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Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary 2018, Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic cel­e­brates the na­tion­con­nect­ing Great Trail

W“While the rail­way fa­cil­i­tated Canada’s eco­nomic am­bi­tions, the Great Trail cel­e­brates its nat­u­ral splen­dour,” wrote Fraser Los in The Story of Canada in 150 Ob­jects, the special is­sue pub­lished in early 2017 by Cana­dian Ge­o­graphic and The Wal­rus in recog­ni­tion of the na­tion’s sesqui­cen­ten­nial. The com­par­i­son of the mon­u­men­tal transcon­ti­nen­tal rail­way built more than a cen­tury ago and the world’s long­est recre­ational trail net­work, orig­i­nally known as the Trans Canada Trail when the ini­tia­tive was launched 25 years ago, is apt. Com­pletely con­nected from coast to coast to coast this past Au­gust, the 24,000-kilo­me­tre Great Trail, which en­com­passes green­ways, wa­ter­ways and road­ways through ur­ban, ru­ral and wilder­ness land­scapes, links Cana­di­ans not only to each other but also to the coun­try’s ge­og­ra­phy, his­tory and cul­tures. In hon­our of the net­work’s mile­stone an­niver­sary and its com­ple­tion, the Jan­uary/ Fe­bru­ary 2018 is­sue will cel­e­brate the di­ver­sity of both its trails and its users. From east to west: writer Karen Pinchin and photographer Nick Hawkins ex­plore the ter­res­trial-marine ecosys­tem con­nec­tiv­ity em­bod­ied by the trails along the coast of the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick; writer Ossie Miche­lin and photographer David Ki­l­abuk trace the his­tory and cul­ture of Nu­navut’s wilder­ness Iti­j­ja­giaq Trail; writer Dianne Whe­lan and pho­tog­ra­phers Gary and Joanie Mcguf­fin pay homage to On­tario’s Lake Su­pe­rior Wa­ter Trail in a stun­ning photo es­say; writer Tim Querengesser and photographer Am­ber Bracken de­scribe the ur­ban Ed­mon­ton River Val­ley Trail through a se­ries of mini-pro­files of its di­verse users; and writer Suzanne Mor­phet and photographer Robin O’neill cap­ture the essence of the grand rail­way his­tory and dra­matic land­scapes of Bri­tish Columbia’s Cowichan Val­ley Trail. There’s much more, too. Com­bined, it’s a trib­ute to the trails that lit­er­ally con­nect us all. Sub­scribe or re­new today at cana­di­an­geo­ sub­scribe or by call­ing 1-800-267-0824. The Jan­uary/fe­bru­ary 2018 is­sue hits news­stands Jan­uary 8.

Bat­tle Is­land Light­house, off the north shore of Lake Su­pe­rior ( top). The Iti­j­ja­giaq Trail ( above) runs be­tween Iqaluit and Kim­mirut on south­ern Baf­fin Is­land, Nu­navut.

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