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The Salt Marsh Trail, Nova Scotia. Photo: Daniel Baylis
Dear friends,

First of all, Happy Canada Day!

Although our national holiday will be different from those we have celebrated in the past, it also offers us a unique opportunity to socially connect with one another in ways that we haven’t before.

You could connect via some of the many of the virtual events organized by the federal government or by individual communities, or even through a simple walk or picnic on a section of our incredible cross-Canada trail network. 

There are many things that set Canada apart, but one thing that comes to my mind first is our shared love for nature, for the great outdoors and for our trails. We are truly blessed in this country to not only have access to incredible natural beauty, but to also have a culture that respects and values the trails we use to recreate, to stay active and to explore our communities. This is reflected in a recent Léger survey, which shows that 75% of Canadians use trails for exercise and leisure time.

The same survey indicated that the majority of trail users in Canada are young, aged between 18 and 34. For me, this is a clear validation of our ongoing efforts to keep our love of trails alive among people of all ages, and pass it on to the next generation. We look forward to continuing this work by hosting events along the Trail in the near future, when it is safe to do so. 

For now, we wish you and yours a relaxing, safe and fun holiday and we hope to see you on the Trail! 
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