Weekly E-Bulletin of the Ontario Trails Council. The provincial trails association in Ontario. Week of  June 1, 2017
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Ontario Trails thanks the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities for their Support!
We wish to thank the Board and Directors of the federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities for their support of our work. We do a lot of work in NOrthern Ontario and we know the communities appreciate the planning and guidance we bring.

As we work with all municipalities in the promotion of trail activity, best practices, risk reduction and economic development we want the membership to know, more than ever we are working with groups to improve your ability to improve the quality of life for the public through trails.

Many thanks FONOM!


Ontario Trails

Want to learn more about trails in Northern Ontario? Ontario Trails is holding a spring conference in Sault Ste. Marie on April 26-27, 2018. Visit TrailheadNorth.com for more info.

You can also complete a survey for Northern trail use. Click here.

http://www.fonom.org/


Hickling Trail Opening - a "Happy Trails" project.



Congratulations  to all the groups that made this trail happen!



Ontario Trails All Year Long! 

Add an Ontario Trail Logo to your website! 

Ontario Trails WeekOntario Trail DayOntario Trail Count

Watch for it on our social media, our facebook page and in our twitter feed.


Tell us all about your trail event and join us as we celebrate Ontario's Trails!

1. Log in Your Event  - Event spreadsheet.


2. Add your event to our event calendar -  add it here.


3. Post your personalized decal on your Trail - we have one for every group on our list. (see #5 below)

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4. Add your trail user survey to any of your trail pages - we've made one for our members and regions. Get your decal here - 

We've checked the links, if something isn't working simply give us a call - 613-484-1140. We'll be adding these links to the various relevant trail pages in your regions and RTO's/DMO's over the upcoming year!

