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Manitoba Recreational Trails Association gets $1M

 
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PostPosted: Aug 30, 2006 5:09 pm    Post subject: Manitoba Recreational Trails Association gets $1M Reply with quote

August 30, 2006





PROVINCE COMMITS $1 MILLION

FOR TRANS CANADA TRAIL DEVELOPMENT IN MANITOBA



PINAWA-Premier Gary Doer announced the province is committing $1 million

to the Manitoba Recreational Trails Association and today is providing

$500,000 to assist volunteers in their efforts to continue the

construction of the Manitoba portion of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT)

with the remainder to flow over the next two years as the trail is

further developed.



"The trail highlights many of the incredible nature walks and vistas

Manitoba offers both visitors and those who are lucky enough to live

here," Doer said here today. "This funding will support volunteers with

special building projects along the Trans Canada Trail, the

implementation of a maintenance plan for the trail, interpretive signage

and administration."



The Trans Canada Trail is a shared-use trail (walking, cycling,

equestrian, skiing and snowmobiling), linking Canada's three oceans.

The 18,000-kilometre trail will be the longest continuous trail in the

world once it is complete. The 1,300-kilometre Manitoba portion of the

trail will link hundreds of communities and traverse seven eco-districts

when completed.



The trail crosses pristine landscapes from San Clara in the west to

Falcon Lake in the east and reaches down to the United States border at

Emerson. It also travels through Whiteshell Provincial Park, Lac du

Bonnet, Belair Provincial Forest, Grand Beach, the Mars Sand Hills,

Selkirk, Winnipeg, St. Norbert, Miami, Somerset, Spruce Woods Provincial

Park, Neepawa, Sandy Lake, Russell and Asessippi Provincial Park. The

official trail map is available at http://www.mrta.mb.ca for trail

updates prior to planning a hike.



The Manitoba Recreational Trails Association (MRTA), Manitoba's official

trail council, assists 17 community-based, volunteer trail groups which

are tackling the construction of the TCT across Manitoba.



"The Manitoba Trans Canada Trail is truly an outstanding example of how

volunteers throughout the province have created magnificent, multi-use

trails for our citizens and guests to Manitoba," said Doer.



Development of a provincial recreational trail complements several of

the key recommendations of the all-party Healthy Kids, Healthy Futures

Task Force. It highlights the promotion of activities that are less

dependent on expensive facilities.

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