28 May, 2024

Trans Canada Trail Unveils Ambitious Five-Year Plan

With an eye toward increased trail connection, sustainability and accessibility, Trans Canada Trail prepares for the next generation of trail users

Montreal – Trans Canada Trail is thrilled to announce the approval of its 2024-2029 strategic plan. Developed in collaboration with stakeholders from across the country, including staff, trail partners and community members, this visionary plan sets a bold course for the organization as it continues its work to advocate for, steward and champion Canada’s nationwide trail system. 

Trans Canada Trail’s new mission statement emphasizes the organization’s role as a trail sector leader, with a responsibility to steward the Trail in close cooperation with local trail groups: “Through collaboration and partnerships, we lead, develop and steward an accessible nationwide system of connected urban and rural trails.” 

“This plan is an ambitious one, but I’m confident that our strong foundation, in-house expertise and relationships across the sector position us well to achieve our mission,” says Mathieu Roy, Chief Executive Officer at Trans Canada Trail. “I’m so proud to share a plan that responds to trail users’ diverse and evolving needs, and sets the bar for a unique and unparalleled trail system in Canada.” 

The strategic plan also details four areas of priority work: 

  • Connecting communities across Canada: Bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to connect with the natural beauty of the land and provide a platform for Indigenous reconciliation. 
  • Developing a lasting trail for future generations: Protecting and enhancing the quality and resilience of the national trail system to ensure it remains green and accessible. 
  • Fostering a thriving Canadian trail sector: Supporting trail organizations nationwide in their efforts to manage, preserve, and extend Canada’s trails. 
  • Facilitating great outdoor experiences: Partnering with organizations to animate and activate the Trail while educating the public on the benefits of trail use. 

The 2024-2029 strategic plan was approved in April 2024 by the Trans Canada Trail Board of Directors.  

“The entire team at Trans Canada Trail is dedicated to ensuring a sustainable organization, a strong trail sector and an exceptional Trans Canada Trail,” says Roy. “I’m grateful to the Board and to Meghan Reddick – who acted as Interim CEO during the approval process – for their commitment to developing this focused and ambitious plan.” 

The full plan is available at tctrail.ca/about. 



Justin Fauteux
Media and Public Relations Manager


About Trans Canada 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. 

Trans Canada Trail is the organization that advocates for, stewards and champions Canada’s nationwide trail system. It is a registered charity that receives funding from the Government of Canada (through Parks Canada), various provincial and municipal governments, and generous donors.