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Celebrating Trails and Connecting Communities

On Tuesday, May 27, 2008 the New Brunswick Trails Council Inc. and Trans Canada Trail hosted a full day of events in Saint John and Grand Bay-Westfield to celebrate the official opening of 140 kilometers of recreational trail in the region as part of the Trans Canada Trail. The Trans Canada Trail, when completed, will be the world’s longest recreational trail, stretching from the Atlantic to Pacific to Arctic Oceans. Valerie Pringle, broadcast journalist and Chair of the Trans Canada Trail, and local dignitaries participated in these events.

Grand Bay-Westfield

Valerie Pringle launched the day of celebrations with a kayak ride on the newly designated Lower River Passage section of Trans Canada Trail in Grand Bay-Westfield. This section of the St. John River is one of only three designated trail water routes along the trail in all of Canada.

Trail Opening

L to R: Valerie Pringle, Mayor Grace Losier
Minister Jack Keir and Muriel MacKenzie
President of the Lower River Passage

General Trail Information

Lower River Passage, St. John River No. 04-0009

Trail Type: Water Route
Province: New Brunswick
Length: 116 Km
Grade: Mainly flat
Surface: Water
Activities: Canoe/Kayak
Pavilions: No
Trail Type: Land Route
Province: New Brunswick
Length:  6.56 Km
Grade: Mainly flat
Surface: Paved/Gravel
Activities:  Walking/Hiking/Biking

GPS Coordinates:

Longitude: N 45o 20.862’
Latitude: W 066o 13.439’

Learn More

The Lower River Passage –
Trans Canada Trail –
Municipal Heritage Trail –