 ontariotrails.ca/A2ATrail
ontariotrails.ca/ABCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/AlgomaDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/AlgonquinHighlandsTrails
ontariotrails.ca/AvonTrail
ontariotrails.ca/BarrieTrails
ontariotrails.ca/BellevilleTrails
ontariotrails.ca/BrockvilleTrails
ontariotrails.ca/BruceCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/BruceTrail
ontariotrails.ca/BurlingtonTrails
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CambridgetoParisRailTrail
ontariotrails.ca/CaledonTrails
ontariotrails.ca/CambridgeTrails
ontariotrails.ca/CCCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/ChathamKentTrails
ontariotrails.ca/CKTCTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ClaringtonTrails
ontariotrails.ca/CLOCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/CochraneDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/CollingwoodTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ConservationHaltonTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ConservationSudburyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/CornwallTrails
ontariotrails.ca/CRCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/CVCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/DiscoveryRoutesTrails
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DistilleryLaneTrail
ontariotrails.ca/DrydenTrails
ontariotrails.ca/DufferinCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/DurhamMountainBikeTrails
ontariotrails.ca/DurhamRegionTrails
ontariotrails.ca/EaglesNestTrail
ontariotrails.ca/EastGwillimburyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ElginCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ElliotLakeTrails
ontariotrails.ca/EscarpmentBiosphereTrails
ontariotrails.ca/EskakwaTrails
ontariotrails.ca/EssexCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ExplorersEdgeTrails
ontariotrails.ca/FABRTrails
ontariotrails.ca/FOSMTrails
ontariotrails.ca/FrenchRiverTrails
ontariotrails.ca/FrontenacCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/G2GTrail
ontariotrails.ca/GananoqueTrails
ontariotrails.ca/GanaraskaForestTrails
ontariotrails.ca/GananoqueTrails
ontariotrails.ca/GBTCTrails
ontariotrails.ca/GeorgianBayTownshipTrails
ontariotrails.ca/GeorgianBayTownshipTrails
ontariotrails.ca/GeorgianSkiCycleTrails
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/GordonGlavesTrail
ontariotrails.ca/GravenhurstTrails
ontariotrails.ca/GreyCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HaldimandCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HaliburtonCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HaltonHillsTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HaltonRegionTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HamiltonTrailsSurvey
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HamiltontoBrantfordRailTrail
ontariotrails.ca/HastingsCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HBTCTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/HCIATrails
ontariotrails.ca/HearstTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HikeOntarioTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HorseCountryCampgroundTrails
ontariotrails.ca/HuronCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/KawarthaATVTrails
ontariotrails.ca/KawarthaLakesTrails
ontariotrails.ca/KenoraDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/KolaporeTrails
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LakeErieandNorthernRailTrail
ontariotrails.ca/LakeheadRegionCA
ontariotrails.ca/LambtonCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/LanarkCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/LeedsandGrenvilleCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/LennoxandAddingtonTrails
ontariotrails.ca/LondonTrails
ontariotrails.ca/LSRCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/LTVCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/ManitoulinDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/MarathonTrails
ontariotrails.ca/MattawaBonfieldTrails
ontariotrails.ca/McMasterUTrails
ontariotrails.ca/MiddlesexCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/MississippiMillsCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/MoonbeamTrails
ontariotrails.ca/MuskokaDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/MuskokaRTCTrails
ontariotrails.ca/NBCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/NiagaraFallsTrails
ontariotrails.ca/NiagaraPC
ontariotrails.ca/NiagaraRegionTrails
ontariotrails.ca/NipigonTrails
ontariotrails.ca/NipissingDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/NorthDumfriesTrails
ontariotrails.ca/NorthumberlandCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/NorthumberlandForestTrails
ontariotrails.ca/NPCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/OakvilleTrails
ontariotrails.ca/OF4WD
ontariotrails.ca/OFATVTrails
ontariotrails.ca/OFSCTrails
ontariotrails.ca/OFTRTrails
ontariotrails.ca/OntarioNature
ontariotrails.ca/OrilliaTrails
ontariotrails.ca/OshawaTrails
ontariotrails.ca/otra
ontariotrails.ca/OttawaTrails
ontariotrails.ca/OxfordCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ParrySoundDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/PeelRegionTrails
ontariotrails.ca/PenetanguisheneTrails
ontariotrails.ca/PerthCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/PeterboroughCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/PeterboroughTrails
ontariotrails.ca/PetewawaTrails
ontariotrails.ca/PrinceEdwardCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/QuinteCA
ontariotrails.ca/RainyRiverDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/RedLake
ontariotrails.ca/RenfrewCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/RideauValleyCA
ontariotrails.ca/RRATrails
ontariotrails.ca/SarniaTrails
ontariotrails.ca/SaugeenShores
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SCJohnsonTrail
ontariotrails.ca/SimcoeCountyTrailsSurvey
ontariotrails.ca/SNCATrails
https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/SentierPRfr
ontariotrails.ca/SentierPrescottRussell
ontariotrails.ca/SRTATrails
ontariotrails.ca/StCatharinesTrail
ontariotrails.ca/StLawrenceParks
ontariotrails.ca/StormontGlengarryDundasTrails
ontariotrails.ca/StThomasTrail
ontariotrails.ca/SudburyDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/TCTOTrails
ontariotrails.ca/TemiskamingDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/TemiskamingShoresTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ThunderBayDistrictTrails
ontariotrails.ca/ThunderBayNordicTrails
ontariotrails.ca/TorontoTrails
ontariotrails.ca/TownshipMadawaskaValleyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/TownshipofGeorginaTrails
ontariotrails.ca/TRCATrails
ontariotrails.ca/UpperGrandTrailwayAssociation
ontariotrails.ca/UxbridgeTrails
ontariotrails.ca/VaughanTrails
ontariotrails.ca/WaterfrontTrustTrail
ontariotrails.ca/WaterlooRegionTrails
ontariotrails.ca/WellingtonCountyTrails
ontariotrails.ca/WellingtonTS
ontariotrails.ca/WindsorTrails
ontariotrails.ca/YorkRegionalForest
ontariotrails.ca/YorkTrailsSurvey
ontariotrails.ca/YoursOutdoors
 

5. Send us your Trails video - we'll be posting content on-line at https://goo.gl/Fy2bIL and we'd be happy to add to our trails tube - https://www.youtube.com/user/ontrails

Missing? You may want to talk to us about OTC Membership. 613-484-1140 We'd be happy to connect with you.
 



News And Events

Trailhead North 2018 - Sault Ste. Marie

Home

In Spring of 2018 trail enthusiasts and supporters are headed to Sault Ste Marie for two days of meetings and lively discussion about all types of trails.

Our hosts invite you to join us to hear stories from wood and river, hill and valley. We will be talking about the great adventures we share and how to get more folks to love the outdoors the way we do.

