by Tim Huebsch
The Great Trail has become fully linked, connecting the Pacific, Arctic and Atlantic Oceans and the land in between.
The trail, nearly 24,000 km worth of cycling, hiking and canoeing routes, became fully connected recently though further development is still ongoing in certain sections. The project, started as the Trans Canada Trail in 1992, has been 25 years in the making, in time for Canada 150.
As of September, 2016, the trail was between 85 and 90 per cent connected. The remaining trail systems were connected in the 12 proceeding months.
“I’m stoked, the Trans Canada Trail is now 100 per cent connected,” tweeted Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna.
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Cyclists shouldn’t expect to ride from one end of the country to the other entirely using the GreatTrail as some sections pass over water while others are extremely rugged or only hiker friendly. There are however many developed sections that could prove to be extremely useful for a cross country ride.
The Trans Canada Trail, in response to a Daily Hive story, tweeted out saying that “the article says that the trail is complete, it is not, it is connected. Work remains to be done but it’s time to [celebrate].”
The Great Trail, according to its website, is the longest recreational trail system in the world. You can explore it’s full length at thegreattrail.ca/explore-the-map/.