Connecting Canadians from Coast to Coast to Coast
A National Initiative
In 1992, 125 years after Confederation, the Trans Canada Trail began its mission of connecting Canadians from coast to coast to coast. It's the same mission that drives Vision 2017, a focused initiative to complete the trail for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.
- Nearly 17,000 kms (more than 73 per cent of the proposed route) of the trail are complete.
- The trail is comprised of more than 400 individual trails.
- Once complete, it will stretch 23,000 kms and connect Canadians from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans.
- The trail will link more than 1,000 communities across Canada.
The Trans Canada Trail is funded by donations from the public, corporations, foundations and all levels of government.
The Trail in the City
The City of North Vancouver's section of the Trans Canada Trail was registered in 1999. It begins at the Sea Bus terminus at Lonsdale Quay and meanders along the waterfront before veering north through Mosquito Creek and William Griffin Park into the District of North Vancouver. Visit the Trans Canada Trail website to learn more, including an interactive map of the entire trail.
Our direct involvement with the trail, aside from maintenance and upkeep, has included:
- Partnering with the Squamish Nation in 2003 to build the Aboriginal Pavilion (link to the pavilion section below) in Waterfront Park, one of only three National Level Pavilions in Canada.
- Organizing and running Relay 2000 in the North Shore to carry water from the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans along the trail to Ottawa.
- Hosting the Trans Canada Trail AGM in 2008.
Our section is represented by a committed core of volunteers at Trails BC who serve as champions for the trail's cause in the community.
The Aboriginal Pavilion in Waterfront Park opened on Aboriginal Day in 2003 and is one of only three National Level Pavilions in Canada.
To design and build the pavilion, the City partnered with the Squamish Nation and artist Darren Yelton. His carving of a welcoming grandmother and grandfather invites friendship on the trail and promotes it as a place for everyone to enjoy. The pavilion also marks the Trans Canada Trail's presence on the North Shore.
A $50.00 donation to Trails BC secures a permanent name inscription of the donor's choice on the pavilion.