Niagara Falls, ON – Marking the 16th anniversary of The Niagara Parks Commission’s (NPC) continued involvement in the Trans Canada Trail network, 14 new trail markers were unveiled along the Niagara River Recreational Trail today by NPC Chair, Janice Thomson and Trans Canada Trail Foundation Co-Chair, Valerie Pringle.
Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th anniversary, the Trans Canada Trail is one of the world’s longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 municipalities and over 15,000 communities.
According to NPC Chair, Janice Thomson, “The establishment of these new trail markers along the Niagara River Recreational Trail is an important way for us to celebrate the success and importance of Niagara Parks involvement with the Trans Canada Trail network. Since the inception of NPC’s own 53-kilometre recreational trail system in 1986, we have been pleased to have become a key partner and signature route with other trail associations, such as the Greater Niagara Circle Route, The Waterfront Trail and its newest Greenbelt Route and of course the Trans Canada Trail, which Niagara Parks has been a part of since 1999.”
The 14 new trail signs are to be installed at seven locations, along the full length of the Niagara River Recreational Trail, from the Trans Canada Trail pavilion in the Town of Fort Erie, which was dedicated in 2004, all the way to Paradise Grove, in the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
“As a Niagara-on-the Lake resident, I love this trail system and use it regularly to ride my bike and walk my dogs. I see how popular it is and I am proud that it is part of the TCT. I know that these signs will help to promote our national Trail and our goal of connecting communities, setting the stage for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017,” says TCT Foundation Co-Chair Valerie Pringle.
About The Niagara Parks Commission
NPC is committed to a vision of Ontario’s Niagara Parks as one that Preserves a rich heritage, Conserves natural wonders, and Inspires people world-wide. Founded in 1885, The Niagara Parks Commission is an Operational Enterprise Agency of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Its mission is to protect the natural and cultural heritage along the Niagara River for the enjoyment of visitors while maintaining financial self-sufficiency.
About the Trans Canada Trail
The Trans Canada Trail is a nation-building project being realized by provincial and territorial Trail groups across the country. Currently 80 per cent connected, the TCT is on a bold mission to fully connect our national Trail by 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday, and to becoming the natural stage for celebrating our majestic landscapes and our proud Canadian journey from coast to coast to coast. For more information, visit: www.tctrail.ca.
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Tony Baldinelli, Senior Manager,
Communications and Stakeholder Relations