Prince Edward Island trail gets financial boost that will see it finished

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CHARLOTETOWN, - A $1 million donation and an additional $400,000 from the Trans Canada Trail will help complete Prince Edward Island’s portion of the project ahead of a deadline in 2017.

The donation comes from The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.

Tourism Minister Robert Henderson says the Confederation Trail, as it's known on P.E.I., will help attract visitors to the province.

He says the trail will be fully complete from Tignish to Elmira and from Wood Islands to Borden-Carleton in time for the 150th anniversary celebration of the Charlottetown Conference next year.

Prince Edward Island will become the second province to complete its portion of the trail after Newfoundland and Labrador.

Foundation trustee Nancy Baron says it is delighted to support the Stratford to Iona portion of the trail on the island.

The provincial government says the largest unfinished section of the trail is the 15-kilometre stretch between Vernon River and Iona, but construction is already underway.

About 30 kilometres of the 444-kilometre trail remain to be completed in total.

Organizations: Trans Canada Trail, Confederation Trail

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Prince Edward Islands, Tignish Elmira Wood Islands Borden-Carleton Charlottetown Newfoundland and Labrador Vernon River

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