The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is the world’s longest network of recreational trails. When completed, the TCT will stretch 24, 000 kilometres from coast to coast- to coast! But we haven’t even reached the best part… this trail runs right through Waterloo Region, connecting Kitchener and Waterloo before continuing on to St. Jacobs.
What trails are part of the Trans Canada Trail?
The TCT follows the Iron Horse Trail and part of the Laurel Trail for 7.5 kilometres. The Walter Bean Grand River Trail also contributes to the vast hiking network. In Cambridge, the Grand Trunk Trail makes up part of the TCT, and a 2km 1860’s footpath accounts for the St. Jacobs portion of the trail. Other trails include the Kissing Bridge Trailway, Mill Race trail, and Avon trail in Woolwich.
Where can I go on the Trans Canada Trail?
Plan your hike with an interactive map of the entire trail! Keep in mind, the trail is not quite complete- about 20,000 kilometres are currently operational, representing 86% of the final goal. There is a lot of hope that the TCT will be finished in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary next year! Check here for great stories and news articles about Canadians exploring the trail!
How can I find out more?
Check the TCT website for information on the organization, featured trails, updates, and more.
Check the TCTO (Trans Canada Trail Ontario) website for information pertaining specifically to the Ontario portion of the trail!