The Great Trail
Originally, organizers hoped the Great Trail would be made up of off-road greenways. They envisioned the network would follow existing trails, newly constructed trails, and abandoned railway lines. However, for financial and political reasons, come 2017 only 32 per cent of the trail was made up of off-road pathways. The remainder included roads and highways (35 per cent), waterways (25 per cent), and hybrid routes that allow all-terrain vehicles (7 per cent).
The Great Trail is funded by private donors and all levels of government. The Trans Canada Trail non-profit organization does not own or operate any section of the trail. Instead, individual sections are operated and maintained by local organizations, conservation authorities and provincial and national agencies. The non-profit is working toward converting the road portions of the trail into greenways.