growing. Each section of the Trans Canada Trail is managed locally and supports different activities and community needs.

Our role

Trans Canada Trail is the organization that advocates for, stewards and champions Canada’s nationwide trail system, providing leadership and guidance, funding and resources, outreach and engagement.

Our vision

We envision a future in which everyone embraces the outdoors, connects with one another and experiences the restorative power of nature along Canada’s trails.

Our mission

Through collaboration and partnerships, we lead, develop and steward an accessible nationwide system of connected urban and rural trails.

Strategic priorities

To achieve our mission, we’re engaging in work across four priority categories:

  1. Connecting communities across Canada: We bring people of diverse backgrounds together to connect with the natural beauty of the land, and to provide a platform for Indigenous reconciliation.
  2. Developing a lasting trail for future generations: We protect and enhance the quality and resilience of the Trans Canada Trail so that it becomes increasingly green and accessible.
  3. Fostering a thriving Canadian trail sector: We support trail organizations nationwide in their efforts to secure resources and people to manage, preserve and extend the Trans Canada Trail.
  4. Facilitating great outdoor experiences: We work with partners to animate and activate the Trans Canada Trail while educating all on the benefits of trail use.

Governance and funding

Trans Canada Trail is a registered charity that is governed by a board of directors. We receive funding from the Government of Canada (through Parks Canada), various provincial and municipal governments, and generous donors.

Our 2024-2029 strategic plan was approved by the Board of Directors in April 2024.

Download the strategic plan