vision behind the Trans Canada Trail is to build a trail
from Newfoundland to British Columbia, linking Canadian
communities, parks and wilderness areas. The idea to build
the trail came forward in 1992 during Canada's 125th anniversary
new symbol of Canadian unity will connect Canada's regions
and serve as a tremendous recreation and tourism resource.
The trail will link hundreds of communities, pass through
many parks and areas of spectacular natural scenery
and expose travellers to Canadas rich natural
and cultural heritage.
Trans Canada Trail will wind its way through every province
and territory linking hundreds of communities along
its route. It will be the longest trail in the world
a shared-use trail accommodating five potential
activities: walking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country
skiing and snowmobiling (where possible/desired).
southern BC portion of the route will be over 1600 kilometres
long and will wind its way from Victoria to the Alberta
border. Communities in northeastern BC are working to
establish a TCT connection through their region. The
southern trail will pass through some of BCs most
stunning landscapes: the Kootenays, the Okanagan, the
Fraser Valley and the lower mainland to Victoria. The
trail will follow a variety of corridors: abandoned
railway lines, resource development roads, park and
forest trails and some secondary roads.
Trans Canada Trail is an excellent example of governments
and community groups working together on projects that
provide recreational opportunities, while fostering
economic development for local communities. It is a
natural choice for a millennium project as it will leave
a lasting legacy for all British Columbians.
How it's Happening
BC was founded in 1994 to develop the British Columbia
portion of the trail. Like the national Trans Canada
Trail Foundation (http://www.tctrail.ca/),
Trails BC is a volunteer-directed non-profit organization
funded through donations and sponsorships.
support is essential to the Trans Canada Trail initiative.
Individuals, communities, schools, service clubs, corporations,
governments and countless other organizations have joined
together in this national partnership.
communities that will benefit from the trail are helping
bring it about, and regional councils along the BC portion
of the route are working to make sure key decisions
about the route are locally controlled.
from individuals and organizations are playing an important
part. Each $40 donation to the non-profit Trans Canada
Trail Foundation makes a metre of the trail happen and
nearly 20,000 British Columbians have already bought
will have their names imprinted in one of the trail
pavilions along its route. Those who support at least
ten metres of trail can also have a permanent message
inscribed on a special panel in one of the pavilions.
In BC, pavilions are already in place at Penticton,
Granville Island and Victoria. For more information
on how to contribute to the Trans Canada Trail, go to
the Trans Canada Trail Foundation website at http://www.tctrail.ca/.
British Columbia's Involvement
Columbia has emerged as a leader in working toward completion
of the trail, and thousands of British Columbians have
become involved in making it reality.
British Columbia government is a strong supporter of
the Trans Canada Trail project, and is working with
local community groups and Trails BC.
order to provide broad policy direction for managers
and users of the Trans Canada Trail in British Columbia,
guiding principles have been developed which are subject
to the legislation, regulations and policies of British
Columbia. The principles have been endorsed by the Province
of British Columbia, the Trails Society of British Columbia
and the Trans Canada Trail Foundation. You can access
the Guiding Principles at http://www.luco.gov.bc.ca/trancan/principles.htm.
portions of the trail in BC are already complete and
open for use. However, users should recognize that the
Trans Canada Trail is a work in progress and some sections
require upgrading. Trail users should also be aware
that resource development activities may occur adjacent
to, across, or on the trail.
purpose of this website is to provide some general,
touring information for cyclists. As work continues
on BCs Trans Canada Trail, more information will
be added to this site.