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 canadiangeographic.ca/ 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.