The Great Trail by Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) rebranded in 2017 at The Great Trail is a multi-use trail that that links all of Canada’s provinces and territories together. The main purpose of the Trans Canada Trail is to showcase this great country and the diversity of communities within it, and teach people about the environment and the history of Canada. Building the Trans Canada Trail is the responsibility of the communities and regions through which it passes. Explore the Great Trail across Canada using their online map: https://thegreattrail.ca/explore-the-map/
Trans Canada Trail in Northeastern Ontario
Discovery Routes Trails Organization is proud to be facilitating the development of the Trans Canada Trail across Northeastern Ontario from Magnetawan to Commanda, Callander to North Bay, Sturgeon Falls to Noelville and St. Charles to Hagar. That’s over 340km of the Great Trail!! Working together with partners across the region including municipalities, local trail advocacy groups and volunteers, and the provincial representatives for the Trans Canada Trail, and the Trans Canada Trail Foundation since 1992, the Trans Canada Trail is now fully connected!
The Old Nipissing Road from Magnetawan to Commanda was one of the first segments of the Trans Canada Trail to be registered in the Province. A trail pavilion recognizing donors is located in the Village of Magnetawan. Detailed information for trail users can be found on our Old Nipissing Road information page.
Trail plans through Nipissing Township are moving forward. An effort to re-establish recreational access to the JP Webster Nature Preserve is underway that has lead to the alignment of the Trans Canada Trail through the Preserve.
Discovery Routes developed a 9.8 km section of the Trans Canada Trail in the southwest corner of the Municipality of Callander. The project was a major undertaking as it involved a variety of terrain in a remote, rural setting. it took more than 5 years to plan, develop and build the Trail. The project was made possible with the support of numerous community partners and volunteers as well as financial support from the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation and the Trans Canada Trail Foundation.
For detailed trail information on Callander’s Trail, visit our Trans Canada Trail Information Page.
The Kate Pace Way in North Bay also forms part of the Trans Canada Trail adding 12 km to the national system. A trail pavilion is located on North Bay’s waterfront. If you would like more information about the Kate Pace Way, please visit the trail’s information page. A Trans Canada Trail Route Planning Study was conducted in 2002 by FRi Ecological Resources that analyzed various route options for the multi-use through the City of North Bay and continuing west towards Sturgeon Falls.
On May 29, 2014, Valerie Pringle, co-Chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation was in North Bay to announce funding support from the Foundation to help local efforts to complete the Trail across Canada by 2017 to coincide with Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The funds will assist with the extension of the Trail from the North Bay Regional Health Centre to the Education Centre and connect the campus trail system, part of the ongoing development of the Trans Canada Trail through the City of North Bay.
“Trail building is a community effort and I am thrilled to be here today to announce TCT funding that supports the development of this next section of the Trail in North Bay,” said Valerie Pringle, co-chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation. “It is thanks to the hard work of our community partners such as the Discovery Routes Trails Organization, Canadore College, Nipissing University and the City of North Bay that our dream of building a national Trail connecting Canadians from coast to coast to coast by 2017 is becoming a reality.”
West Nipissing – Sudbury East
From the northwest end of Memorial Drive in North Bay through West Nipissing and spanning over 200km west to the Bethel Lake Trail in Sudbury, this section of the Trans Canada Trail passes through picturesque villages, active farms, Mashkinonje Provincial Park, and across the Sturgeon and Wahnapitae waterways. This route is being developed as the Véloroute Voyageur Cycling Route and will become part of the foundational provincial cycling network. Implementation of the route is underway as of August 2015. More details are on the Véloroute Voyageur Cycling Route page.
To see more pictures of the Trail through Northeastern Ontario, visit our flickr page.
To learn more about the Trans Canada Trail across the country visit their website at thegreattrail.ca.