Trans Canada Trail

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Dennis Jarvis

The Trans Canada Trail, or The Great Trail, is the world's longest network of recreational trails that are available for walking/hiking, cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Construction began in 1992. The trail stretches through every province and territory of Canada connecting the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic oceans.
The Trans Canada Trail Organization reported that 24,000 km of the trail were completed as of 2017 and are usable, making the main cross-country trail complete. Some small portions of secondary routes have not been completed.
In practice, much of the trail is in rough condition and there are significant gaps. Significant portions of the "competed" sections are along roads and highways that may not be safe for walkers or cyclists, or along waterways without parallel land routes (especially the northern portions and parts along Lake Superior). The trail is routed along 8,500 km of roads and highways, 5,000 km of trails of various kinds, and 7,000 km of waterways including Lake Superior. Several people have hiked the trail from Atlantic to Pacific, and have had detour to parallel routes to do so.



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