About TCTO

Trans Canada Trail Ontario (TCTO) is the lead provincial not for profit organization that represents The Great Trail in Ontario, founded in 1992. TCTO’s mandate is to plan and support trail development across the province, with help from local agencies, government organizations, community associations and First Nations communities.

Download a copy of our 25th anniversary report here: TCTO 25th Anniversary Report


Ontario’s section of The Great Trail stretches over 5,000 kilometres, and offers a diverse range of trails allowing for a multitude of world-class outdoor experiences in both urban, rural and wilderness settings in the southern and northern regions of the province.

The Great Trail in Ontario connects a collection of approximately 150 interconnected trails.

TCTO is working to maintain a strong continuously connection in Ontario – the longest section of The Great Trail’s coast to coast to coast network. TCTO does this by:

  • Providing leadership on matters critical to trail connection where action is
    needed to assist trail partners;
  • Being the provincial contact for the coordination of the Great Trail in Ontario;
  • Supporting our trail partnerships to ensure connection, enhancement and sustainability of the Great Trail by working with national, provincial, regional and local stakeholders; and
  • Facilitating the sharing of information and resources about the Great Trail and trail partners.

What We Do

  •  TCTO is the lead provincial organization working to build and maintain a strong community of volunteers, supporters and trail enthusiasts.
  • TCTO develops, nurtures, and promotes partnerships with those who want to see the Trail fully connected and protected.
  • TCTO is involved in trail planning, fundraising, advocacy and coordination, distribution of public information, education and sustainability of the
    Great Trail and its connecting “Spine”.
  • TCTO is, and will continue to be the one window for review and recommendation of funding proposals from trail partners.

Mission Statement

Trans Canada Trail Ontario is committed to the continued advancement of the development of The Great Trail for the benefit of people and communities along its route.

Path of the Paddle, Northern Ontario

Chair’s Message

Thanks to trail volunteers and partners, The Great Trail is connected to 150+ communities across Ontario.

The dream of a cross-country Trail is now a reality and the original goal, nearly 25 years in the making, has been achieved with the help of partners, donors and all levels of government. The Great Trail now consists of more than 24,000 kilometres of multi-use trails, linking Canada and Canadians. In Ontario, over 5,000 kilometres of these trails provide access to great experiences, stories, cultures, wilderness, charming towns, cities and adventure.

Moving beyond 2017, Trans Canada Trail Ontario’s (TCTO) mission will be to increase use, as well as continue to enhance and improve The Great Trail by garnering support and continuing to nurture valuable relationships with Trail enthusiasts and partners across the Province.

Our Board of Directors provides the essential support and guidance needed to continue to develop this national legacy in Ontario. Our goal at TCTO is to ensure The Great Trail in Ontario remains connected, relevant, vibrant and promoted provincially, nationally and internationally.

In 2018, we will be supporting TCT National and our Trail Partners to implement the Capital Improvement Projects and we will be reaching out to our partners and supporters to identify and define the key actions that we need to take as an organization that will help to ensure The Great Trail in Ontario will be a lasting legacy for future generations.

Mike Bender
Chair, Trans Canada Trail Ontario