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Wild daisies along the Salt Marsh Trail, Nova Scotia. Photo: Daniel Baylis
Walk along any given trail, and you’ll find the people you meet are there for all kinds of reasons.

As a writer, I find myself on The Great Trail of Canada whenever I’m in need of creative inspiration. Some might get on the Trail to improve their fitness or to connect with nature and heritage. Many others are there for a simple need to heal – physically or emotionally.

This month, I spoke to three people who use the Trail in very different ways – to explore our local landscapes, to highlight the importance of environmental protection and to remember difficult aspects of our past. Meanwhile, TCT donor Pat Junkin spoke to The Globe and Mail about how she copes with grieving in the outdoors.

If you’re feeling peckish, I have a recipe that might convince you to bring brunch outside! 
 
Jane, Trans Canada Trail
Let's Go Biking: Cycling enthusiast self-publishes Trail guide for Vancouver
 
For one avid cyclist in British Columbia, a passion for The Great Trail led to a new book to raise funds for cycling infrastructure and trails in her home province.
 
An Ottawa teen runs for children of missing and murdered Indigenous women
 
Running the equivalent of three full marathons is no easy feat. For 15-year-old Theland Kicknosway, the 130-kilometre run from Ottawa to Kitigan Zibi is an essential way to support the children of missing and murdered Indigenous women.
 
New book encourages Canadians to defend nature and embrace inclusion
 
With their self-published e-book, a group of twentysomethings is not only committed to highlighting the need to protect our natural world. They are also focused on encouraging diversity and inclusion in the outdoors.
 
 
TCT donor Pat Junkin on the solace of grief walks
 
“Walking on the Trail is a beautiful way for folks who have lost someone to process their grief, to ground themselves in nature and to find some peace.”
 
WATCH: A healthy brunch recipe...outdoors!
 
Have you seen our new YouTube series, Canada’s Camping Chef? This easy recipe shows you how to cook a delicious, fail-proof shakshuka at your own pace. Warning: Don’t watch this on an empty stomach!
 
 

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