National Guidelines

Responsible Trail Operations and Visitation during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve rapidly as do the orders, directives, and guidelines of Canada’s federal and provincial or territorial governments. These guidelines reflect the currently available scientific evidence and expert opinion as provided by public health officials in Canada and is subject to change as new information on transmissibility, epidemiology, and effectiveness of public health and risk mitigation measures becomes available. It is the responsibility of all trail operators to ensure they are in alignment and compliant with the most recent public health and local direction in their respective jurisdictions. The intent of Trans Canada Trail is to continue to update and revise these guidelines as new direction and information from public health officials becomes available.

Trans Canada Trail is here to support Canada’s trail operators. For additional support and resources, please contact Trans Canada Trail at This document will evolve in time.

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Tool kit: Key messages, letters, posters, signage and social media cards available


Visitor management guidelines

Trail amenity and infrastructure maintenance guidelines

Trail crew guidelines

Tool kit for trail operators


Tool kit: Key messages, letters, posters, signage and social media cards available

Letters and posters

Images are for reference only.  The following is provided as a sample communication for you to tailor to your trail and the steps you are taking to manage COVID-19. You can post this on your website, social media channels and/or directly email to your contacts. Please contact to obtain editable versions.



Images are for reference only. Please contact to obtain print ready artwork for the signs below or for additional support with signage development.

Social media cards

The following infographics can be distributed through the social media channels, websites and installed at trail heads. (click on image to open; right click on image; select “save image as”)