Protecting, Enhancing and Celebrating the Great Lakes
Founded by the Honourable Davd Crombie and established in 1988 the Waterfront Regeneration Trust (WRT) Corporation is the charitable organization leading the movement for waterfront regeneration on Canada's Great Lakes.
Two decades ago, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail was launched to celebrate and reconnect people to Canada's Great Lakes, the largest group of freshwater lakes on earth. Then, it ran 270 kms from Hamilton to Trenton. Today, the Waterfront Trail is more than 3,000 kms long, connecting more than 140 communities including First Nations, from the eastern border of Ontario to Lake Huron.
The fully signed Trail is a combination of pathways, neighbourhood streets, and rural roads. It connects three Great Lakes (Huron, Erie and Ontario), four bi-national rivers (St.Clair, Detroit, Niagara and St. Lawrence), three UNESCO Biospheres, two National Parks, twenty Provincial Parks, 500+ parks, beaches, conservation areas and heritage attractions. And the work is ongoing with partner municipalities undertaking projects every year to complete, connect and enhance the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.
The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a treasured and well-used recreational resource and tourism attraction.