Trans Canada Trail Ontario (TCTO) is a provincial organization that represents the TCT in Ontario. TCTO is a non-profit organization mandated to complete connection of the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario by 2017. TCTO works with local partners – trail owner/operators – to plan and support development of trail across Ontario. TCTO operates largely on support provided by TCT, complimented by regionally and provincially awarded grants. The TCT is also supported by the many committed trail building and committee leading volunteers on-the-ground!
The Trans Canada Trail in Ontario
As of December 31, 2015, Ontario is 74.1% complete in terms of trail connection, from the Manitoba border to North Bay in the north, from Hamilton to Windsor to Ottawa in Southern Ontario. The continuous connection comprises operational land trails and roadways of 2,391.55 kms. and 1,484.94 kms. of water trails. There are approximately 150 local trail partners involved in Ontario. These partners are made up of provincial, national and local governments, non-profit trail groups, provincial and national parks, conservation authorities and are either the owner or operator of trails that form part of the Trans Canada Trail network. These active partners are in the processing of completing the trail to be part of the TCT network by July 1, 2017 resulting in a complete TCT connection across Ontario.
There are thirty-five trail gap projects (2016) that are needed to be completed over the next eighteen months amounting to 1,351.44 kms. Fourteen of these trail gap projects are in Southern Ontario and twenty one are in Northern Ontario. Presently all of them are actively being worked on by local trail partners.
To achieve connection TCTO has revised our trail routes, construction and capacity funding strategies to enable completion of the trail network by 2017. TCTO and TCT have negotiated numerous funding partnerships/grants to enable support to local trail groups to accomplish connection. TCTO has adapted from routes that appeared daunting, unattainable and unmaintainable to routes that recognize traditional trails and modes of transportation; such as the Lake Superior Water Trail by celebrating paddlers as trail users, embracing cycling, and are more feasible. TCTO continues to work towards the goal of complete connection by July 1st 2017 in time to celebrate Canada’s 150 anniversary as a nation and 25 years of building and connecting the longest trail in the world.
Check out the Trail Locator to find out where TCT is in Ontario.
Capital Funding For Trans Canada Trail
Capital funding is available for trail building projects that are recognized gaps in the Trans Canada Trail network.
Signage for Trans Canada Trail
If you require signage for your section of the Trans Canada Trail, please contact Heidi Tillmanns, Signage Manager, TCT for your request form.
Trail Building Resources
There are a number of trail building resources found in our Library section.
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