April 26, 27th (at least) 2018

REGISTRATION COMING SOON

 

Protect the Grand Trunk Trail - please sign the petitionprotect the st mary's trail


Are your Trails Senior Friendly?
Ontario Newsroom Ontario Newsroom
 

News Release

Helping Seniors Stay Active in Their Communities

June 7, 2017

Ontario Supporting Local Projects that Support Healthy and Active Seniors

Ontario is supporting up to 460 new projects through the Seniors Community Grant program to help seniors get involved and stay active in their communities.

Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla made the announcement this morning at the Coniston Community Gardens in Sudbury, which offers local seniors the opportunity to enjoy raised gardening beds in a city-owned park with the support of experienced gardeners.

The Seniors Community Grant program supports initiatives and projects in the non-profit sector that help seniors across the province stay involved and active in their communities, find volunteer opportunities and engage in continuous learning, with programming and services specifically for seniors.

Supporting healthy, active seniors across the province is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

 

QUICK FACTS

  • The government is providing $11 million over the next three years towards the Seniors Community Grant program, including $2.7 million today to fund up to 460 projects across the province.
  • The theme of this year’s Seniors Month in Ontario is “Live Your Best Life.” The Seniors Community Grant helps to support seniors living active, healthy and engaged lives in their communities.
  • Launched in 2014, the program has invested $7.7 million to support more than 1,300 projects to help approximately 435,000 seniors across the province.
  • Up to 460 projects will receive a total of up to $2.7 million in funding benefitting approximately 185,000 seniors. This represents the highest number of projects funded in a single year since the program’s inception.
  • June is Seniors’ Month: an opportunity to celebrate and honour the knowledge, experience and the contributions that seniors make every day in communities across Ontario.
 
 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES



We need your input!In 2015 we secured 101 respondents to our "The Value of Trails - Measuring the Economic Impact of Trails Survey."  We've added 18 more to the 2017 updates. We have a ways to go. Click through the screen capture below to access the survey.

value of trail survey 2017

There are many metrics to measure in determining the economic impact of trails, and tourism in just one factor. In order to accurately represent a closer economic impact of trails we are requesting your speedy response to our Call to Action for Your Input to our Value of Trails 2017 survey.

With your help we will make an even stronger case for trails and the supports you require to provide a top notch experience at each of your trail destinations. We are also accepting new responses! Many Thanks!

 
Event notice: Ride the GARTRide the Goderich-Auburn Rail Trail on June 4th to celebrate Trails Week in Ontario; meet at the trailhead on Harbour Street, Goderich at 1 p.m. for a leisurely ride. Sponsored by Active Transportation Goderich, and the Maitland Trail Association. More information - Ride the Gart


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https://trailheadcanada.com/program-outline/



Membership Renewals - Thank-you for your Support!We wish to thank the organizations that have already renewed for 2017. We couldn't do our work without your support. Many thanks!

City of Toronto

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A City Within a Park

Toronto has more than 1,500 parks with numerous open spaces and 600 km of trails. The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13% of the city's land area. It includes about 40% of Toronto's natural areas, many of which lie within the ravine system and along the Lake Ontario shoreline. City parks also feature beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, gardens, conservatories, ice rinks, special events and much more for you to enjoy.

Announcements

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Lower Don Trail Closure

Lower Don Trail, south of Pottery Road to Riverdale Park Bridge, will remain closed until July 2017. Learn more about the Lower Don Trail Improvements.

Directories

Parks and Trails Map - https://goo.gl/HsYF8F

Trails Map - front: https://goo.gl/dV7vHb

Trails Map - back: https://goo.gl/0fCemG

 


summer fun guide

Upcoming Meetings

OTC AGM Sept.18, 2017 - Hosted by Hike Ontario
Trailhead Canada November 2017
 

Accessibility

Download the guide, complete our survey.

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Trail HerosKnow somebody that works hard on trails? If so nominate them to be an Ontario Trails "Trail Hero!" We'd be happy to review your recommendations and acknowledge in a small way their contribution to trails in your community.

ontario trails heroes
 

Trail Blog

Every day trails are news! Every day we blog about trails. In communities all over Ontario trails are big news, for cyclists, runners, canoe or horses, every day we capture in one spot all the trail news - local, provincial or national! Join today!

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Trail Leaders!

Join Ontario's first ever series of 13 online trail education courses in the development and management of trails. Designed for both volunteers and professionals. Fall Course seats available 1) Trail Building. Register today  2) Trail Planning Register Today  - registration is open 24/7;

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Join OTC

The Ontario Trails Council is a nonprofit charitable organization, established in 1988, that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails. With over 230 organizational members and 25 individual supporters the OTC continues to grow! Support trails in Ontario - join the OTC.

become a member today!

