2nd BOARD CHAIR
- In 1998, Sherman Olson was appointed as Chair of the Trans Canada Trail Board of Directors.
FEDERAL FUNDING OF $7.725 MILLION
- In 1998, Trans Canada Trail received $7.725 million in federal funding from the Millennium Bureau of Canada to manage a cross-country relay as part of Canada’s millennial celebrations in 2000.
- In 1998 and 2000, Canadian Pacific and Canadian National, respectively, donated a total of 2,100 km of former rail corridors in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Nova Scotia to Trans Canada Trail.
- Trans Canada Trail, in turn, began the lengthy process of gifting these lands to the appropriate municipalities and provincial governments.
BRIDGES FOR CANADA
- Canadian Military Engineers (CME) embarked on three-year program (2000-2003) to help communities construct/restore bridges along the Trail – Bridges for Canada.
- Not only did this benefit all Canadians, it also provided practical field training for military engineers, engineering students and cadets.
- Over 60 bridges were built, and the Bridges for Canada project made a monumental contribution to the advancement of the Trans Canada Trail.
MILLENNIAL WATER RELAY
- On September 9, 2000, three relay teams converged on Hull, Quebec, and poured water from the Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic Oceans into a vessel to mark the official inauguration of the Trans Canada Trail.
Trans Canada Trail’s story is one of dreamers and doers. Albertan Bill Pratt and Quebecker Pierre Camu envisioned a coast-to-coast-to-coast trail connecting Canadians to nature and to one another. On December 14, 1992, Trans Canada Trail was established as a registered charity.