September 12th, 2023 - 3:18pm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SEPTEMBER 12, 2023
MASSE ANNOUNCES THE ‘TRAVEL THE TRAIL’ BIKE RIDE TO CELEBRATE THE ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE BINATIONAL PARTNERSHIP OF THE TRANSCANADA TRAIL
(WINDSOR)- Today, Brian Masse, MP (Windsor West), announced the TRAVEL THE TRAIL bike ride taking place on Friday September 15 to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the binational partnership of the Trans Canada Trail, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Waterfront Regeneration Trust Corporation, and the Community Foundation for Southeastern Michigan. This partnership will link the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail (part of the Trans Canada Trail) to Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail and the Great Lakes Way. The event will include stakeholder meetings and a bike ride open to all starting at 6 PM.
“This is the one-year anniversary of the bination partnership to connect these significant and important trails between our two countries using the new Gordie Howe Bridge as the link. This will add new tourism opportunities, access local cultural, heritage, and natural sites including the soon to be established Ojibway National Urban Park, along with active transport, such as cycling and walking, between our cross-border communities,” Masse stated.
At 28,000 km long on land and water, the iconic Trans Canada Trail is the world’s longest recreational network of multi-use trails and connects over 15,000 communities coast to coast to coast, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and the Arctic oceans. It passes through every province and territory. 80 percent of Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trans Canada Trail. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust is the steward of the 3,600-km Great Lakes Waterfront Trail that hugs the shoreline of lakes Huron, Erie, and Ontario, as well as Georgian Bay, and stretches from the St. Lawrence River in Quebec to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Work is underway in partnership with the Trans Canada Trail to finalize a trail on the north shore of Lake Superior.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan funds The Great Lakes Way, which is an interconnected set of 160 miles of greenways and 156 miles of water trails stretching from southern Lake Huron through western Lake Erie along southeast Michigan’s coastline. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources stewards the Iron Belle Trail that stretches more than 2,000 miles from Ironwood in the Upper Peninsula to Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.
The Travel the Trail event takes at 6 PM, Friday September 15, leaving from the Malden Park Visitor centre. Other cycling opportunities include The Ride to Survive-The David Scott Hunter Memorial Ride which takes place on Saturday September 16 and Open Streets Windsor which happens on Sunday September 17.