Trails Manitoba Annual Report 2017 Annual Report 2 - Page 3

MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Time has flown by since our last AGM a year ago which was held at the Inn at the Forks. Since that time in keeping with the Canada 150 celebrations Manitoba celebrated the 100% “connectivity” of the Great Trail across Canada on August 26, 2018 In advance of the cross Canada celebrations Trail Groups from across Canada had convened in Ottawa at Trans Canada Trails’ trail conference. The forum was an excellent oppor- tunity to meet with other trail groups, and to share perspectives on the challenges faced by other trail builders across Canada. It was a wonderful learning experience which provided differing perspec- tives on the realities of trail construction in challenging Canadian geogra- phy too often with limited financial resources. As your Executive Director, I met with and/or rode many of the trails in the province. It was a very valuable “in the field experience” meeting with Manitoba trail builders and to more fully appreciate the hard work of our volunteers. It was a wonder- ful opportunity to explore diverse terrain including the Blue Highway in South Whiteshell built over challenging Canadian Shield, the trails extend- ing from Seven Sisters Dam to the Pinawa town site and riding with fellow bikers from Balsam Bay to Grand Beach along Lake Winnipeg. Much work is yet to be accomplished if the dream of the Great Trail to be realized as the “Longest and Grandest trail in the World.” In 2017 in keeping with this goal the Federal Government announced an additional round of $30 million would be made available for trail development across Canada. Over 300 applications were received by Trans Canada Trails from across Canada. A trail network consisting of over 24,000 kilometers is a daunting intergenerational challenge which requires sustainable long term funding for trail development and on-going maintenance. In order to receive funding for capital improvements Manitoba applicants were encouraged to submit applications by September 30, 2017. Steve Demmings Executive Director Annual Report -2017 Year in Review p.3