National Volunteer Week: Trans Canada Trail celebrates volunteerism with new video series

MONTREAL, April 13, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - In honour of National Volunteer Week (April 12-18), Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is releasing six short videos profiling TCT volunteers from across the country, accessible by clicking HERE. This series, which will also be published on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on, profiles just some of the thousands of volunteers who have dedicated their time and energy to building and stewarding Canada's national Trail.

Local wildlife and beautiful landscapes form the backdrops for the videos, which feature volunteers from British Columbia, Yukon, Saskatchewan, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and promote some of the ways users can enjoy the Trail: hiking, horseback riding, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

The Trans Canada Trail is a multi-purpose recreational trail that promotes six preferred activities: hiking/walking, cycling, horseback riding, paddling, snowshoeing and snowmobiling (on select Trail sections in winter only).

Launched in 1992 as a legacy of Canada's 125th anniversary celebrations, the TCT is now more than 17,000 kilometres long and 75 per cent developed. The TCT is now on a bold mission to fully connect the Trail by 2017, Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation, and to being a stage for national celebrations.  

Volunteers are essential to reaching TCT's 2017 connection goal and have been working hard to bridge gaps in their regions.  

"We believe it is very important to honour the work of TCT volunteers, especially as they work tirelessly towards our 2017 connection goal, showcasing our diverse and majestic Trail. It is, in large part, thanks to them that we are currently at 75 percent connection—an amazing achievement for such a vast country," says TCT President & CEO Deborah Apps.

"We hope these videos will help promote volunteerism not only for the Trail, but also to recognize the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who contribute to the health and wellbeing of our communities and our country. On behalf of the TCT, I would like to thank our TCT volunteers, past and present, for their efforts. In 2017, I look forward to celebrating their contribution on a Trail that connects Canadians from coast to coast to coast at human speed!"

The TCT is able to support the work carried out by volunteers and their local Trail groups thanks to the generous contributions from all levels of government, businesses, foundations and individual donors.

The TCT's National Volunteer Week video series may be accessed via Join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram using the hashtags #NVW2015 and #WhyILoveTCT.

About the Trans Canada Trail (TCT)
The Trans Canada Trail is a nation-building project being realized by provincial and territorial Trail groups across the country. Currently 75 percent connected, the TCT is on a bold mission to fully connect our national Trail by 2017, Canada's 150th birthday, and to being the natural stage for celebrating our majestic landscapes and our proud Canadian journey from coast to coast to coast.


SOURCE Trans Canada Trail

For further information: Gay Decker, Director of Communications, Trans Canada Trail, (O) 514-485-4350, (C) 514 793-8537,


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