Great Lakes Tourism Experience the Focus of New Binational Partnership

By 2024, Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan, hope to develop and complete a binational trail destination experience, linking existing trail networks for residents and visitors. Trans Canada Trail (steward of the longest recreational trail network in the world and largest investor in trail infrastructure projects in Canada), the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT) in Ontario, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop this plan.

From the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail (2,200+ miles), a part of the Trans Canada Trail (3,200+ miles in Ontario) to the Iron Belle Trail in Michigan (2,000+ miles) and The Great Lakes Way (300+ miles), the MOU partners will amplify these existing trail networks and assets and leverage the non-motorized transportation (cycling and walking) infrastructure features of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge, for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.

Together, the partner organizations will develop a trail destination experience, collaborate on marketing strategies, and explore opportunities for using technology to enhance the trail-user experience via a digital trail mirroring the physical trail. In turn, the partnership will support economic development through eco-tourism, promote conservation, encourage healthy living and enhance the quality of life.

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