The Great Trail

Connecting Canadians from Coast to Coast to Coast


 A National Initiative

In 1992, a group of individuals with a bold vision were determined to connect Canadians via a national trail network. Today, The Great Trail of Canada (formerly the Trans Canada Trail) is connected from coast to coast to coast, making it the world’s longest network of recreational, multi-use trails.

Trans Canada Trail is the non-profit organization responsible for the development of The Great Trail which is funded by donations from the public, corporations, foundations and all levels of government.


The Great Trail facts:

  • 24,000+ kms connecting Canadians from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans
  • 400+ individual trail sections
  • linking 15,000+ communities across Canada
  • 80% of Canadians are within 30 minutes of a section.

The Trail in the City

The City of North Vancouver’s section of The Great Trail, registered in 1999, begins at the Sea Bus 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 The Great Trail website to learn more and to see an interactive map of the Trail network.

The City’s involvement with the Trail includes:

  • partnering with the Squamish Nation in 2003 to build the Aboriginal Pavilion (link to the pavilion section below) in Waterfront Park
  • 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
  • maintenance and upkeep.

A committed core of volunteers at Trails BC champion the Trail’s cause in our community.


Aboriginal Pavilion

On Aboriginal Day in 2003, the Aboriginal Pavilion in Waterfront Park opened.

For the design and build of the pavilion, the City partnered with the Squamish Nation and artist Darren Yelton.  Darren’s 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 Great Trail’s presence on the North Shore.

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