Trail Care Crew program officially announced at Trailhead Ontario Conference

For Immediate Release: 7-1-10
Contact: Rachael Raven
IMBA Canada Communications Coordinator

Toronto, ON-- Standing alongside representatives from Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail, IMBA Canada’s Executive Director, Lora Woolner took part in the official announcement for the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew last month.

Paul Calandra, Member of Parliament for Oak Ridges-Markham, made the announcement to more than 120 industry supporters and participants during the second day of the Trailhead Ontario Conference, on June 22. "I am proud to announce that the Government of Canada will be contributing $200,000 over three years to the Canadian office of the International Mountain Bicycling Association for the creation of the [n]ational Trail Care Crew," said Calandra in a release.

Starting this summer, the Canadian duo will travel across the country year-round and will participate in trail events, lead trailwork sessions, meet with land managers, and work with IMBA clubs, Trans Canada Trail provincial and territorial organizations, and Parks Canada sites to improve trail opportunities Canada-wide.

"The Trail Care Crew program has been the flagship program of IMBA USA's work since 1997. Over the 13 years of the program the crew has taught thousands of volunteers how to design and build sustainable trails, resulting in over a million hours of volunteer trail work," said Woolner. "We are thrilled for the opportunity to partner with Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail to launch our own Trail Care Crew program, one that will reach beyond IMBA affiliated clubs and benefit all trail users in Canada."

The creation of a Canadian Trail Care Crew has been a goal since the establishment of IMBA Canada in 2004. The program would not be possible, says Woolner, without the support of Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail. Additional program supporters include Subaru Canada, Trek Bikes, Thule, and Outdoor Gear Canada.

The Trans Canada Trail is delighted to be part of this project, according to President and CEO Deborah Apps.  “The Trans Canada Trail is made up of close to 400 local trails from coast to coast to coast.  We see this as an important way to provide concrete support to trail groups and our provincial partner organizations,” said Apps. “We hope to see the Trail Care Crew program grow in future years. As we move forward to complete the 22,000-kilometre Trans Canada Trail by 2017, this partnership with Parks Canada and IMBA Canada is extremely valuable.”