We are a non-profit, voluntary, public service
organization dedicated to the preservation,
development and promotion of green spaces.
Fredericton's trails are maintained for both
summer and winter use.
“Our Trails System shall help Fredericton become
a leader in promoting active transportation, maintaining
a sustainable urban environment, and enhancing
Fredericton Trails Coalition 1993 -2017
New 2016 Coalition Board Members
Seated: Doreen Armstrong (Past President/Trail Guide), Carol
Randall (Photography) and Art McFadden (President).
Standing: John Lou, Anne Wilkins (Adopt-a-Trail), Marion
Armstrong (Merchandise), Louise Britten (Membership), Lois
MacDougall (Publicity), Stephen Marr (Treasurer/Website),
Sheila Thompson (Secretary) and Andre Arseneault (Trail
Enhancement). Absent: Mike Glynn and Bill Turney.
“The Fredericton Trails
Coalition shall be the community voice for the promotion
of an environmentally-friendly transportation network
and recreational trail system that aims to enhance the
health and quality of life for those who live in and
visit our city.”
A History of the City of Fredericton's Trail
In the early 1980s a vision of abandoned rail
lines converted to walking trails emerged inFredericton,
the Capital City of New Brunswick. Fredericton Trails
Coalition, a volunteer organization dedicated to
building trails in our beautiful city, was incorporated
and we opened our first trail, the Gibson Trail, in
About this time, the larger vision of a Trans Canada
Trail was born with a natural route through our city.
The stars were all in line when the Irving Corporation
generously donated 377 KM of abandoned line including
the CN Railway bridge to the Province of New Brunswick.
With this gift, the Trans Canada Trail in New Brunswick
could follow south along the St. John River crossing at
Fredericton on its proposed route to Saint John.
The first section of the Trans Canada Trail was
completed in Fredericton in 1996, followed the next year
by the bridge opening. Crossing the river in the centre
of our beautiful city, lookouts from the Bill
Thorpe Walking Bridge provide great views and has
been the meeting place for Frederictonians and their
friends ever since. Fredericton, with a population just
over 54,000, claims more than 88 km of non-emmisioned
multi use trails, which are accessible to pedestrians,
wheelchairs and cyclists.
As of 2015, 19.3 km have been paved. In the winter
months many of these trails are groomed for
cross-country skiers, snowshoers, as well as walkers.
Our trail network, including the Trans Canada Trail, has
the superb advantage of following waterways, creating a
quiet restorative place to walk, bike or just sit and
enjoy at one of our strategically located sheltered
picnic sites, while other sections travel through
residential areas. Periodically we get a peek at
muskrat, beaver, deer, bald eagles, and osprey while
enjoying the trails and boast of Canada’s only amphibian
conservation area at Hyla
Today the Fredericton Trails Coalition, with
its dedicated volunteer base:
a) Works closely with
the Sentier NB
b) Manages an Adopt-A-Trail program where
hundreds of school children and volunteers acknowledge
the 'ownership' of their section of trail by having a
Trail Cleaning Day.
c) Produces a yearly Trail Guide in
partnership with the City of Fredericton that is
distributed through many outlets around Fredericton,
tourist bureaus and our Trail Visitor Centre, as well as
at trade fairs to our United States neighbours as far
south as Boston;
d) Volunteers and assists the staffing
at the Trail Visitor Centre on the north end of the Bill
Thorpe Walking Bridge;
e) Offers a promotional
presentation to groups throughout the Greater
Fredericton Area, entitled "Oh What A Feeling" (a
15-minute DVD of photos and music), followed by an
overview of our organization with a period for
Questions-Answers. f) And most important, FTC enjoys a
close partnership with the Department of Parks and Trees
of the City of Fredericton to enhance the trails and
work to fulfill our vision of a superb trail network in
our great city. Contact
us if you would like to book FTC for your next
The CN Bridge, renamed the Bill Thorpe Walking Bridge in 2008, at 581 metres (1906 feet) is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world converted from a railway bridge.
Hyla Park on the Gibson Trail, Canada’s first amphibian park, is home to 4 of 5 species of frogs, two of these living in their most northerly location.
The Trans Canada Trail Pavilion was erected on the south side of the Bill Thorpe Bridge and presently has over 3000 names inscribed on its tablets.
The Trail Visitor Centre was built by members of the Fredericton Trail Patrol in 2002 as a replica of the last Train Station that stood in South Devon (now part of Fredericton North).