Summer Adventure Brings Awareness to Alberta Portion of the Trans Canada Trail
Saturday June 4 was International Trails Day, and long-time trail advocate Sheila Thompson, Director of Alberta TrailNet, kicked off a planned 3,000 km journey along the Alberta portion of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) at the North Saskatchewan River border marker between Alberta and Saskatchewan. Thompson will share her adventure through her TCTsummertour blog to bring awareness to Alberta’s section of the TCT, encouraging Albertans and visitors to the province to enjoy this spectacular recreational experience.
Thompson also wants to encourage people to celebrate 2017, which marks the 150th Anniversary of Confederation and the 25th anniversary of the TCT. The TCT organization is on a bold mission to connect the Trail by 2017 so that Canadians from coast to coast can celebrate during the anniversary year.
Visitors to the trail support Alberta tourism in a number of ways. This will be highlighted during Thompson’s summer adventure as she stops at the many historic sites such as fur trading posts along the way, rents a canoe for portions of the trail, and visits the four gateway locations to buy supplies, visit sites and eat at local restaurants.
A map of the TCT portion Thompson plans to travel plus a list of ten key trail dates can be found on her blog.