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Monday, January 8, 2018

Ontario Trail News- Happy New Year.

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Ontario Trails, we wish you the best of the Holiday Season, and a most prosperous 2018! Photo from Algonquin Township Trails.

Upcoming Meetings

Ontario Trails Executive Dec. 21. 2017
Parks Canada Horse Trails in the Rouge, Dec. 21, 2017
Mattawa Economic Development Jan 5. 2018
North Hastings Jan. 15th, 2018
OFATV Board Jan. 20th, 2018
Ontario Trails Board Jan 25th, 2018
North Hastings Cycling Meeting Feb. 18th, 2018
Cycling Summit Apr. 17 and 18, 2018
Trailhead North Apr. 26, 27, 2018
Trailhead SouthWest June 5 and 6, 2018

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

Durham Region Bike Shop
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Canadian Trail Awards
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 Cycling is growing in popularity across the province, and we know it’s important to have the right supports in place to make it more convenient for people to use their bikes. That’s why we are investing approximately $2.5 million from our carbon market to fund this new program.

Through the Commuter Bike Parking Program, we will install eight bike lockers at each of 15 commuter parking lots across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, creating a total of 120 bicycle parking spots. The program is also funding 28 bike rooms at 26 GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area, starting with the Appleby, Markham, Mount Pleasant, Bronte, Unionville and Stouffville stations.  Details Here.

Dress Right for Allright at Night
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Extreme Cold Weather
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Algonquin Trail Opens!
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Did your trail make the list?
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Conservation Authority gets Budget Increase
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Birding Takes Flight
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Be A Guided Hike Leader - Rouge Park
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Snowshoe Races Return
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New Appointments at National Capital Commission
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Have a Safe Snowmobile Season
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Conservation Act Changes Low Impact
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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)

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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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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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1) Algonquin College program on-line

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2) OTC Website for your Mobile

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6) OTC Youtube Channel
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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
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Wayne Terryberry
McMaster University                        
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Jason Davis
Renfrew County

Terri LeRoux

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

Mike McDonald
Hamilton Trails Committee          

Dr. Bob Payne
Director                                       Individual                                           Email

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.

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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.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Ontario Trails News - Trailwise, Trailhead Events, Trail Activities and more Ontario Trail News

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  • Trailhead Events • Trail Activities • Ontario Trail News •
Algonquin Trail Opens!
Please join the OTC in celebrating  this community success - Jason Davis is on our Board and several of those photographed are members of OTC!
Sean Chase/Daily Observer With this ribbon cutting ceremony on Murphy Road, the County of Renfrew officially opened the Petawawa section of the Algonquin Trail Friday. In the photo are (left to right) County CAO Jim Hutton, Petawawa CAO Dan Scissons, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association (OVTA) vice-president Cyndy Phillips, County forestry/GIS manager Jason Davis, Renfrew County ATV (RCATV) Club directors Dwight Panke and Dave McIntosh, Arnrpior Reeve Walter Stack, Ron Moss, representing Ottawa Valley Cycling and Active Transportation Alliance (OVCATA), Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet, Terry Vaudry, with Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC), Margo Johnson, Mark Johnson, OVTA director Damien McCarthy, County director of development and property Craig Kelly, Nicole Panke, RCATV president Teresa Hebb and Stephen Hebb.PETAWAWA – The Algonquin Trail is officially open for business in the Town of Petawawa.
Local dignitaries, active transportation advocates and snowmobile and ATV organizations were on hand Friday for a ribbon cutting at the trail's intersection with Murphy Road to dedicate a small section of the 219-kilometre Algonquin Trail which runs along the decommissioned Canadian Pacific Railway.
Organizations such as the Keetna Snowmobile and Recreation Club, Timberline Snowmobile Club, North Renfrew Snowmobile Association, Calabogie and District Snowmobile Club, the Whitewater Sno-Goers, Snow Country Snowmobile Association and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs District 6 have supported the necessary upgrades along sections of the trail such as brushing, grading, application of aggregate and signage. However, more work needs to be done before the entire trail network is ready to go.

Find Your Favourite Winter Trail!
Be sure to share these links with your friends and colleagues. Click the picture for the most complete list of trails by winter activity.


As we say - everyday, somewhere in Ontario, Ontario Trails makes a difference in trails. Membership renewals were e-mailed at te end of November - we wrote - 

Your support enables Ontario Trails to make a difference by maintaining an office and helping the 200+ communities that turn to us for help, in your area and everywhere in Ontario.

