Work to expand the Trail by 680 km from Grand Bend to Espanola and from Tobermory to Collingwood with funding received from the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport begins. This connection links the northern and southern sections of the Trail, connecting 22 communities.
Frontenac County joins the partnership and the Trail expands to include Wolfe and Howe Islands.
HamBur Loop in Burlington and Hamilton is signed and designated as part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.
The 2018 GWTA route celebrates a number of improvements completed by partner communities:
Construction of the Larry Ladd Harbour Trail Pedestrian Bridge in Oshawa. The bridge is part of a larger $1.3M initiative to remediate former harbour lands for public recreation. The $545K funding for the bridge came from the City, the federal government ($160K) and the Ontario Trillium Foundation ($272K).
14.5 km of HWY 33 between Bath and City of Kingston is resurfaced and widened with paved shoulders to better accommodate cyclists.
City of Kingston builds a 1.7 km asphalt bikeway and multi-use pathway along Bath Road from Collins Bay to Coverdale. This project is supported by $268,500 in funds from the Government of Ontario through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.
The Ministry of Transportation makes significant improvements recommended by the WRT to the western terminus of the Thousand Islands Parkway section of the Trail near Gananoque. The dedicated path is extended to Highway 2 where it connects to a bike lane and eliminates a dangerous crossing on the Thousand Island Parkway.
South Dundas, South Stormont and the St. Lawrence Parks Commission have upgraded a four-kilometre unpaved section of the trail, between the Upper Canada Bird Sanctuary and Upper Canada Village ($156K).