Monday, June 15, 2020

Places to Run, Ride Your Bike and Saving the Land for Greenbelt and other Trail Related News

There's always something happening on Ontario's Trails

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When COVID-19 prevented Toronto residents from going out and doing whatever they pleased, they began hitting the city’s trails and pathways more and more to keep active by cycling, walking and running. Seeing the sudden surge of outdoor activity, the city decided to create ActiveTO, an initiative that reserved 57 kilometres of Toronto streets for pedestrians and cyclistsThe only issue with ActiveTO was that there was no map available for the public, so five Toronto organizations (Cycle Toronto, Walk Toronto, The Bentway, Park People and Spacing Magazine) teamed up to make one, which they named SafewaysTO.


Environmentalists, farmers renew push to shelve Pickering airport, save prime farmland

Land was purchased by federal government in 1972 to build airport

Advocates for farmland in Pickering, part of a group called Land over Landings, want the remaining land preserved for agriculture instead of a proposed airport. (Jonathan Castell)

Environmental organizations and farmers are renewing calls to protect land in Pickering slated for an airport, saying Ontario is missing out on what could be a secure source of local produce.

The federal project has been in limbo for decades and the group says that's led to a missed opportunity to expand southern Ontario's fruit and vegetable production on prime farmland.

The land, 18,600 acres, was acquired by the Liberal government of then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau in 1972 for the construction of an airport.


Chesley’s Inn wins bike friendly award

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By Nick Seebruch
Chesley’s Inn wins bike friendly award
Owner of the Inn Robert Prowse (Shawna O'Neill/Seaway News).

CORNWALL, Ontario – Cornwall’s Auberge Chelsea’s Inn is one of 19 businesses from across Ontario’s 13 tourism regions to be recognized with the Bike Friendly Business Award from the Ontario By Bike network.

“The level of service and enthusiasm that these 2020 award winning businesses welcome cyclists with surpasses our bicycle friendly certification criteria and truly is beyond exceptional. Cyclists are taking note and spreading the word. We are pleased to recognize their efforts serving the cycling community, both locals and cycle tourists.” said Louisa Mursell, Executive Director of Ontario By Bike / Transportation Options.


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Ontario Trails - consider donating to our work, here's why...

A call for membership.
Ontario Trails 6 point program for trails and trail activities:
1. Public Interface: over 1.5 million trail users find trails via the OTC website, this builds 'trails' public profile. #1 referrer site for Waterfront Regeneration Trust Trail, 15% or 150,000 users find your trails through an RTO via Trails Tourism - membership support helps OTC pay for all the hosting, mapping, updates, referrer links, event postings, etc. that makes our websites work.
2. Education and Best Practices: Ontario Trails continues to deliver on trail education through Algonquin College, in classroom conferencing through our Trailhead Ontario Events at and via specific advice through our Ask an Expert or specific committee work, such as our work with The Frank Cowan Company, and Direct Bearing Inc. on Risk Management Practice.
3. Community and Collective Positions on Issues - we work to create collective input and community positions on trail use, conflict reduction, flood advisories, logging open/closed, trail seasonality open/closed, trespass reduction, injury and threat of harm reduction across communities of users (this is real - landowners and users, car drivers and cyclists, dog sledders and animal rights, etc.) this is a constant theme of our work. We answer phone calls, emails, social media and help groups with complaints one way or the other.
4. National and Provincial Representations: the OTC is in the preferred position of advocacy with the federal and provincial governments. Your input on issues and our collective response to funding, legislation, process, issue management, and OTC collective weight, has made and continues to make, a difference in trail operations. Our meetings in December with the federal government we believe this will result in an $11 million dollar envelope of federal funds for trails. Last Friday we met provincial representatives and we asked them to match.
5. OTC Finds Funding for Trails and Trail Activity - since 2003 the OTC has found ways to sustain itself via programs and services. Our key priorities have been sector recognition and member sustainability. This caused our membership to grow from 28 to 240, from $3000 to over $50,000 (when all renewed and paid up). We have secured over $35 million for trails funding, we have written over $4 million in support grants, we encouraged the province to fund Community in Action, CycleOn, Active 2010, TDF, OTF and other funding streams like Great Lakes Guardian, we have written tourism, risk management, trail management, lighting, maintenance and other professional or audit documents enabling trail groups to provide better and safer trails to the public.
6. Policy, Regulation and Legislation: from the Ontario Trails Strategy, the Ontario Trails Act, ensuring trails as part of the PPS (Provincial Policy Statement), securing rail trails against surplus loss, AODA and Ontario Trails Coordinating Committee recognition of 'the natural environment vs. build environment expectation", to direct in community face to face-saving of trails, protections of the OLA, LFA, Conservation, Snowmobile and other Acts; the securing of trails and reducing trails anxiety - these are real policy, real regulation and real ground truths that OTC has had a hand in.
At this time we could use your support. If you or your organization benefit from these actions - please contact the office so we can facilitate your membership!
If you know of a group that should become a member (like you) please forward them this email. Ask them to call and talk to Patrick 613-396-3226
Just today we shared this message with Peter, the President of OF4WDE and he picked up the phone and renewed. We hope you will too.
Wayne Terryberry
OTC President

