Sunday, April 20, 2014

Ontario Trails News- information about Ontario Trails and related trails activity

Ontarians Step into Nature to show off their favourite Conservation Areas
NEWMARKET [April 16, 2014] – The votes have been tallied and the results are in! Conservation Ontario, the organization that represents Ontario's 36 ...
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The Hindu
Home News Lead a Jane's Walk in your neighbourhood next...
Visit to nominate a friend to be a walk leader. Last year, 150 Jane'swalks were held in Toronto; more than 800 walks took place in ...
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Keep fit and walk to school: new research shows walking to school is generally safe for children
A new study from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) has found that walking to school in Toronto is relatively safe and children are safer when ...
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Ontario Place Park Hosts First Urban Bike Race Since Closing Today
TORONTO, ON - For the first time since its public closing in 2011, Toronto's iconic Ontario Place will open its gates today, April 19, 2014 to play host to ...
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Bridge Under Troubled Waters: Canoe Crosses Flooded River
Joe Keating pulls his son Joe along Willow Road through the flooded Otonabee River near Peterborough,Ontario on Friday, April 18. Spring run off is ...
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Fanshawe Conservation Area opens for the season
The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority employs over 70 full time and ... staff to provide quality outdoor recreational opportunities in southwestern Ontario. ... An annual pass gives access to all threeconservation areas.
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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Ontario Trail News - a viewpoint on the CycleON Strategy

Healthy Kids Welcomes CycleON Strategy Funding 

Good Afternoon,
I am writing to share some exciting information that supports our commitment to health promotion and demonstrates the ongoing collaboration between several ministries.
This week the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) released #CycleON Action Plan 1.0, the first of ongoing series of multi-year action plans for implementing Ontario's Cycling Strategy. You may know that in September 2013, MTO released #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy to outline the government’s 20-year vision for cycling in the province. Both Ontario’s Cycling Strategy and the associated Action Plan 1.0 were developed after extensive consultations, which I know some of you had the opportunity to participate in.
The Cycling Strategy’s Action Plan features MOHLTC initiatives including the Healthy Kids Community Challenge, the Healthy Communities Fund and the ongoing work of Public Health Units. The Action Plan is now posted on the MTO website and can be accessed by clicking here. As part of the Action Plan 1.0, the MTO also announced, subject to the Budget being passed, funding over three years that will help municipalities expand their local cycling routes and support connections for a future provincial cycling network. More details can be accessed here.
We are very supportive of the work of MTO, and the ongoing collaboration between over twelve ministries and agencies as it aligns with our health promotion and chronic disease prevention objectives, and the government’s commitment to provide the people of Ontario with safe, healthy, active transportation choices.
Thank you,
Kate Manson-Smith
Assistant Deputy Minister
Health Promotion Division
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Ontario Trails News- we garner support from some new and returning sources - thanks!

Georgian Bay Coast Trail and INAC Support OTC Consultation Work 
Just wanted to say thanks to the folks with the Georgian Bay Coast Trail, the OTC has been retained by the GBCT to facilitate development and community support for completing this rugged hiking trail on the shores of Georgian Bay. Our thanks to the GBCT and our partners at Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, Magnetewan, Shawanaga, Henvey Inlet First Nation(s) and Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve for their support of this significant trail development. Our working group has been meeting regularly for a few months and we look forward to the future!

Accessibility Directorate Supports OTC Project
Through the generous support of the Ontario EnAbling Change Program, the OTC wrote a grant to establish best communication and information practices for Ontario's trail organizations and the grant was approved.

A more formal announcement will follow.
Ontario Trails Council Website Refresh - some hints

Through the generous support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport our web re-design team has been working for 6 months to complete a website renewal to satisfy the trail sector.

With nearly 1 million unique visitors a year the OTC is pleased to provide content that showcases Ontario's world class system of trails. Watch for the new site online in early April 2014!

