Trans Canada Trail expands into York Region

The Trans Canada Trail is expanding into York Region with the extension of two trails that travel through Markham.

The Lake to Lake Route will comprise 92 kilometres of active transportation routes spanning north-south across the Region, ultimately connecting Lake Simcoe to Lake Ontario in the City of Toronto. The route travels through the Towns of Georgina, East Gwillimbury, Newmarket, Aurora, and the Cities of Markham and Richmond Hill.

The South York Greenway will leverage underused lands parallel to Hwy. 407 and hydro corridor lands and aims to expand the Region’s active transportation network in the south. The route will link major mobility hubs, existing trails and key destinations from Hwy. 50 in the west, crossing the Cities of Vaughan, Richmond Hill, and Markham to connect with York-Durham Line in the east.

Trans Canada Trail is Canada’s national trail with the longest network of multi-use recreational trails in the world. Through its Trail Funding Program, it conditionally awarded $50,000 for each route design and construction. That funding commitment will be in addition to the Region’s capital budget to design and build the two additional trails.

The Region will act as interim Trail Operator during Trans Canada Trail application, registration and funding agreement delivery. Trail expansions are identified as key initiatives in York Region’s Transportation Master Plan to reduce car travel, promote sustainable transportation and connect municipal boundaries.

“Expanding the Trans Canada Trail into York Region elevates profile for trails in York Region, promoting walking, cycling and other forms of sustainable transportation and connecting across municipal boundaries,” according to a Report of the Commissioner of Public Works.

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