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Discover Indigenous culture and history along the TransCanada Trail
You should not approach, feed or try to interact with wildlife you may encounter in the City’s parks or trails. See
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See a sick or injured wild animal? Please call Animal Control for the City's Enforcement Services at 705-739-4241.
The Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail) is the world's longest network of recreational multi-use trails.
Notice to all Trans Canada Trail Donors: The pavilion located near the Tiffin Boat Launch will be decommissioned by March 31, 2021.
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The upper portion of the waterfront trail (part of The Great Trail) from the Southshore Community Centre to the Kiwanis Pavilion will be closed from May 3 to June 4, 2021. This portion of the trail will be excavated and relayed with new asphalt. The public will be redirected to travel along the lower path during the duration of the construction project.
There are approximately 20 kilometres of
The Great Trail through Barrie, connecting in the south at Essa Township and to Springwater Township in the north. The Great Trail passes through many of Barrie’s
The trail is complete in the old Barrie lands and is temporarily routed along roadways in the undeveloped southern portions of Barrie. The route will return to parkland in pace with development as the City receives new parkland and environmental land dedications.
The trail also features interpretive signs honouring Indigenous people. The City, in conjunction with the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs, placed three trail markers along the City’s portion of the Trail to honour the history, culture and share the story of local Indigenous communities.
Due to decommissioning of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Inscription Program, the
pavilion located near the Tiffin Boat Launch will be decommissioned by March 31, 2021.
All panels that are affixed to the inner walls of the pavilion will be permanently removed.
The pavilion will
not be removed but will be repurposed as a space to be used at Barrie's waterfront. This will provide an opportunity to reuse the space while still honouring contributions made for the creation of The Great Trail.
The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Inscription Program started almost two decades ago. Although it was very popular across Canada, the increasing costs of maintaining pavilions started to draw much-needed funds away from the essential trail projects that TCT supports.
The decision to decommission this pavilion was not taken lightly. However, donations support TCT's principal aim—the development and enhancement of The Great Trail.
To honour past donors, all TCT inscriptions have been transferred to the
pavilion in Uxbridge, Ontario. They are also
The panel recognizing the key donation by the Rotary Club of Barrie and donors who contributed locally will be consolidated onto new signage and placed in a high-profile location next to the pavilion in the adjacent planting bed.
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