Canada's 15,000-mile 'Great Trail' Is Finally Connected - Atlas Obscura

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In 1992, three Canadians, inspired by their country’s 125th birthday celebration, thought up a crazy plan. What if they could connect all of Canada’s hiking trails, footpaths, rail trails, and boardwalks and into one giant mega-trail that snaked from coast to coast?

It's now 2017. Canada has celebrated its 150th birthday. And on August 26th, those three dreamers—along with the thousands of volunteers who helped clear brush, fix planks, put up signs, and do all the other little tasks that make wilderness passable—celebrated the coast-to-coast connection of what they’re calling the Great Trail.

MoBikeFed comment: We still get the question--why should we spend time and money building trails in Missouri?

Do people really use them? Will people really travel to Missouri to visit them?

One answer to that question is to look at what other states in the U.S. and other countries across the world are doing. This is our competition--both for tourism dollars and in terms of quality of life.

Other countries are doing things like putting together 15,000-mile cross country trails, and 43,000 mile bicycle touring networks tying together dozens of countries.

This is what we are competing with, on a global scale.

Can Missouri measure up? Yes--we can, and we should!

See the full scope of the trans-Canada trail here:

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