Development News -

Ontario Trillium Foundation Funds OTC Partners Project
Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation - Ontario Trails Council Inc., as lead organization on this collaborative $25,000 over one year to hire a part time project facilitator to help implement key steps in the Kinghorn Trail business plan.

This includes securing a lease for the trail property and the creation of a detailed development plan through community consultation.

The 111 km multi-use recreation trail will provide opportunities for physical fitness activity for residents and visitors in the Thunder Bay Region.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ontario Trails News - all about the unique value of Ontario Trails

About Membership - Mr. Jack De Wit, OTC President

Dear Members - With your support this week we achieved new levels of membership support.

I often get questioned what are the benefits of an OTC Membership? Well as a charity you are supporting our good works. From Kenora to Temiskaming to Windsor to Cornwall.

The OTC is the only 18 discipline, all trails, multi-use, single use, trail development, fund seeking, policy changing, government influencing, community assisting trail organization in Ontario. And more.

And only one of a handful of this type, nationally.

Your financial support may not return directly to your community, but with it, by keeping the OTC viable, we are able to preserve or develop trails somewhere in Ontario.

Further in this bulletin we will tell you about some of the programs and services your financial support allows us to pursue and secure.

Right now we are assisting in trail development or programs in Northern Ontario, Georgian Bay, and in South Western Ontario, as well as Toronto, Hamilton, Hastings, Middlesex, Peel, Simcoe, and other places!

We still have real services to pay for, telephone, audits, travel etc. So please take the time to renew your support today!
Sincerely, Jack De Wit, President.

JOIN - PRICING - By credit card or mail (all include 13% HST)

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Small <200 td="" trail="" users="">$103.00$13.39$116.39
Medium 200:5000 users$257.50$33.47$290.97
Large >5000 users$772.50$100.42$872.92
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ontario Trail News- join, support, use, link to or find an Ontario trail today!

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.

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 Web site. 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.


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 organziations, 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.


Member Requests

1) Algonquin College program on-line

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2) OTC Mobile App - for iProducts and Windows

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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

9) OTC Board 2012-13
Ontario Equestrian Federation

Dan Andrews - Secretary/Treasurer     
TrailADE Consulting
Paul Ronan
Ontario Parks Association

Frieda Baldwin
Simcoe County Trails

Wayne Daub
Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs

Igor Hoogendoorn
International Mountain Biking Association
855-255-4094 ext.108

Tim West
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

irsten Spence
Northern Ontario Representative
Jeff Muzzi
Manager, Forestry Services, Renfrew County

Patrick Connor
Ex-officio - Executive Director

We currently have 2 vacancies on the OTC Board. If you are interested please e-mail Jack De Wit to discuss.

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.

OTC Event Planning Guide
Call 877-668-7245


OTC Trail Committee Manual
Call 877-668-7245

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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 Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Sault Ste. Marie Thank you very much for your support!

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The Ontario Trails Council is a charitable organization, incorporated in 1991, that promotes the creation, development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails in Ontario.

Surveys and Networking!
Don’t forget to join anyone of the following information tools:
Be sure to get a copy of the latest OTC E-bulletin (circulation 880+) - here
Join one of our facebook pages (>6000 friends) - here
Add or Edit your trail - here
Complete a survey - here
Twitter to or at us (12840 followers) - here
Join the blog - here
Join Trail Counts - here
Take an On-Line Education Course - here

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Ontario Trail News - share the Ontario Trail experience!

Trail Heros

Know 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.

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!

Become a trail development leader. Join Ontario's first ever series of 14 trail education courses in the development and management of trails. Designed for both volunteers and professionals. Next On-line Course begins February 3rd. Topic - Trail Planning. Register today - registration is open 24/7  
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Join OTC

The Ontario Trails Council is a nonprofit charitable organziation, established in 1988, that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails. With over 130 organizational members and 25 individual supporters the OTC continues to grow! Support trails in Ontario - join the OTC

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 130 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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