Memberships run from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 each calendar year. This is why you are being invoiced now.

The Ontario Trails Council hosts an award winning website promoting all of Ontario's trails, including trails in your area!

You have several ways to renew or sign up:
By adding your name to our automated system at Memberplanet through the button below.
Or via more traditional means:
Print the attached invoice and send a cheque to:
OTC 500 Main St. Deseronto, ON. K0K 1X0
Download the Membership Form, complete and send back with invoice to the address above.

The OTC is more though -  Please continue to support our work. Renew today!
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City of London - Parks and Forestry

The City of London supports walking and cycling as active ways to enjoy the many special features London has to offer either as a recreational pastime or as a means of transportation. Routes within the city consist of on-street routes, off-street routes and multi-use pathways.

In addition to the pdfs of the map above, you can also see these routes using London's interactive CityMap.

Interested in exploring London's Environmentally Significant Areas? Check out the Upper Thames River Conservation Authority's website link.

For more information on bicycle safety and rules of the road, see the Cycling Skills Guide link on the right.

Ontario Trails simplifies your Membership Connection!Over the years the Ontario Trails Council has worked to provide services that give you value and results for your membership support. We are constantly working to improve services and your ability to easily provide feedback on our efforts.

In March the OTC Board endorsed moving to a more automated system of membership management, deciding to use the platform Memberplanet. More information on this can be found at Memberplanet.

The OTC is working to implement this system.  The ways to Memberplanet should make membership management easier include:

1) Account information accuracy
2) On-line membership renewal
3) Contact status updates
4) Group news

The membership planet platform provides all of these, including invoicing and receipt generation functions. So if you have an A/P department to report too, this should make your paper trail readily available to you!

When you start the process you'll be directed to this window. We are working on updating existing members to the database. So if you are an existing member, just bookmark this information for reference. We'll send you reminders about renewing at renewal time, in late November each year.

Ontario Trails All Year Long! 
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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!

5. Send us your Trails video - we'll be posting content on-line 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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News Release

Ontario Providing More Opportunities for Seniors to Stay Healthy and Active

November 15, 2017

Applications Now Open for the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund

Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund from not-for-profit organizations, with a new stream this year geared towards projects for seniors that boost physical activity and healthy living.
The fund supports one or two-year projects aimed at increasing opportunities for people of all ages so that they can become more active, by helping them learn new skills and encouraging lifelong physical activity. Last year, more than 120 projects were supported by the fund which included helping children with medical conditions and disabilities increase their participation and establishing hiking groups for students with mental health disabilities.
For 2018, the fund will expand support for seniors programming as part of Aging with Confidence: Ontario's Action Plan for Seniors. This new funding stream will help give seniors more opportunities to stay fit and connected to their communities.
The deadline to apply is January 16, 2018, and recipients will be announced in winter 2018.
Investing in communities' health and well-being is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation. 


  • More than $30.6 million has been invested since the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund launched in 2013.
  • The fund is a key priority of Game ON – the Ontario Government’s Sport Plan which is providing opportunities for residents to get involved in organized sport by strengthening the community and recreation sector.
  • Aging with Confidence: Ontario’s Action Plan for Seniors is the Ontario Government’s vision to help seniors remain independent, healthy and active, safe and socially-connected.
  • As part of the Action Plan, the Active for Life Recreation stream is investing $5 million to create up to 20,000 opportunities annually in sport and recreation for seniors across the province.



Ontario Trails wants to Know!
Hi - the OTC has listened to people and through recent consultation with:

1) Conservation Area Managers via Conservation Ontario forums, plus Park and Recreation Managers via Ontario Parks Association  Parks and Recreation Ontario we have added Dog on Leash and Dog off Leash Categorizations to your trails. We will designate but you have to tell us which ones. Also knowing if you have a dog park in your area would help as we could then also direct dog owners to these parks as well. We can add your message.

2) Hunting Off Trail - we have been talking with the Conservation Officers Association and Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and it's that time of year where many hunters using ATV, dirt Bike or other means access hunt lands off of trails. Do you allow this off of your trail(s)? We can add this information to your trails. We can add your message.

In both cases this information is viewable off our handheld website so all trail users can know this.

Both groups have indicated this would help with prosecution (if needed) trespass and landowner protection as usually signs are often deficient, or with many access points its difficult to know whether there is a sign at all access points, and in fact whether these staffs are there to educate (which they would prefer) or police.

Please advise.