Michael Paterson and Gail Asper, O.C., O.M.
Connecting the north and south shores of the Trans Canada Trail in Whiteshell Provincial Park
A generous gift from Michael Paterson and Gail Asper, O.C., O.M. funded a feasibility study to map the best route around the east end of Falcon Lake to connect the Trans Canada Trail in Whiteshell Provincial Park.
The trails on the north and south shores of Falcon Lake are the most popular trails in South Whiteshell, with high public use in all seasons. It has been a long-term goal of the South Whiteshell Trail Association to link the trails around the east end of Falcon Lake, connecting the Trans Canada Trail and linking several additional recreational sites, including a canoe portage and snowmobile trails.
The South Whiteshell Trail Association initiated the study to explore how to make this relatively remote section of the Trans Canada Trail more accessible to all users. They also sought a process to incorporate stakeholder feedback and approval, and conduct a First Nations archaeology assessment.
Although the project encountered delays in summer 2021 due to forest fires, it is now more than 50% complete. The South Whiteshell Trail Association anticipates that the study will be fully complete in summer 2022.
“Whiteshell Provincial Park is a very special place for our entire family, clearly showcasing the many benefits of spending time outdoors with loved ones. We are pleased to share our love of this place through this gift, and proud to help more people explore all our country has to offer on the Trans Canada Trail.”
– Michael Paterson and Gail Asper, O.C., O.M.