One of wonderful captains suggested that teams or individual Globe Walkers set a goal of walking a distance equaling a part or all of THE GREAT TRAIL (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). You can start your trip anywhere along the trail. Another Captain suggested a walk of 150 miles for Canada’s 150th birthday. Or you can combine both ideas – 150 miles for each individual adding up to a greater distance for a group on a chosen route. You can walk the some of the actual trail in Saskatoon, or do a mini Globe Walk – pick a route anywhere in Canada as a goal and count your exercise miles as you normally do.
The Great Trail is the world’s largest network of trails. When completed, it will be 22,000 km, linking 1000 communities and over 33 million Canadians. “Mile zero” of the trail is located outside the Railway Coastal Museum in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
In Saskatoon, 20 km of the Meewasin Trail is designated as part of the Great Trail. The trail starts in the northwest of the city crossing the river at the Sid Buckwold Bridge (temporary crossing) and continues through historic Saskatchewan Crescent into beautiful Gabriel Dumont Park in the Southeast.
The following link will take you to an interactive map of the Great Trail: https://thegreattrail.ca/explore-the-map/
You can plot routes and distances, see photos and read stories to inspire you.
There is even an app for that at this link: https://thegreattrail.ca/stories/how-to-walk-across-canada-the-great-trail-app-has-arrived/
Enjoy the hike everyone!