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Islanders invited to celebrate on Confederation Trail

Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald and Island Trails board member Barb Trainor are preparing for the Island-wide celebrations on Confederation Trail Aug. 26.
Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald and Island Trails board member Barb Trainor are preparing for the Island-wide celebrations on Confederation Trail Aug. 26.

Prince Edward Island’s tip-to-tip celebrations on the Confederation Trail will be part of more than 200 nationwide events to celebrate Canada’s Great Trail and the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Celebrations will happen Aug. 26 on Confederation Trail across the Island from Tignish to Souris (for a complete list visit https://thegreattrail.ca/celebrate/). The celebrations have been facilitated by Island Trails and supported by Trans-Canada Trail as part of Canada 150.

“The Confederation Trail provides wonderful recreational opportunities for Prince Edward Island, and August 26 will be the largest trail celebration we’ve ever had,” Island Trails board member Barb Trainor said.

“From tip-to-tip, family oriented events will be held in 15 communities located along the Confederation Trail and I encourage all Islanders to join in the celebrations.”

The not-for-profit Trans-Canada Trail Foundation has worked since 1992 to connect Canada with a trail network from coast to coast. In those 25 years, the foundation has brought together donors, partners, governments and volunteers across Canada to create the Great Trail, a network of more than 24,000 kilometres of trails offering a wide range of outdoor experiences on land and water routes.

Operated and maintained by the P.E.I. government, the 435-km Confederation Trail is the historic remains of the great Canadian Railway from 1989 and is now part of the nationwide Great Trail.

Government is pleased to see these celebrations connect Island communities and promote active living,” said Economic Development and Tourism Minister Heath MacDonald.

“Prince Edward Island may be small, but Confederation Trail is another story of why we are a mighty Island — we surprise people with what we can do together and how much we have to offer here.”

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