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Gerry Donohue is a freelance writer and avid bicyclist based in Washington, D.C. He has also authored "On the Move: The Campaign for Active Transportation," which appeared in the Fall 2010 issue of Rails to Trails.


Canadian Spirit: The Trans Canada Trail
by Gerry Donohue

verything about the Trans Canada Trail is huge. At 16,500 kilometers (9,900 miles), it is already the world's longest trail. When completed in 2017, the corridor will stretch 22,500 kilometers (13,500 miles), from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean and from the United States border to the Arctic Ocean. More than 400 local trails compose the overall pathway, which links more than 1,000 communities.

In 1992, two iconic Canadians, Pierre Camu and Bill Pratt—who helped bring the 1988 Olympics to Calgary—conceived the idea for the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) as a way to bind together the world's second-largest nation. Their goal: Finish building the enormous trail within 25 years, so its completion would coincide with Canada's 150th anniversary in 2017.

Read the complete article by Gerry Donohue online:

 Canadian Spirit (PDF/515 KB)

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