The Great Trail (formerly the ’Trans Canada Trail’) is one of the world’s longest networks of trails, developed and promoted by a non-profit registered charity. Fully connected in time for Canada’s 2017 Sesquicentennial, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, the trail stretches nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific linking 1000 communities across the country. For a project of this scope and magnitude to succeed, it must have the support of volunteers from hundreds of local trail organizations. Included in all tour packages which use The Great Trail is a donation to support ongoing trail maintenance and continued success of the project.
The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) is a charitable organization, composed of nine regional Bruce Trail Clubs. Each Club is volunteer-run and is responsible for maintaining, stewarding and promoting a section of the Bruce Trail. BTC is committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Included in all GCT tour packages which use the Bruce Trail, is a $50 donation to the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
The East Coast Trail Association (ECTA) is a member-based, volunteer-supported registered charity responsible for the management of Newfoundland’s incredible East Coast Trail. Its mission is to develop, maintain, and protect the East Coast Trail. There are no entry fees for the use of the trail; the management of the trail depends exclusively on donations, volunteers, and membership fees. Included in all GCT tour packages which use the East Coast Trail, is a $50 donation to the East Coast Trail Association.
Powell River Parks & Wilderness Society (PRPAWS) is a registered non-profit charitable organization which was formed by a handful of outdoor enthusiasts as a means of protecting old growth on the Upper Sunshine Coast. The organization is dedicated to developing, building, and maintaining the Sunshine Coast Trail (SCT) and thereby protecting green space along the area’s forested trail corridors. Included in all tour packages which use the SCT is a donation to support the organization.