We were honoured to partner with Whitecap Dakota First Nation, Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation and Wanuskewin Heritage Park to start work on an important new Indigenous trail tourism experience. The Many Nations Tourism Corridor will be an integral component of a new Indigenous tourism destination on the territory of Beardy’s and Okemasis’ Cree Nation and Fort Carleton Provincial Park.
The experience is set to include high-end camping, as well as a celebration of local Indigenous culture and history through live theatre, traditional meals and storytelling. We believe this project has the potential to set an example for Canada and the world, and look forward to our continued work with our partners.
In Melville, we provided funding for the construction of a new bridge linking the regional park and the city, allowing for a continuous greenway experience from the park to schools, residential areas and local businesses.
In St. Walburg, we supported efforts to extend the Northern Trails of Saskatchewan by connecting it with a new greenway built on a former CN railbed.
In Shaunavon, we supported the resurfacing of the Trail with asphalt to improve accessibility for wheelchairs and cyclists. Resurfacing work was also completed in Moose Jaw, where the addition of crusher dust helped to make the Trail more accessible and attractive to wheeled users.
In Katepwa, part of the Trail was repaved to improve safety and to make it more accessible to wheelchairs, strollers and bikes. We also supported the installation of five access points for paddlers to the Qu’Appelle River south of the Town of Lumsden.
Wayfinding signage was installed on numerous sections of the Trail in Saskatchewan, including the Wakamow Valley Trail, Town of Canora, Melville Trail, Town of Shaunavon, Village of Veregin, District of Katepwa and City of Yorkton, along with the Good Spirit Lake to Yorkton Connector, the Rural Municipalities of Cote and Sliding Hills Connector, and the Canora to Veregin Connector. Additional bilingual signage was also installed along the Meewasin Trail.
It was a colourful year in Manitoba with the addition of beautiful new amenities that celebrate the past and the future. With the help of TCT funding, Trails Manitoba and Pier Solutions, a refurbished wooden bridge was installed at Hanson’s Creek along the Centennial Trail. The bridge, once located in Winnipeg’s King’s Park, was repainted a bright shade of red and moved to its new home via helicopter!
We were excited to be part of BenchMARK, a project that invited designers from around the world to share their ideas for the design of two benches that are interesting, practical and worthy of discussion. One bench celebrates the use of The Great Trail in Winnipeg; the other highlights the value of the Trail for regional connectivity.
The newly installed benches are impressive additions to the Trail in the city.
There was also cause for celebration at Penniac Bay, where part of the South Whiteshell Trail was rerouted from the shoulder of Hwy 44 to a greenway. We were delighted to see this much-needed project come to fruition and are proud to have lent our support.
TCT funding was also provided for upgrades to various Trail sections, including the addition of gravel to part of the Blue Water South Trail to allow for maintenance and resurfacing in Spruce Woods Provincial Park with limestone. We also supported the installation of safety barriers and maze gates to mitigate ATV usage along the Red River North Trail.
New wayfinding signage with The Great Trail branding was installed along the Rossburn Subdivision Trail, the Headingley Grand Trunk Trail, the Crocus Trail and in the R.M. of Glenboro-South Cypress. Directional signage to a parking lot was also installed along the Blue Water South Trail near Lac du Bonnet. New interpretive panels were installed along the Neepawa Langford Trail and the South Whiteshell Trail. We also supported the renovation of interpretive signage along the Pinawa Trail, which highlight the diverse flora and fauna in the area.
We also granted funding to two studies in Manitoba: one in Winnipeg to provide a design for an improved, on-road cycling connection from Osborne Street to Raglan Avenue, and the other to determine the best way to build a new trail connecting the Rossburn Subdivision Trail to Riding Mountain Provincial Park.