Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is thrilled to announce that Saskatchewan’s section of The Great Trail is now connected, province-wide, making it Canada’s fourth province or territory — after Newfoundland & Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Yukon — to reach this milestone. This achievement was marked at a public celebration in collaboration with Wakamow Valley Authority in Moose Jaw, in conjunction with the unveiling of the new Wakamow Valley Suspension Bridge, part of The Great Trail.
TCT partners, volunteers, donors, and government supporters were in attendance, including Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness (Regina–Wascana), and representatives from the Canadian Armed Forces involved in the construction of the Wakamow Valley Suspension bridge.
TCT is supported by financial contributions from donors in both the public and private sectors, who believe in TCT’s commitment to investing in vital infrastructure for safe, affordable outdoor activity, and fostering an appreciation for Canada’s spectacular natural heritage.
All gifts to TCT are matched by the Government of Canada, as part of a funding program to support TCT’s 2017 national connection goal. This program has the Federal Government contributing one dollar for every two raised, up to $25 million. This support allows for Trail development across the country, benefitting Canadians and strengthening communities.
Every Canadian province and territory is home to its own section of The Great Trail, which is owned and operated at the local level. The Saskatchewan Vision 2017 Committee is comprised of dedicated volunteers from across Saskatchewan with representation from provincial and municipal governments, Indigenous peoples and user groups. The Committee has been the driving force in connecting The Great Trail across the province.
Now connected, The Great Trail route in Saskatchewan spans nearly 1,700 kilometres from the Alberta to the Manitoba border. From prairie to pine, and waterway to greenway, Trail users can experience rural and urban municipalities, ferry crossings, and several of Saskatchewan’s provincial parks.
The Great Trail currently spans over 20,000 kilometres across the country and is 87% connected. TCT’s goal is to connect the entire network, nearly 24,000 kilometres, in 2017. , But connection is only the beginning:TCT will continue to encourage Canadians and visitors to discover, experience, and cherish the Trail by supporting improvements and by sustaining its integrity for future generations.