Learn an Activity

Our website contains information on over 2,600 trails, and a description for nearly 2,000. Learn about the places where you can bike, cross country ski, climb or any of another 15 activities. We are linked to over 240 organizations and a variety of provincial groups that can help you learn an activity or become better at one you already love!

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Add Your Event

We post trail or outdoor events on trail specific Facebook pages, the main OTC Facebook page, and the event section of the OTC website. You can send us your event and we'll post it to these extensive networks. Each week we reach over 20,000 people, so if you want your event known, a bit better, send us the information.

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Add/Edit Trails

An important part of the Refreshed OTC Web site will be a dynamic page dedicated to each trail. It is important that you give us as much information as possible - this will be the only source for creating your dedicated page on the OTC Website. If we don't get the information from you, it won't make it onto the site. If you have any questions about the form, please contact Patrick at 613-484-1140. Thank you for taking the time to add or edit your trail on the Ontario Trails Council Web site.

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Be a Friend of Trails

We invite all trail users to support the work of the Ontario Trails Council. As a registered charity we do our community work based on the support of member organizations, individuals and some government grants. We do the work, in the end for the individual families and folks that use the trails every day. Please consider supporting us as your thanks for your trails. Thank you.

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Member Requests
1) Algonquin College program on-line

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2) OTC Website for your Mobile

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3) Post Photos to Pinterest

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4) OTC on Foursquare

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5) Safe Trails Manual


6) OTC Youtube Channel
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7) Ontario Trails Maps
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8) Enabling Change Program

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9) OTC Board 2016-17

Jack De Wit -
President
Canadian Recreational Horse
and Rider Association
905-655-4666                                    Email


Dan Andrews
Secretary
Lake Simcoe Region CA
705-927-8648                                    Email


Paul Ronan
Director

Ontario Parks Association
647-991-9444                                    Email

William Mungall
Director
Hike Ontario

905-277-4453                                  
 Email

Denise Erickson
Director
OFATV
519-500-3715                                    
Email

Wayne Terryberry
Vice President
McMaster University                          
905-525-9140
ext 26384                    
 Email

Jason Davis
Director
Renfrew County
613-633-9683                                    
Email

Paul Nopper
Township of Madawaska Valley
Barry's Bay, Ontario                          
866-222-8699                                  
 Email


Terri LeRoux
Director

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation                          
800-668-1615 ext. 218                 
Email


Mike McDonald
Director
Hamilton Trails Committee            
Email


Dr. Bob Payne
Director                                       Individual                                             Email


Patrick Connor
Ex-officio - Executive Director
Deseronto
613-484-1140
execdir@ontariotrails.ca


If you are interested in assisting the OTC, through fundraising, membership development, conference planning or as an educator, please e-mail Jack De Wit to discuss.
 cndhrsman@bell.net



Disclaimer
The ideas, opinions, re-posting of news, editorials and content contained in this newsletter are not necessarily the ideas or opinions of the OTC Board or staff. This news is intended for informational purposes only. Any links or libraries, and the content embedded therein are the responsibility of the third party and the OTC is not responsible for their content. Any photos have been forwarded to the OTC for publication.

 

OTC Event Planning Guide
Call 877-668-7245

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OTC Trail Committee Manual
Call 877-668-7245

ontario regional trail committee planner

 


Ontario Trails Membership
On behalf of OTC we thank you for your support. If there is a group you know that is not a member contact us and we'll send them a note on membership benefits. This past week we received a renewal from Selwyn Township.  Thank you very much for your support!

THANKS! MERCI!

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Be sure to join one of our lists on our various twitter pages
 

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Nature Unexpected
Try out a great outdoor experience - close to home, yet far away.
A supporter of Trailhead Ontario 2015
Thank-you.
 
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Header Photo Credit - from Bob Fowler

COMPLETE THIS SURVEY PLEASE

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The Ontario Trails Council has collected over 40,000 points of data on Ontario's recreational trails.

We know that there is a trail in over 430 communities. We know Ontario maintains over 80,000 km of trails.

This means a sizable investment of time, effort and funds has been utilized to create the world's largest system of trails.

This survey asks you to provide more detail on the inputs of time, effort and investment that made trails in your area.

Thanks

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