Saturday, July 30, 2022

Ontario Trail News - July 30, 2022

 THINGS TO DO

This provincial park in Ontario has a stunning boardwalk to an island

hardy lake
Photo via @explorewithkress Instagram


It's like a pathway to your own private island.

We’ve never met a scenic boardwalk trail we didn’t like, but this one might be Ontario’s best. Hardy Lake Provincial Park is one of the quieter hiking spots in the Muskoka region, with a wooden walkway to take in your surroundings.

There are no visitor facilities or amenities at Hardy Lake, according to Ontario Parks, but the fascinating geological history makes it a destination worth visiting.


Monday, July 25, 2022

Ontario Trail News - July 25, 2022

 

SVCA issues water safety statement

Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Logo.

The Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority advises that a set of severe and complex thunderstorms is forecast today across the watershed. 

This system will likely be unstable as a cold front collides with the hot and humid air mass that currently sits over the region. These complex storms could reach severe limits and bring rainfall amounts between 20 and 80 millimetres, by Sunday evening. 

Ontario Trails Advises that all year round people using trails on or near water be aware of their surroundings and stay safe!

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

Monday, July 18, 2022

Ontario Trails News - July 18, 2022

 

Rec trail getting closer



THUNDER BAY, ONT. — A non-motorized recreational trail for three of the four seasons is closer to reality in O’Connor Township and bordering Conmee Township.

At two of the past three O’Connor council meetings, Fleming Road — the border road between O’Connor and Conmee — is being proposed as part of the Kakabeka Falls to Shabaqua Trail Route.

Both townships are tentatively in favour of the lengthened route, but more work still has to be done.

“It’s a work in progress,” said O’Connor Mayor Jim Vezina. “We like the concept. (The Northwestern Ontario Recreational Trails Association and the townships) are sharing the trail. There’s some areas that aren’t going to be on the trail and some that are.

“We’re not involved in the planning of this at all. Literally, (The Northwestern Ontario Recreational Trails Association) came to us to ask us our permission and, in general, we’re in favour of it.

“It’s like anything else. We’ve got to make sure the legalities stuff is taken care of and our ducks are all in a row. That’s kind of a stage we are at right now. (Len Day of The Northwestern Ontario Recreational Trails Association) came to council a couple of meetings back and we said, ‘Yeah, we’re good with this’, but some of the areas are boundries with other municipalities, so before we’re going to get too deep, make sure you have those municipalities on board too.”

Vezina heard at a July 12 meeting that Conmee was tentatively on board as well.

“Basically, Conmee is in agreement with it in principle too, so now it’s a matter of us looking at the legal side of it,” said Vezina, who has been the O’Connor mayor since 2015. “We don’t mind supporting it, but we’re not going to pay for it and we’re not going to take liability for it.

“To me it looks like a wonderful idea, it looks like it will go through, but I’m not 100 per cent sure when all the i’s and t’s will be crossed and dotted.”

READ FULL ARTICLE

Friday, July 15, 2022

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Ontario Trail News July 13, 2022

 

Government of Canada invests in outdoor community sport and recreation infrastructure across Calgary Français

More than $720,000 in Canada Community Revitalization Fund support to revitalize four outdoor community recreation facilities for the benefit of Calgarians of all ages and abilities

CALGARY, AB, July 12, 2022 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada continues to invest in community-led initiatives that revitalize public spaces, encourage healthy communities, stimulate local businesses, and welcome visitors back. Accessible and modern recreation spaces are key to bringing people of all ages and abilities together, encouraging physical activity, improving mental health, and supporting businesses.


Monday, July 11, 2022

Ontario Trail Clubs and Associations - support a club or a trail today - support free recreation for all.

https://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/support/clubs-and-associations

Clubs and Associations

Ontario has hundreds of recreational clubs and associations that support trails and trail based activity. If you use or love your local trail - Ontario Trails encourages you to get involved or join a club near you!


ALL TERRAIN VEHICLE (ATV) CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs (OFATV) 

National Organization - Canadian  Quad Council 

With information provided by OFATV

support ontario atving

trail etiquette and training

learn the activity

ATV SAFETY


HIKING CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Hike Ontario 

National Organization - Hike Canada

With information from Hike Ontario

support ontario hiking

user education and training

learn the activity

HIKE SAFE PROGRAM


CYCLING CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Cycling Association

National Organization - Cycling Canada

With information provided by Bike ONTours

support ontario cycling

user education and training

learn the activity

CYCLING SAFETY


OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Federation of Trails Riders (OFTR)

National Organization -  Motorcycle Confederation of Canada 

With information provided by OFTR

support ontaro dirt bike riding

user education and training

learn the activity

DIRT BIKE MOTORCYCLE SAFETY TRAINING


DOG-SLED CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Federation of Sleddog Sports

National Organization -  Canadian Harness Dog Sports

With information provided by OFSS

support ontario dog sledding

user education and training

learn the activity

dog sledding safety tips


GEOCACHING CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Central Ontario Geocachers

National Organization -  Canada Capital Geocachers

With information provided by Google

support ontario geocaching

user education and training

learn the activity


SNOWSHOE CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Snowshoe Canada

National Organization -  Snowshoe Canada

With information provided by - Snowshoe Canada and Google Search

support ontario snowshoeing

user education and training

learn the activity


4X4 CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Federation of 4 Wheel Drive Enthusiasts (OF4WD)  

National Organization -   

With information provided by OF4WD

support ontario four by four trails

user education and training

learn the activity

recreational off highway vehicles safety

 

PADDLING CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Recreational Canoe and Kayak Association (ORCKA)

National Organization -  Paddle Canada

With information provided by ORCKA and Wilderness Canoe Association

support ontario paddling

user education and training

learn the activity

orcka safety risk management leadership courses


MOUNTAIN BIKING CLUBS

Provincial Organization - NONE

National Organization - IMBA Canada

With information from SINGLETRACKS

support ontario monutain biking

user education and training

learn the activity


RUNNING CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Athletics Ontario

National Organization - Trail Running Canada 

With information provided by Athletics Ontario

support ontario trails running

user education and training

learn the activity

rrca road runners of america trail safety tips


CLIMBING CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Alliance of Climbers 

National Organization - Alpine Canada 

With information provided by Ontario Rock Climbing

support ontario climbing

user education and training

learn the activity


CROSS COUNTRY SKI CLUBS

Provincial Organization -  Cross Country Ski Ontario

National Organization -  Cross Country Canada

With information provided by Cross Country Ski Ontario

support ontario cross country skiing

user education and training

learn the activity

cross country ski safely


BIRDING CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Field Ornithologists (OFO)

National Organization -  Canadian Society of Ornithologists

With information provided by OFO 

support ontario birding

user education and training

learn the activity


HORSE CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Canadian Recreational Horse and Rider Association (Ontario Chapter)

National Organization -  Canadian Recreational Horse and Rider Association

With information provided by CRHRA and Google

support ontario horse clubs

user education and training

learn the activity

horse and rider trail safety tips


OUTDOOR CLUBS

Provincial Organization - None

National Organization -  None

With information provided by Out-There Website

support ontario outdoor clubs

user education and training

learn the activity

outdoor safety tips by season from scouts canada

 


SNOWMOBILE CLUBS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC)

National Organization -  Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations

With information provided by Google

support ontario snowmobiling

user education and training

learn the activity


FRIENDS OF PARKS ASSOCIATIONS

Provincial Organization - Ontario Parks

National Organization -  USA 

With information provided by Out-There Website

support friends of parks

user education and training

learn the activity