Canada's Coast-To-Coast 24,000-km Bike Path: What You Need To Know But Were Too Lazy To Ask
The biggest network of trails in the world.
A while ago we wrote about a Canadian project calledand the article went viral across Canada.
But a few people were confused about this collection of recreational trails.
Some thought it was just a giant bike path, while others thought it was a long, winding, dirt trail.
But it's much more than that and it simply cannot be described in one sentence.
That's why we decided to bring you everything you need to know about The Great Canadian Trail.
What Is The Great Canadian Trail?
- This project started in 1992 as part of Canada’s 125th anniversary celebration.
- It is the world's single longest networks of multi-use recreational trails.
- It is a combination of trails, land, water-routes and wild landscapes.
- It is composed of 500 individual trails.
Where Is The Great Canadian Trail?
- No matter where you are, you are near the trail.
- 4 out of 5 Canadians lives within 30 minutes of the trail.
- The trail from the Atlantic to the Pacific and to the Arctic oceans.
- It crosses though every single province and territory.
When Will It Be Completed?
- the trail is not yet fully connected.
- The project is expected to be finished by 2017.
- It will have taken over 25 years to complete.
- There are still 3,300 out of 24,000 kilometers of trail left before the trail is fully connected.
- The only places left to connect are the parts of the trail located in un-populated areas and those with challenging terrains.
What Is The Purpose Of The Trail?
- It is meant to promote active living, conservation ,as well as alternate modes of transportation.
- To encourage Canadians to explore and discover their own backyard and learn about our country's history.
- To preserve green spaces.
- To serve as a tourist attraction.
What Is There To Do On The Trail?
- Walking and hiking.
- Horseback riding.
- Cross-country skiing.
What Are The Most Popular Parts Of The Trail?
- Sea to Sky Trail, British Columbia
- Salt Marsh Trail, Nova Scotia
- L’Estriade, Quebec
- Caledon Trailway, Ontario
- Banff Legacy Trail, Alberta
What Are The Most Scenic Routes On The Trail
- Waterfront Trail, Ontario
- Le P'tit Train du Nord, Quebec
- Confederation Trail, Prince Edward Island
- Fundy Trail Parkway, New Brunswick
- Pinawa Trail, Manitoba
- Millennium Trail, Yukon
- Edmonton River Valley Trail, Alberta