Thursday, December 6, 2012

Ontario Trails - bring on the snow, we've got your Winter Fun on an Ontario Trail

Winter 2012/2013 Ski and Snowshoe Program

On winter Saturdays in 2013 the Toronto Bruce Trail Club will be offering ski and snowshoe trips to resorts across south-central Ontario. We will travel in comfortable highway coaches to resorts like Highlands Nordic, Horseshoe and Scenic Caves. 

Then let our experienced leaders show you their favourite winter wonderlands. Or come discover the magic of winter on skis. Glide through forests and fields on trails groomed for classic and skate skiing. Most resorts offer ski lessons. All resorts rent skis and snowshoes. So invite your friends and join us for some wonderful winter days in the woods. Beginners welcome.    Click Here for Full Details


King family scores big at equestrian awards
Riding family. Christi (from left), Kieley and Mac McQuaker operate Gryphon Farms in Schomberg. Kieley and her dad won awards at the Ontario Hunter-Jumper ...
Draft cycling strategy a move in right direction
Sarnia Observer
Ontario has opened an important discussion about what can be done to make cycling safer. Its draft cycling strategy, released Nov. 30, comes following the recent death of cyclist Gerald Plain who came into collision with a vehicle while he was riding ...
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Passionate about Lake Superior? So is Conor
He has been published widely in Explore, Superior Outdoors, Federation of Ontario Naturalist (Seasons), Canoe and Kayak, Canadian Geographic among many ...
Preparing for winter walking… - Toronto Power Walkers
Toronto Power Walkers - Come and 'walk the distance' with us! ... Even when it is cold, walking feels good once you start – and breakfast is even better! So no ... 

Sackets Harbor, region sees strong interest from recreational walkers
SACKETS HARBOR — The village's recreational walking trails drew strong interest in their first full season of operation, boosted by the War of 1812 ...
Countdown for Icewine starts in Wine Country Ontario.
4, 2012, 2012 (Menafn - Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --Ontario winemakers have ... Events will be hosted throughout the Niagara region and at the outdoor ... 


Hi all, it has been suggested from several sources that this petition is not in the best interest of achieving it's goals at this time. As of now the petition is closed. Thank you for your support and love of Algonquin Park. Perhaps in the future this petition will be restarted, but as of now keep the idea in your hearts and support Algonquin Provincial Park.
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Draft Equine Code of Practice Released for Public Comment

Ottawa, Ontario - Equine Canada and the National Farm Animal Care Council (NFACC) are pleased to announce the launch of the public comment period on the draft Code of Practice for the Care and Handling of Equines. The draft Code can be viewed and submissions made at until February 14, 2013. All stakeholders are encouraged to provide input to ensure that this Code reflects a common understanding of equine care expectations and recommended practices in Canada.



The European Parliament has voted to separate regulation on motorised and non-motorised bicycles, a move two-wheeler associations say will safeguard investment in cycling.

In the plenary session, European lawmakers decided on Tuesday (20 November) that any electronically power assisted cycle (EPAC) under 250 watts and a maximum speed of 25 kilometres per hour would remain a bicycle.

Anything more powerful is considered a motorbike, in line with the European Commission’s original proposal.

Ceri Woolsgrove, road safety officer for the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), said: “We need a clear border line between what a bicycle is and what exceeds the definition of a ‘bicycle’.” Read more


Ontario Trail MembershipMembership renewals for 2013 are going out December 1st, 2012 We are sending them to you as our contact person - but is there someone else that has to absolutely get the invoice in your organization? We wish to make sure they land on the right desk! Board members or staff will be calling to confirm over the next weeks.

OTC Membership is Value for Money : How do we stack up? This year we will have1,000,000 unique visitors to the OTC website. For trails there is no other leader - not even nationally - and I quote from Context Creative:

"ComScore is a leading analytics organization that provides industry standard rankings used by many companies to assess their performance and investments in the digital world; many agency planners only go off ComScore numbers in their media buying initiatives. There are a couple of other trail sites as well, but Suite66 wasn't able to locate another one big enough to be reported in ComScore. So this is also impressive that OTC is present there.
For the month of September 2012, Canadian stats:
OntarioTrails.on.ca65,764 UVs (Unique Views) / 329,511 PVs (Page Views)
ComScore reports the following for comparison:
national outdoor org  50,440 UV’s / 249,000 PV’s
national geographic org:  41,000 UV’s / 114,000 PV’s"

So please tell you administrators that even in terms of a couple of hundred dollars in marketing expense, more people will see and use your trails because of your presence on the OTC website. The site is no longer supported by the province - so we need your financial support to manage, update and improve the site every day! Join Today - Use Paypal!

Trailhead Ontario:June 9-11, 2013Our Favourite Place, Peterborough

Our Plan for 2013 – We are working with the full support of  Our Favorite Place (RTO8), Peterborough and the Kawartha’s Tourism and a number of local trails groups to bring you the best Trailhead Ontario yet!. There are a lot of new trails and trail tourism partnerships in RTO8. The Ontario Trails “Trailhead Ontario 2013″ Committee is  is pleased to announce the Holiday Inn Waterfront Peterborough as the location of our conferencing. Site locations for our trail education program are being determined now.
Photo Credit -Northumberland News
New for 2013 -Regional Tourism development includes trails. Trail packages, trail experiences, trail destinations. This takes a blending of major destinations, natural topographies, parks, conservation, county forest and up to 18 different trail activities. What’s in your “Trail Mix”? What’s our plan for marketing this unique matrix of dynamic outdoor experiences so that the world can find the world’s best range of trail fun right here at home. 
Christine Painter from RTO 8 assists with signs along TCT Trail!

Ontario Trail Experiences on our Youtube Channel
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Horses -  

Rural communities in Wellington County are constantly seeking to increase economic activity. The horse industry has been one of the major forms supporting economic growth in rural Ontario. This research will investigate the potential for horse trail system development in Wellington County. The resu...


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