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The Great Trail

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. Get the details.

Trail Closure: May 3 – June 4 2021
Southshore Community Centre to the Kiwanis Pavilion

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.

About the Trail

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 parks including:

  • Sunnidale Park
  • Queens Park
  • Meridian Square
  • Centennial Park
  • Southshore Park
  • Allandale Station Park
  • Whiskey Creek Walk
  • Huronia North Park
  • Lennox Park.

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.

Pavilion to be Decommissioned by March 31, 2021

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.

FAQs re Pavilion Decommissioning
What will happen to the pavilion?

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.

Why did the TCT Inscription Program end?

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.

I was a TCT donor. Where can I find my name?

To honour past donors, all TCT inscriptions have been transferred to the pavilion in Uxbridge, Ontario. They are also listed online

I was a local donor. Where can I find my name?

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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