Trails Manitoba Annual Report 2017 Annual Report 2 | Page 4

The Great Trail Tour Travel Manitoba and Trails Manitoba invited media to explore three distinct sections of Manitoba’s Great Trail. The adventure began exploring the Crow Wing Trail, a historic trade route through Métis and French communities that linked the Fort Garry (current day Winnipeg) with St. Paul, Minnesota in the south. This journey through tall grass prairie and river valleys provided a glimpse into Canada’s iconic heartland. Then they shifted gears and headed east to Whiteshell Provincial Park, near the Ontario border, in the heart of rugged Canadian Shield country. Here, they hiked sections of the Border to Beaches trail, passing over ancient PreCambrian granite rock, past crystal clear waterways and through the pine-scented boreal forest. From the nat- ural beauty of Whiteshell Provincial Park they traveled to the sophisticated cityscape of Winnipeg, Manitoba’s capital city, where the Great Trail hugs the banks of the mighty Red River. Following the trail as it skirts around downtown neighbourhoods like the Exchange District, The Forks and French-speaking St. Boniface, past some of the province’s most iconic landmarks. O n August 22nd, the Crow Wing Trail was honered with The Great Trail tour… a media event organized by Destination Canada and Travel Manitoba to celebrate Canada’s 150th and the connection of the Trans Canada Trail across the country. Journalists from Australia and Germany experienced the Crow Wing Trail from St-Pierre-Jolys to Roseau Rapids. Annual Report -2017 Year in Review p.4