Canada: The Trans Canada Trail is the world’s longest pathway. It will span more than 22,000 kilometres when all the trails across the country are connected by 2017 on Canada’s 150th anniversary. The progress of this national project can now be viewed through an online mapping application donated by Esri Canada, a GIS solutions provider and a member of Chapter 150, a group of visionary and philanthropic business leaders helping to connect the Trail and all Canadians. Through the interactive Web map, the public can explore the Trail, share photos and stories of their Trail visits, as well as walk the Trail.
“Building the Trans Canada Trail is a significant achievement for Canada and we’re proud to be part of this historic journey,” said Alex Miller, president, Esri Canada. “In the same way that the Trail connects all Canadians, our purpose for creating this Web map is to provide a collaborative platform for people across the country to get connected through their Trail experience and help preserve our national heritage.”
Users can explore the map to find places on the Trail suitable for various activities throughout the year including biking, canoeing and cross-country skiing. They can upload photos and stories of their visit and view what others have shared, building a resource of collective knowledge that can be passed on to future generations. They can also download or bookmark their favourite maps.
“This online map makes the Trail accessible to people,” explained Deborah Apps, President and CEO, Trans Canada Trail. “Before venturing out, they can use the online map and effectively plan their activities, thus enhancing their experience of the Trail. It’s an efficient way of sharing information about the Trail and events happening in or around it. This map helps Canadians from coast to coast work together to make the dream of a national trail a reality.”
The Web map consists of numerous data layers integrated using Esri’s ArcGIS technology. Esri technology has advanced significantly to allow the integration of user-generated or crowdsourced content with traditional datasets such as roads or geographic points of interest. The application uses basemaps from the community map of Canada, a programme initiated by Esri Canada that compiles maps and geographic data contributed by more than 100 Canadian federal, provincial and municipal governments to be used by the public.
Source: Esri Canada