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    The World's Longest Trail Opens in 2017

    Posted by Emily Hare
    on Wednesday, September 07, 2016

     For nearly 25 years, there has been a movement in Canada to construct a multi-use trail that spans the entire country. That dream will become a reality in 2017, when the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) opens. Also known as "The Great Trail," the TCT will be roughly 15,000 miles (24,000 km) long, making it the longest recreational trail network in the world.

    When finished, the trail will cross 13 provinces and territories, running from Newfoundland in the east to British Columbia in the west, and reaching as far north as the Yukon. According to the TCT website, "The Great Trail offers a wide range of activities through a variety of landscapes – urban, rural and wilderness, along greenways, waterways and roadways. True to its name, The Great Trail embodies the vastness of our terrain and the diversity of our people."

    Volunteers help construct a segment of the Trans Canada Trail.
    Once completed, the trail may be enjoyed by walkers/hikers, cyclists, paddlers, horseback riders, cross-country skiers and – of course – snowmobilers. You can find a huge interactive map online to plan your next adventure on the TCT.

    Development of The Great Trail has been a community-based project, made possible through the efforts of advocates, donors and hundreds of volunteers. Trail sections are owned, operated and maintained by local organizations, provincial authorities, national agencies and municipalities across Canada. The Government of Canada is also matching 50 cents for every dollar donated to the TCT.

     The trail is about 90% completed right now, but the goal is to complete the route by 2017, Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Once the trail opens, the TCT plans to continue to enhance and improve the trail with the support of trail enthusiasts and partners across the country.

    According to a recent article on www.gearjunkie.com, "If you were to hike, bike, and paddle the route it would eclipse a thru-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail [PCT] by more than five times." The PCT stretches 2,700 miles from Mexico to Canada.

    The editors at American Snowmobiler can't wait to put track to this incredible trail. How about you?

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