National Trails Coalition Applauds Government of Canada Investment in Trails Infrastructure

    DARTMOUTH, NS, Jan. 27 /CNW/ - Leaders of the National Trails Coalition
(NTC) are pleased that the Government of Canada is injecting $25 million into
the construction of trail infrastructure across the nation. New trail
infrastructure provides a safe venue for a variety of trail users and creates
a local economic development opportunity, particularly in rural and northern
    "The funds announced in today's Budget will allow us to undertake a
nation-wide trail building program that will make trail use safer, stimulate
tourism and create jobs," said National Trails Coalition Chairman and Canadian
Trails Federation President, Terry Norman. "This is a major boost to all forms
of trail-based tourism and recreational activities."
    The National Trails Coalition was formed in 2007 to bring the broad
spectrum of trail-based activities together in a collaborative manner to
build, maintain and promote trails and trail use across Canada. One of the
founding principles of the Coalition is building new partnerships between
trail disciplines; fostering more multiple-use trail development; and
providing a trail-based platform on which private enterprise and volunteer
groups alike can generate economic activity.
    "The Off Highway Vehicle sector welcomes the partnership offered by the
Minister of Finance in his Budget," said Bob Ramsay, President of the Canadian
Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council (COHV). "The $25 million investment
will significantly increase the level of trail building in the coming year and
it will create a heightened level of cooperation among trail user groups as
they rally behind a common purpose."
    Dennis Burns, Executive Director of the Canadian Council of Snowmobile
Organizations (CCSO), said, "This is tremendous news for the trails community
across Canada, particularly in rural and northern areas where trail-based
activities play such an important role in the local economy. We salute the
government's recognition that trails are not only important for people's
health and well-being but they are also good business."

    The National Trails Coalition was formed by the Canadian Trails
Federation, the Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors' Council and the
Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations. Membership in these national
level organizations is drawn from provincial and territorial organizations or
from the private sector through the contributions of manufacturers and
distributors of trail-related vehicles, products and services. Virtually all
forms of trail-based activity are represented under the Coalition banner.

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For further information: Jo-Anne Farquhar, (416) 491-4449 ext 105, Toll
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