Wednesday, May 22, 2019
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. http://ontariotrailsmap.com
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 trailheadontario.com 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.
Thursday, May 16, 2019
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 Trail||The Bruce Trail is the oldest and longest marked hiking trail in Canada.||23|
|Conservation Area Trails||Conservation Authorities and Conservation Areas protect Ontario's wetlands. In these areas some hiking, cycling and other trail activities are allowed.||109|
|County Forest Trails||Find 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 Trail||The 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 Routes||North 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 Trails||Ontario 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 Routes||Ontario 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 Ontario||Welcome! 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!