The Trail to 2017

Ontario’s Contribution

Completing Canada's Trans Canada Trail.

by Allen MacPherson


Presenters: Allen MacPherson, Provincial Chair Board of Directors and Local President, Kawartha Trans Canada Trail, Trans Canada Trail Ontario and Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association

By Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017, the Trans Canada Trail will be fully connected, stretching 24,000 km from coast to coast and connecting nearly 1,000 communities. Trans Canada Trail Ontario, in partnership with 150 provincial trail partners, provides examples of the practical aspects of planning, the challenges and opportunities on a province-wide scale, and how capacity building, trust, funding, and coordination have been and will be the key to completion of 5,000 km of water and land trails by 2017.

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About the Author

Allen MacPherson has worked professionally for over twenty-five years as a college and university educator in the fields of Park and Ecotourism Management. He is an author and has written and worked on several consulting projects in the areas of trail planning, design, and construction. Prior to his academic career he was for fourteen years Park Superintendent of Rondeau, Long Point, Balsam Lake Provincial Parks and Assistant Superintendent/Supervisor Algonquin Provincial Park. Al held an academic and administrative leadership role at the School of Environmental Studies at Fleming College in Lindsay and Haliburton Campuses. He holds a Diploma in Forestry, Bachelor in Environmental Studies, and a M.A. in Canadian Studies. Al works with for profit and nonprofit organizations and individuals to assist them in trail development and consultation. Presently he is president of the local Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association and is chairperson of the Board of Directors for the Trans Canada Trail Ontario.

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