Environment Canada-Biosphere and Trans Canada Trail launch BioKit

MONTREAL, Oct. 13, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Trans Canada Trail is pleased to announce that the new Trans Canada Trail BioKit, the latest addition to Environment Canada's BioKit program aimed at families with young children, is now available.  The purpose of the TCT BioKit, developed in collaboration with Environment Canada, is to educate/inform Canadians about the value of local natural areas and to empower them to help protect these areas through the use and appreciation of the Trail, and increased knowledge of biodiversity.

The BioKit was distributed to school children from the Gatineau area who attended the launch event held at Jacques-Cartier Park, one of the many magnificent sections of the Trans Canada Trail. The children had an opportunity to participate in some of the activities found in the BioKit.

"We are extremely pleased that millions of families and young children across Canada will be able to use this fun tool to explore the Trail and discover the biodiversity it offers", said Deborah Apps, President and CEO of the Trans Canada Trail. "The Trans Canada Trail BioKit, developed in collaboration with Environment Canada's Biosphere, will help young Canadians learn about this great legacy that is being built by Canadians for Canadians. It is a fun and interactive way to discover places around the country, from coast to coast to coast. We're proud to have had Loblaw Companies Limited as a partner in this project."

"By encouraging Canadian families to experience and enjoy our great Canadian landscape, Environment Canada hopes to raise awareness about the importance of biodiversity, and get young Canadians interest in protecting our environment for the future", said Honourable Peter Kent, Canada's Minister of the Environment. "The Trans Canada Trail BioKit will be a popular educational tool, promoting citizen engagement in the conservation of ecosystems."

The BioKit offers a series of interactive outdoor activities that help children learn about biodiversity and how to protect our environment. The BioKit encourages families to reconnect with nature by using their five senses. A generous donation from Loblaw Companies Limited was provided in support of the Trans Canada Trail BioKit project.

"The Trans Canada Trail offers Canadians of all ages an opportunity to experience our great country through a variety of activities, and the BioKit is an innovative means of introducing young people to the diverse nature of the Trail", concluded Deborah Apps.

The Trans Canada Trail is a national non-profit organization that supports the development and use of a national trail network that links millions of Canadians from coast to coast to coast, through hundreds of communities and across incredible landscapes.  Canadians and international visitors use the Trail to hike, cycle, ski, horseback ride, canoe and snowmobile.  Partnering with the Government of Canada, and sponsors, and donors, the Trans Canada Trail contributes to the work of more than 400 communities and thousands of volunteers across the country through grants and promotion of their efforts to build and sustain the world's longest and grandest recreational trail.

For further information:

Julie Brouard
Director, Communications
Trans Canada Trail
514-485-4350

The electronic version of the Trans Canada Trail BioKit can be found on the Trans Canada Trail website (tctrail.ca) or on the Biosphere's website at: http://www.ec.gc.ca/biotrousses-biokits/default.asp?lang=Fr&n=C0269262-1
To order hardcopies of the Biokit, please fill out the online form.