23 November, 2023

A Look at Some Incredible Spring 2023 Trail Care Events

Garbage pickup from Wakamow Valley Trail, Trail Care Event volunteers

This past spring, we were thrilled to award Trail Care Grants to 192 trail organizations and volunteer groups, across every province and territory. Trail groups cleaned up their local Trail sections, installed new infrastructure, held community events, increased accessibility and much more. Here’s a glimpse at some of these incredible events!

Cleaning up and enhancing the Trail

Volunteers tree planting along the Bow River at the Town of Cochrance, Alberta Trail Care Event

Town of Cochrance, Alberta

In May and June, volunteers and event organizers showed their dedication to the Trail from coast to coast to coast. Volunteers from the Klondike Snowmobile Club cleaned up the Trail near Whitehorse, Yukon, and in the Town of Cochrane, Alberta, a tree-planting event was held along the Trail for the 25th year in a row! Meanwhile, in Quebec, volunteers and Trail patrollers joined together (along with Trans Canada Trail staff and members of the community) to clean up a section of the Parc linéaire le P’tit Train du Nord near Prévost. Along the Wakamow Valley Trail in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a trail clean-up was held, and waste bins were installed in high-traffic areas. 

Creating connections by caring for the planet together

Digby Railbed Trail, Nova Scotia

On the Crow Wing Trail in Manitoba, organizers from the Crow Wing Trail Association and members of the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation organized a Mother Earth Care Gathering that included botany lessons, mat making, truth-telling and music! Hundreds of kilometres away, along the Lang-Hastings Rail Trail in Ontario, longtime volunteers were celebrated and commended for their dedication to and support of the Trail over several years. In Yellowknife, members of a Community for Seniors group collected litter and cleaned up a 5-kilometre section of the Frame Lake Trail and installed a bench overlooking Frame Lake. And in the Town of Digby, students from the local high school built and installed benches, birdhouses and painted rocks along the Digby Railbed Trail.  

Increasing accessibility along the Trail

Two volunteers cleaning up debris at the Kimberley Trail Society Trail Care Event

Kimberley Trail Society, British Columbia

In the City of Kimberley, BC, a section of boardwalk was installed to improve accessibility on the Sneaking Cougar ( ha?a?¢u swa?) Trail, a new Trail section that removes a section of roadway.

Fun, awareness-raising and tasty treats

The city of Fredericton supporters cutting a ribbon at the trail

Fredericton, News Brunswick

Members of Exploits Trailnet in Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland, hosted a poutine festival, volunteer recognition event and group trail ride! In Fredericton, New Brunswick, the annual Parks and Trails Day was held to coincide with International Trails Day. The event included a park run, kids’ activities, barbecues, art and much more.

Many thanks to our generous sponsors, dedicated volunteers and event organizers

This year’s Trail Care was generously supported by sponsors Columbia Sportswear, Athletic Brewing Co. and Hydro One’s Energizing Life Community Fund. Thank you to all of the dedicated volunteers and trail groups from coast to coast to coast for taking the time to clean up, maintain and enhance the Trail and ensure that it’s safe for everyone. See you on the Trail!

Columbia, Athletic Brewing Co, and Hydro One logos