Activities Along the Trans Canada Trail to Celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Confederation

The Government of Canada supports activities on the Trans Canada Trail on August 26, 2017                              

OTTAWA, April 28, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, today announced funding of $1 million for activities to be held along the Trans Canada Trail on August 26, 2017. Minister McKenna made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage.

The Trans Canada Trail Foundation's project Celebrations on The Great Trail will mark the country-wide connection of the Great Trail and the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The Government of Canada is providing this funding through the Canada 150 Fund. Through the Fund, the government supports local, regional and Canada-wide activities designed to give Canadians across the country an opportunity to join in the celebrations, and to make 2017 an unforgettable year.


"In 2017, Canada marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation. This is an excellent opportunity to celebrate what it means to be Canadian. Our government is providing opportunities for citizens to participate in local, regional and Canada-wide celebrations, and communities from coast to coast to coast are proudly joining in the festivities taking place all year long to celebrate this milestone in our nation's history. Join the party in your community!"

—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage

"Thanks to the Celebrations on the Great Trail project, nature lovers will have an opportunity to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation at several meeting points along the Trans Canada Trail on August 26, 2017. I invite all Canadians to take part in these activities and celebrate the beauty and diversity of our great country."

—The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change

"We are extremely grateful to Minister Joly and Canadian Heritage for their support of Trans Canada Trail's Celebrations on The Great Trail initiative. This national celebration will highlight Canada's Great Trail as a natural stage and a unique gathering space for all Canadians—not only on this special day, but for generations to come—and help deepen our understanding of our history, shared culture, magnificent landscape and diversity."

—Deborah Apps, President and CEO, Trans Canada Trail

Quick Facts

The Government of Canada is providing $1 million in funding for activities on the Trans Canada Trail on August 26, 2017.

The main themes of the Government of Canada's vision for the 150th anniversary of Confederation are diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the environment and youth.

The Canada 150 Fund was created in April 2015 and has a total budget of $200 million.

Through the Fund, the Government of Canada makes strategic investments in activities that support the vision of the 150th anniversary of Confederation and encourage Canadians to participate directly.

Associated Links

Canada 150

Trans Canada Trail


SOURCE Canadian Heritage

For further information: (media only), please contact: Rachel Rappaport, Press Secretary (interim), Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, 819-997-7788; Media Relations, Canadian Heritage, 819-994-9101, 1-866-569-6155,


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