SACKVILLE, N.B. - A large section of the Trans Canada Trail in New Brunswick -- from the city of Dieppe to the Confederation Bridge on the Northumberland Strait -- will be completed thanks to new funding, officials announced Monday.

Gaps in the trail that will be connected include le Sentier de l'Etoile, which runs along historic dike lands next to the Petitcodiac River.

The route between St-Joseph and Dorchester will also be developed, as will portions between Sackville and capes Jourimain and Tormentine.

The work, funded by $500,000 from Scotiabank and $250,000 from the federal government, is "an important step in helping the TCT reach our bold goal of a fully connected trail, from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic coasts, by Canada's 150th birthday in 2017," said Valerie Pringle, co-chair of the Trans Canada Trail Foundation.

Once complete, the trail will stretch almost 24,000 kilometres across the country. Now 80 per cent connected, the recreational route promotes activities including hiking, cycling, horseback riding, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.