MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE
I n its June 25, 2016 report by the Globe and Mail, it was reported that the
Trans Canada Trail had achieved 86% connectivity in Canada and 92.6% connection
in Manitoba. Since that time, much work has been completed on the trail with gaps
being closed, as reported this year by Marissa Zurba. Legions of Trail Association
volunteers throughout the Province, together with our provincial and federal
government partners, have worked to achieve this great milestone.
Completion of the Border to Beaches Trail marks the completion of the 385
kilometres of trail through some of the most diverse and geographically unique
landscapes in the province. Border to Beaches was seen as a very important pilot
initiative for the province and for the Trans Canada Trail. The lessons learned
resulting from this long term initiative contributed immeasurably to the completion
of trail development in other regions of the province.
As one of Manitoba’s most enthusiastic users of the Trans Canada Trail,
Premier Brian Pallister marked his own milestone when in late August 2016 the
Premier completed his own personal quest to traverse the trail from Saskatchewan
to the Ontario border with a celebratory dinner in Westhawk Lake with several
members of the Trails Manitoba Board of Directors attending. Premier Pallister
recently said “The Border to Beaches trail is an excellent opportunity to explore
some of the magnificent natural beauty that Manitoba has to offer, through boreal
forest to our incredible lakeside beaches.”
The Federal Government’s recent announcement of $30 million for five year
funding is another exciting opportunity to enhance and enrich the job creation
potential of the world’s longest trail network. In the coming months leading up to
the 150th birthday of Canada, events are being planned in cities and towns across
the country. Communities wishing to participate in the CAN 150 Celebrations on the
Great Trail program are encouraged to utilize Grant Application Guidelines to apply
for funding for your communities as we approach July 01. On June 11, our federal
partners will officially celebrate the launch of the Great Trail at Fort Whyte Alive.
Later this year we anticipate that “Great Trail” Pavilion signage will be
officially unveiled at the Forks Market along the Great Trail abutting the Red River.
Completion of Manitoba’s 1,555 kilometres of trail network through Prairie, Canadian
Shield, Boreal Forest and Beaches yields one of this country’s most exciting and
diverse landscapes for global visitors to enjoy and explore for generations to come.
Annual Report 2016-Trails Manitoba p.3