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Ontario Trails Leads in Ontario Trail Brand Promotion

Ontario Trails Continues to Lead in Trail Brand Promotion

Recent updates include the inclusion of Trail Tourism Routes, Ontario Parks Trails, Rail Trails and refinements to other listings. Add your trail by brand today.

Bruce TrailThe Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada.23
Conservation Area TrailsConservation Authorities and Conservation Areas protect Ontario's wetlands. In these areas some hiking, cycling and other trail activities are allowed.109
County Forest TrailsFind your favourite trail in one of Ontario's many County Forests. County Forests and Forest Reserves are important areas where logging and land management takes place.28
Great Lakes Waterfront TrailThe Waterfront Regeneration Trust has been in operation since 1992. During that time, we’ve made significant progress in making the trail a great place for people to visit.50
North Hastings Scenic RoutesNorth Hastings Scenic Routes offers thirteen unique and interconnected routes, each with its own personality and charm. Posted highway signs direct visitors, and help you stay on track.13
Rail TrailsOntario Rail Trails are former rail beds that have been turned into trail-ways. Ontario Rail trails have gradual slopes, wide trail beds and are often multi and shared use.61
Trail Tourism RoutesOntario trail tourism routes are activity trails that include a combination of trail activity such as hiking or biking with buttertarts, ice cream, quilts or breathtaking scenery that include trails.30
Trans Canada Trail OntarioWelcome! The Trans Canada Trail (TCT) in Ontario connects approximately 150 communities through a collection of linked multi use trails.47

Monday, September 17, 2018

Ontario Trails News - a huge trail donation, Trailhead Events, Safe Trail User Pledge, Trail Business Registry, Ontario Trail Heroes and more!

A Huge donation from a real trail lover - thank you.

Are you a Trail Friendly Business? Let us know and we'll promote your support of trails!
All over Ontario, there are thousands of bike shops, hiking gear stores, camping backpacking and equipment suppliers, providing you with what you need for your Ontario trail trip!The Ontario Trails Council is interested in counting your contribution to trails, by logging your business as a trails supporter. Your business contributes to and enhances the trips that people take on trails. Ontario Trails wants to acknowledge your contribution and create a network of business providers so we can showcase you in our huge database of trails.


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We can link you provincially, regionally and even locally.
Select your type of connectivity!
We are looking for:
  • Existing trail friendly business
  • Trail stores, outfitters, retailers
  • Restaurants that are rated trail friendly by OFSC, OFATV, cyclists, and hikers!
  • Hotels that provide accommodation for cyclists, dogs and are near trail excursion - like the Bruce Trail or Algonquin Park
Over 1.2 million unique visitors use the OTC website 24/7, all seasons to find trails. This translates into over 5 million trips on Ontario Trails!
If you tell us about yourself we'll tell these trip planners about you! Log yourself in today!

Take "The Safe Trail User" PledgeRecently OTC studied trail risk management, attended the Orangeville Horse Meeting and have had an ongoing confrontation with activity groups about their perception of our work towards collaboration between activities.

This, in fact, has been one of the core issues OTC has been tasked to deal with since its inception. In support, we are asking user groups and individuals to take -
The Ontario Trails Safe Trail User Pledge.
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Download the form from our trail etiquette page.

Revitalize your Trails - host a Trailhead Trails Education Symposium
Learn more about what this outdoor recreation education session can bring to your community. Read our prospectus document through the link below.

Welcome to All the Trail Activity we can Find!

Need to Renew? - Use Your Findjoo (find-you) ProfileRecently we sent your most recent organization or member contact person an email like the one below, Renew the profile we created for you!
Troubleshooting notes:
  • To those that were overcharged on taxes refunds have been issued for the overages.
  • To those that the system indicates have paid, in some cases the final transfer of the cash did not come through on our end. We will be sending you our system indicator and we may have to process your payment through traditional means - over the phone through credit card, or via cheque and membership form.
  • We apologize for any inconvenience.

Dear Member

Your Findjoo registration was created by Ontario Trails.

