The "Tree to Tuk" Christmas Express

    Trans Canada Trail makes donor's last wish come true

    LONDON, ON, Dec. 13 /CNW/ - Margrit Gahlinger's Norfolk pine tree is
heading for a new home just where she wanted it to be - near her metre of
Trans Canada Trail in Tuktoyaktuk, NWT. Mother of nine, grandmother of six,
Margrit passed away on April 19th, 2007 in London, Ontario, one of the most
southerly cities in Canada. Her final challenge to her daughter Rosemary was
to have her little indoor pine tree which had sat by her bed placed near the
metre of the Trans Canada Trail that she had sponsored in Tuktoyaktuk, one of
the most northern locations in Canada.
    "The tree symbolized the very essence of her being." says grandson Calen,
who along with his mother Rosemary, will travel to Tuktoyaktuk starting
December 17th to fulfil the wish and to promote the Trans Canada Trail thanks
to a donation made by Trans Canada Trail Governors who are underwriting the
    Canadian broadcast journalist, Valerie Pringle, Chair of the Trans Canada
Trail says, "We are delighted to see this tree make its way north in the
Christmas Season as this is the time of year that so many Canadians choose to
honour a loved one by placing their name on the Trail in one of our pavilions
for all to see for all time. Margrit's tree is a gift to all in Tuk who
cherish their community as one of the three launch points for the Trans Canada
Trail which connects Canadians from coast to coast to coast." The western
launch is Tofino on Vancouver Island and eastern launch is St. John's, NFLD.
    The tree will be presented to the community of Tuktoyaktuk at a special
community centre Winter Solstice Celebration on the 21st of December and will
be received by local councillor, Maureen Gruben, who will keep the tree in her
home where she cares for other indoor trees. Tuktoyaktuk is above the tree
line so the tree will remain indoors but can be brought to the community
centre for special occasions.
    The Trans Canada Trail began as a concept in 1992 as a legacy of Canada
125 as a national celebration of the desire of Canadians to link together as a
people and as a nation. With 18,000 km of land route and over 3000 km of water
route, winding its way through every province and territory, connecting over
800 communities, this is the longest recreational trail in the world.
Inauguration for Phase 1 of the Trail is planned for 2010 to coincide with the
Olympic Torch Relay.
    Over 110,000 Canadians have purchased a symbolic metre of Trail and had
their names or the name of a loved one, placed in one of the 90 pavilions
placed across the country for this purpose. To see a list of pavilions or to
purchase a metre of Trail ($50 per metre), you can visit or
call 1-800-465-3636.

For further information:

For further information: Lea Hardcastle, 1-800-465-3636

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