Trans Canada Trail: The National Trail System
The Trans Canada Trail (T.C.T.) was born out of the Canada 125 initiative. There is a National Trans Canada Trail Foundation based in Montreal and they act as a governing body. They select suitable provincial and territorial organizations to act on their behalf as official agents in that province or territory. A letter of agreement is signed out lining responsibilities of each party. For the Yukon Territory, the Klondike Snowmobile Association currently fills this role.
There are national guidelines and standards and some limited funding is available. Local groups wishing to apply for recognition and/or funding must apply through the provincial/territorial agent. The Klondike Snowmobile Association currently serves as the Trans Canada Trail agent for the Yukon. It is up to the agent to ensure the standards of the T.C.T. are met. The T.C.T. logo is protected by copyright.
Although snowmobiling is one of the five core groups in the T.C.T., the Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations (C.C.S.O.) realized that the proposed route of the T.C.T. would not make a Trans Canada Snowmobile Trail (T.C.S.T.) due to its then proposed southern track across Canada.
Therefore, in 1993 the C.C.S.O. decided to link existing provincial and territorial snowmobile trails into a true cross Canada network. By 1997 this was accomplished from the Alberta border east to Newfoundland. Alberta & British Columbia were linked in 1998 and not long after the Yukon and N.W.T. were aslso added.
To open the T.C.S.T., the C.C.S.O. rode coast to coast in January/February 1998 in RendezVous 1998.
The Klondike Snowmobile Association, with the permission of the Yukon Territorial Government, scooped the rest of Canada in March of 1996 by having the president of the C.C.S.O. come to Yukon and open the first official section of T.C.S.T. in Canada, The Top of the World Highway, closed in winter and used by some 500 snowmobilers during the Trek Over the Top. It generated an impressive amount of media exposure for Yukon. Actual signage of the highway as T.C.S.T. will not take place until the highway reconstruction is complete.
As in numerous jurisdictions across Canada, combining the two national trail systems in Yukon makes economic & environmental sense. Any snowmobile trail can serve as a ski or dog sled trail in winter, hike & bike trail in summer. Thus, the K.S.A. sought and obtained official agent status with the Trans Canada Trail Foundation.
With Yukon’s abundance of historical trails, the potential for expanded tourism is real. The K.S.A. believes in the Multi Use Trail concept. Snowmobilers, mushers, skiiers, ATVers, hikers, bikers, horseback riders, walkers, runners, and everyone in between, are all considered a welcome sight on the trail.
For more information on the Trans Canada Trail, please visit the official T.C.T. website.
To help support the Trans Canada Trail by purchasing a metre of trail, please see our Purchase a Metre page.