Chair’s Message


The dream of a connected trail system across the country has been realized and was celebrated as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary since confederation, which was in 2017. A person can now experience the diverse landscapes of our Province, its land and water, by travelling along the “Trans Canada Trail” via hiking, biking, horseback riding, paddling, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing, and snowmobiling. Following this achievement, Trans Canada Trail Ontario has created its very first Strategic Plan that will guide the organization towards its next successful chapter. It is time to get on the trail and explore our great Province!

As Chair of TCTO, I am very excited about the direction and opportunities that this Plan proposes to enhance the Trans Canada Trail experiences in Ontario. TCTO intends to continue to be TCT’s lead partner in the most populated Province in the country, which has the longest section of the trail and the highest number of trail partners among all the Provinces. This Plan will guide TCTO towards a comprehensive “SHADE Experience”, an ambitious Complete Land and Water Trail system across the Province, and the establishment of Legacy projects. Overall this Plan is a full package of excitement, diversity and improvement.

I would like to extend my gratitude towards the TCTO Board Members and the individuals from a variety of organizations who provided insightful feedback on our Plan. My greatest compliment and thanks to TCTO’s General Manager Shompa Hai, who guided and directed TCTO throughout the process and development of this Strategic Plan.

I welcome all Ontarians, including trail partners, First Nations people and communities to take part in our actions as we implement this exciting Plan. Help us share the enthusiasm, and tell the stories that will help to create the best and most memorable experiences on the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario.

Mike Bender
Chair, Trans Canada Trail Ontario.
February 2020.