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2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games Legacy

The Pan Am and Parapan American Trails

Ontario is expanding its world-class trails system as a key legacy initiative of the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.

The Pan Am and Parapan Am Trails initiative (PPAT) will help complete 250 kilometres in gaps in Ontario's Trans Canada Trail and connect communities from Ottawa to Windsor and Fort Erie to Huntsville. The province has invested more than $3.5 million in the Pan Am and Parapan Am Trails initiative to help create a continuous trail of more than 2,000 kilometres. Since 2009, Ontario has invested more than $80 million in trails.

QUICK FACTS

  • The Pan Am and Parapan Am Trails (PPAT) are part of Ontario’s Promotion, Celebration and Legacy Strategy for the Games.
  • Completing these gaps will provide a continuous route along the Trans Canada Trail of over 2,000 km, from Windsor to Ottawa and from Fort Erie to Huntsville.
  • PPAT will also connect to four major Pan Am and Parapan Am Games venues – CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletes’ Village, CIBC Pan Am Park, CIBC Hamilton Soccer Stadium and Pan Am/Parapan Am Fields.
  • All consultations related to Pan Am and Parapan Am Trails will address accessibility requirements under the new Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.
  • Ontario will also work with First Nation and Métis communities and organizations to incorporate Aboriginal markers along the trails to honour the history and culture of Aboriginal communities in Ontario.
  • The province has approximately 2,500 trails and more than 80,000 kilometres of trail; the second-largest network in Canada.
  • As part of this initiative, Trans Canada Trail has been contracted to complete 250 km of trail gaps along the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Ontario.
Ontario Parks protects and manages approximately 2,200 kilometres of trails and boardwalks.

Thousands of kilometres of trails and roads are on provincial Crown land that are open for the public to use free of charge.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Ontario’s Pan Am and Parapan Am Trails

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Trails Announcement Pan/Parapan Am Games 

October 2013

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Ontario's expansion of its world-class trails system as a key legacy initiative of the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. This will help complete 250 kms of trail in southern Ontario. Press Release.


Path of the Paddle Announcement 

September 2013

A newly formed regional trail association in North Western Ontario is supporting one of the largest water-based trail sections of the Trans Canada Trail....Press Release here.


New General Manager for Trans Canada Trail Ontario

News Release | March 25th, 2013

Trans Canda Trail Ontario (TCTO), welcomes our new General manager, Melissa Pomeroy!  Click here for more information


Path of the Paddle Announcement 

September 2013

A newly formed regional trail association in North Western Ontario is supporting one of the largest water-based trail sections of the Trans Canada Trail....Press Release here.