Guidelines for Planning and Designing All Persons Trails

What is an All Persons Trail?

All Persons Trails welcome everyone by providing an inclusive outdoor experience for everyone. By going beyond common accessibility standards, visitors with a wide range of needs can access All Persons Trails for a variety of trail experiences. Although these experiences may vary from trail to trail, they often include a firm trail surface, accessible infrastructure, navigational tools, experiential features such as tactile elements or a sensory garden, and much more!

Let’s build trails for everyone !

The following guidelines are intended to provide ideas for your trail. For accessibility standards and requirements, please be sure to refer to those that apply to your specific trail. Read full disclaimer here. 

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These guidelines are being made available to our Trail partners and the trail sector in general to help trail operators improve trail accessibility, and to consider, plan and develop All Persons Trails. The guide does not include accessibility requirements, standards or engineering specifications. All illustrations and photos are included for example purposes only and should not be used as an issued directive for the development of accessible trails. Trail operators, planners and designers are responsible for ensuring their trails and trail infrastructure meet applicable standards and are approved, designed, constructed and managed by properly qualified experts. Trail operators should regularly review their trail’s condition to ensure it continues to meet applicable standards. Trans Canada Trail (TCT), its contractors and other contributors assume no liability for this content or its application.



A special thank you to the following individuals and organizations who contributed to Trans Canada Trail’s All Persons Trail Guidelines, and who inspire us every day to make the Trail more inclusive for everyone.