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Friday, March 18, 2011

Morning Round-Up: 11 Articles of Interest

Fingers still crossed for federal 1812 funding
Sault Star
Caputo said those applications do not include whatever funding local Parks Canada facilities may receive for their own War of 1812 activities. The federal government did initially put up money for a new Heritage Discovery Centre at the Old Stone House ...
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Trails of 1812
Discover 1812
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Sparrow Lake – good to ride?
I have a vacation planned (July) at a Sparrow Lake resort and wondered if anyone would recommend bringing the mountain bike along? Any challenging/technical trails? And, are big cats/bears an issue? What about flies and mosquitoes (are they unbearable)?
Ontario Mountain Bike Trails

March Hike for Dog Rescue
Date: March 20, 2011
Time: 12:00 PM to 03:00 PM Price range: Free
We will meet in the parking lot of Marie Curtis Park (off of Lake Shore Blvd. West and 42nd street) for 12:00 PM. Parking is free!
Some of the raffle prizes include;
- A beautiful gift basket from Pet Stuff full of doggie treats and toys
- A gorgeous Fit-A-Bull dog collar
- Stop K9 Profiling t-shirts
- A box of dog treats
Toronto Trails
Toronto Parks, Recreation and Forestry

Last Call: 1st Annual Kawartha Lakes Kayak Bass Tourny
This is a final call for any kayak/canoe anglers wishing to participate in our upcoming Bass Tournament on August 13th 2011. Cost: $50
Location: Pigeon River, Omemee ONTARIO
Sponsors: Kayak Angler Magazine, Nucanoe,, The Grand Experience Restaurant etc etc
First Prize: 10' Nucanoe Angler Kayak
Prizes for all anglers! This is a friendly competition.
It will be a great day. Provincial Park is located on site for out of towners!!
Ontario Canoe and Kayak Trails

Ontario Nature Greenway Coordinator
Ontario Nature protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement, connecting thousands of individuals and communities with nature. We have a network of more than 140 affiliated nature organizations across Ontario and a staff of 20. Ontario Nature's 80-year history of protecting nature in the province provides the foundation for our current priorities. These include conserving an interconnected system of greenways and waterways in southern and eastern Ontario, protecting Ontario's boreal forest, protecting and recovering endangered species, and connecting people with nature through meaningful volunteer experiences and information on Ontario's wildlife and habitats.

The Greenway Program Coordinator will work with staff and partner groups to coordinate the planning and implementation of Ontario Nature's efforts to conserve biodiversity and natural ecosystems throughout southern and eastern Ontario. Key to success is an ability to work collaboratively with a broad range of partners within the not-for-profit, government and private sectors.
Ontario Hiking and Walking Trails
Hike Ontario

Nature In Deed new resource for rural living
Rural landowners now have a place to turn for comprehensive information about rural living and land management. The Lanark County Stewardship Council, with input from former Environmental Education of Ontario chair Elise Houghton, partnered with several non-government organizations and the Ministry of Natural Resources to develop a web portal linking rural landowners to practical information. Nature In Deed ( was recently launched.
Ontario Trails
Nature Indeed

March snowmobile fatalities can be prevented
OPP and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) are concerned about an increase in fatal snowmobile incidents this March. While the number of deaths investigated by the OPP has seen an overall decline to date this season, five tragedies in the past couple of weeks indicate that sledders are not adjusting their riding habits to the late season conditions. The causes of these tragic deaths are common, predictable and preventable, given that alcohol or excessive speed has played a direct role in nearly every fatal incident investigated by police.
Ontario Snowmobile Trails

Vertical Aim
Ice climbing guidebook for Ontario Ice Climbers. Covers some of the most common ice crags in southern Ontario.
Ontario Ice Climbing Trails
Ontario Climbing Trails

Toronto Sun ski columnist Lori Knowles explores Ontario ski resorts offering both alpine & cross country skiing...
“You know, Lori,” a friend reminded me recently, “not all parents like to downhill ski.” I’d been extolling the virtues of the ski life, marvelling at what a fabulous, all-inclusive winter family sport skiing can be, when she dropped that bomb on me.“I’m willing to take the kids skiing because they like it,” she continued, “but I don’t want to ski myself. I’d much rather do something else.” Ontario Ski Trails (that's why we list ski reports on our website - they also have X-xountry!)