Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION

Laureen Harper opens new section of Trans Canada Trail

  • Print
(L-R) President and CEO of the Trans Canada Trail, Deborah Apps, VP Corporate Relations for Manitoba Hydro, Ruth Kristjanson, Honourary Campaign Chair of the Trans Canada Trail, Laureen Harper, President of Trails Manitoba, Ian Hughes, and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover hike the new section of Border to Beaches trail in the Whiteshell Provincial Park Friday afternoon.

DAVID LIPNOWSKI / TRAILS MANITOBA Enlarge Image

(L-R) President and CEO of the Trans Canada Trail, Deborah Apps, VP Corporate Relations for Manitoba Hydro, Ruth Kristjanson, Honourary Campaign Chair of the Trans Canada Trail, Laureen Harper, President of Trails Manitoba, Ian Hughes, and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, Shelly Glover hike the new section of Border to Beaches trail in the Whiteshell Provincial Park Friday afternoon.

Another stretch of the Trans Canada Trail is ready for recreation in Manitoba.

Trails Manitoba, along with Laureen Harper, the honorary chair of the national trail project, officially opened a 40-kilometre section of community trails between Old Pinawa Dam Provincial Park and Whiteshell Provincial Park today.

Winding its way along rivers and lakes through the Canadian Shield, the trail passes near the Manitoba Hydro Dike and Seven Sisters Generating Station, the Ironwood Trail, the Pinawa Channel and the Pinawa Suspension Bridge.

The new trail is available for hiking, cycling and horseback riding before the snow flies. The trail is also expected to allow for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling during the winter.

The opening of the 40-km leg is another step for Trail Manitoba and its ‘Border to Beaches’ trail project. The trail is anticipated to be a 370-km high-quality path along the Winnipeg River that eventually connects the Manitoba-Ontario border to Grand Beach Provincial Park.

"The trail is now approximately one-third complete," said Ian Hughes, president of Trails Manitoba in a release. "All trails encourage exploration and this one provides unprecedented access to Manitoba’s beautiful wilderness as well as its parks, towns and natural wonders."

The Border to Beaches project has a $4.6-million price tag jointly funded by the federal and provincial governments, along with Trails Manitoba. Both Ottawa and the province are in for $1.45-million each, with the condition that Trails Manitoba comes up with the remaining $1.7 million.

The Trans Canada Trail group has also contributed $950,000 towards Border to Beaches.

Not only is the new section a milestone for the local trail heads, it also continues the down the path of the national vision. "This trail and the development of the Trans Canada Trail will connect us from coast to coast to coast," Harper said.

Trans Canada Trail officials have a goal of a fully connected national recreational path by the end of 2017. Currently, the Canadian trail is 72 per cent complete (92 per cent connected across Manitoba).

History

Updated on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 8:43 PM CDT: corrected photo credit

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Chief justices breakdown cameras in courtroom project

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • The sun peers through the fog to illuminate a tree covered in hoar frost near Headingley, Manitoba Thursday- Standup photo- February 02, 2012   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press. Local- WINTER FILE. Snowboarder at Stony Mountain Ski Hill. November 14, 2006.

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you agree with the province’s crackdown on flavoured tobacco products?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google