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Trans Canada Trail Celebration along the Animikii Trail of Path of the Paddle

THUNDER BAY – On August 26th, celebrations took place along the Animikii Trail, one of 6 major trails along Path of the Paddle. Over 125 people came to hike, bike or paddle the trail, as well as partake in the opening ceremony. The longest recreational trail in the world has officially opened on this day which is the 24,000 km Trans Canada Trail that connects Canada from coast to coast to coast. Path of the Paddle, the NWO section of this trail, connects Thunder Bay to Manitoba, and is a route that ”acknowledges the past, which is built on the past and the importance of that history to our area,” says Pam Cain, General Manager. ”We have now a vehicle for recreation, for tourism to happen.”

Group photo of hikers along the Animikii Trail on August 26th, Grand Opening Day!. Photo: POPA

The organization marked the opening of the Animikii Trail, a 94-kilometre stretch from the Fort William Historical Park boat launch along the Kaministiquia River to Lake Superior south to Pigeon River Provincial Park.

Locally in Thunder Bay, non-paddlers can use the 40-kilometer multi-purpose Thunder Bay trail that runs throughout the city, the Pigeon River walking and hiking trail near the border or the Kabeyun Trail from Pass Lake through Sleeping Giant Provincial Park to Silver Islet.

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