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Title: Completing the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario

Completing the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario
  • London Rotary Club, June 18, 2007
  • Presented by Patrick Connor CAE
  • Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council

Presentation Overview
  • The Dream
  • The Mandate
  • 0697001
  • The Brantford Jerseyville Trail Project
  • Relay 2000
  • TCTO
  • 2.4 Billion
  • The 4000km Standard
  • Fall 2009
  • What Rotary Can Do

The Dream
  • Continuing National Legacy for Canadians
  • Bill Pratt (OC) and Pierre Camu (OC) founding
  • TCT Foundation became official in 1994
  • Ontario routing defined as unique

The Mandate
  • The Trans Canada Trail is a non-profit,
    registered charity organization, whose primary
    purpose is to raise funds to build a recreational
    trail that will wind its way through every
    province and territory in Canada.

Put your name here
The Foundation began working with existing
provincial trail organizations in 1994, most of
whom to this day are the provincial facilitators
working towards completion of the Trans Canada
  • Caledon Trailway
  • Registered in 1997
  • First pavilion in Canada was completed here and
    they will celebrate the 10th anniversary June 24,

Bell Park Pathway Sudbury
Waterfront Trail Burlington
Barrie Arboretum
Brantford TCT Hub
Hamilton to Brantford
Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway
0697004 0697024 0697053
SC Johnson Trail
The Brantford Jerseyville Trail Project
  • Construction in 1996
  • TCTF dedicated 50 000.00
  • 1 of 3 Ontario projects in 1996
  • To date 2.3 Million has been spent in Ontario
  • 3.5 Million allocation waiting to be spent on
    TCT development leading to 2010.

Relay 2000
  • Largest trail marketing effort to date
  • Brought together ocean water from Arctic, Pacific
    and Atlantic by way of 5 core activities and
    thousands of participants
  • By the end of the Relay 7 of 10 Canadians had
    heard of the TCT 20 000 000
  • Biggest hurdle, people thought trail complete,
    and people think of as only trail in Ontario!

  • Incorporated in 1992, TCTO is committed to the
    goal of completing the main trunk of the TCT by
  • The main route of the TCT will serve as the spine
    of the Trillium Trail Network.

Seven Core Trail Activities Include Walking/hiki
ng Canoeing Cycling ATV'ing Horseback Riding
X-County Skiing Snowmobiling
  • 52 Gaps exist along the TCT route in Ontario
  • 1600km to be determined
  • Many km of suitable trail ready for registration
    and opening
  • Due to Ontarios vastness and topography likely
    800km will remain as Temporary Gaps leading to

West of City of Peterborough proposed TCT.
Stage 4 - Temporary Road Link This is not a
default measure nor road shoulder designation.
The TRL suggests there is not a feasible route
possibility between today and 2010 and efforts
will be turned towards those areas where routing
possibilities are available.
Continuum created to guide participants through a
planning and decision making framework
Continuum Stage 1
  • Identification or development of a trail group
  • While there are 52 gaps in the Trail there are
    also gaps in trail organization Regional
    Management Councils
  • Municipally aligned, volunteer based, some
    staffing elements 42 need to be operationalized
  • Min. Health Promotion RMC document best practice
    Stage 2

Stage 2 Route Selection
  • Southern Ontario predominantly urban/suburban
    local or regional municipalities and emerging
    RMCs decide
  • Central and Rural Ontario predominantly RMC
    driven with local or county participation (trail
    master plan dependant)
  • Northern Ontario crown assistance MNR
    partnership et al.

Stage 3 - Registration
  • Once route is selected (including road shoulder
    alignments as trail) 4 pieces of information are
  • 1. Owner authorization
  • 2. Operator identified
  • 3. TCT named as additionally insured under stated
  • 4. Mapping detail of the TCT route start to end.
  • TCTO will provide 50.00 per kilometre registered
    of TCT to not-for-profit trail org. as an

Stage 5 Construction Estimates
  • Working with trail groups and past trail
    builders, costing estimates are drafted to assess
    the feasibility of the corridor becoming a
    multi-use / shared-use path
  • TCTO economic impact study includes cost
    estimates for each gap area ( for a
    free copy)

Stage 6 Fundraising
  • 3.5 Million waiting to be spent prior to 2010
  • TCTO committed to seed funding TCT by 10 and
    bridges at 10 to a maximum of 100 000.00
  • A consolidated regional or provincial approach to
    funding requests for capital development has been
    successful most recently in British Columbia.

Stage 7 Construction and Inspection
  • As mandated, the TCTF has a responsibility to
    individual and other donors to financially assist
    in the completion of the TCT.
  • TCTO as the agent of the Foundation in Ontario
    will be collecting additional information, such
    as GPS, pictures, information that can be shared
    with donors and bring increased awareness to

Construction Goals
  • 2006-07 302km registered/built 2506 total
  • 2007-08 400km registered/built 2906 total
  • 2008-09 200km registered/built 3106 total
  • To 2010 154km registered/built 3260 total
  • The remaining 800km will be Temporary Road Link
  • Image the impact of a 4060km trail!

Stage 8 Operational Trail
Stage 8 does not imply completion, as
enhancements will provide for user needs.
2 400 000 000.00 annual impact
  • Speaks to a trail that is 3060km in length
    including road shoulders and single use track
  • Must be well signed, maintained, marketed
  • Must be connected into the communities it passes
    through tourism information and service
  • Requires cross sector collaboration and

The 4000km Standard
  • Impact study recognizes 10 trail types along the
    route of the TCT
  • The Ontario TCT standard of experience will be
    the product of the collaborative effort by
    Ontarians from Ottawa to Windsor and Niagara on
    the Lake to Kenora.

Fall 2009
  • TCT Foundation will be providing trail for the
    Olympic Torch Relay on the TCT in time for 2010
    winter Olympics
  • Requires as much drive to complete the trail with
    collaboration and partnerships as is possible
  • Provides incentive for corporate engagement
    towards community trail capital support

Growing together 1 metre at a time
  • TCTO wishes to thank the Ontario Trails Council
    for their support, and the London Rotary for the
    opportunity to animate this workshop.
  • TCTO also wishes to thank you, the participants,
    as we continue along the path to local completion
    and enhancement of your Trans Canada Trail.

  • Rotary has supported over 40 trail developments
    in Ontario to date.
  • These trails provide opportunity to families,
    communities and youth
  • The Rotary has supported volunteer organizations
    from coast to coast to coast
  • The 10,000s of volunteers would welcome your
    support, in Ontario and beyond!