Your account email is your identified OTC contact email. is a site that allows you to make reservations, appointments, register for events, register for courses and renew memberships. You can either visit the site through your profile website or our website for the online options.

Once logged in on, you can access your client accounts by going over the floating "Menu" on the left side of any page.
From the menu click on the user icon.

You can modify your password from the "Your profile" link in the site header.
If you have questions, feel free to contact us through our website

Ontario Trails Council - Membership Team
Watch for this Badge on the Website - click to register your membership online.


Ontario Trails All Year Long! 
Add an Ontario Trail Logo to your website! 
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Watch for it on our social media, our facebook page and on 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 of 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!

5. Send us your Trails video - we'll be posting content online at and we'd be happy to add to our trails tube -
Missing? You may want to talk to us about OTC Membership. 613-484-1140 We'd be happy to connect with you.
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Canadian Trails Federation Board Meeting Sept 15, 2018
OTC AGM September 26, Markham.
November 1, 2018 - Discover Trails with Township of Leeds and the St. Lawrence, Seely's Bay
November 4, 2018 - Ontario Mountain Bike Summit, Brantford
November 5th, 2018 - Trailhead Grand Watershed, Brantford
November 20, 2018 - Trailhead KW to Huron, University of Waterloo
November 21, 2018 - Trailhead Indigenous, Mississauga
December 4, 2018 - Trailhead Simcoe County, Barrie.

More information including: save the date, programs, registration etc to follow over the next two weeks.

VMUTS Revitalization a Big Success 1

VMUTS Revitalization a Big Success 2

Enjoy the Dufferin-Caledon, Wellington Trails

8 Great trails in Brampton

Cheltenham Badlands Reopening

Not everybody likes trails - put in a club and talk with the public!

Conservation Officers Association provides reminders about hunting regs.

Waterfront Trail Ride a big success - see photos here

Update from St. Thomas Elevated Park

Are you a Trail Business? Join our database today!

Trailwise Every 2 Weeks in 2018
All the same great news every 2nd week in 2018! Special Postcards will be sent as required.

Would you support: Community Communication and Defibrillation Kiosks on Trails? Email us.

Tick ProtectionDetails Here

Direct Folks to Your Trails - Use OTC Mobile
Details Here

Canadian Trail Awards
Nominate a worthy trail or person

Social Impact Day from Imagine Canada

Tourism Industry of Ontario Events
Article Here

Waterloo Trails Completing Cycling RoutesArticle Here

Take Me Outside Day - October 24, 2018Details Here

Looking for a Training Trail in Toronto?
Article Here

OTF Grant Education Sessions

New Participaction Guidelines - More Exercise for Kids
Article Here

Get your Copy of Rural Recreation Impact StudyLink Here

Outdoor Education on the Casque Isles Trail
Link Here

Toronto Rail Path Meeting - have your say.
Link Here

Are you a Trillium Recreational Trail? Apply today!
Link Here
Ontario Boosting Tourism through Festivals and Events

Prescott-Russell Feedback


We have just been from Montreal to Ottawa using this trail (Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail) from 31 Aug to 1 Sep 2017 using touring bikes (tires 28C).

Starting at St-Eugene ( but not before) it has the same quality as Petit Train du Nord all the way to Ottawa.

Over the 2 days, we met only 2 cyclists. Quiet and safe, although the small gravel reduced our speed by 10%.

We slept in Motel Rouleau of Alfred (65$) where people were friendly and bilingual. We are thinking to use it again for a trip MTL-Ottawa-Kingston-MTL.

We had difficulty to find the link with the Ottawa bike trails at the end. Loved it and recommend it.

(We have invited the PTBA, Prescott-Russell and the City of Ottawa, the NCC, Ottawa Cyclist Groups, the RDD and Tourism Ottawa to join us at Trailhead Canada to discuss making these Ottawa linkages happen)

AccessibilityDownload the guide, complete our survey.
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Trail HeroesKnow 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.

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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.

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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 2017-18
Jack De Wit
Canadian Recreational Horse
and Rider Association
905-655-4666                                    Email

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

William Mungall
Hike Ontario


Wayne Terryberry
McMaster University                        
ext 26384                  

Jason Davis
Renfrew County
613-633-9683                                 Email

Terri LeRoux

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

Mike McDonald
Hamilton Trails Committee          

Dr. Bob Payne
Director                                       Individual                                           Email

Brad Fauteux
Independent Trails Consultant           

Shane Taylor
Cambridge Trails Committee          

Patrick Connor

Ex-officio - Executive Director

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.

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
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OTC Trail Committee Manual
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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 Selwyn Township.  Thank you very much for your support!

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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.


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