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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ontario Trails - Yours to Explore all Weekend Long

OFAH and OCOA promote a safe and responsible hunting season

For Ontario hunters, fall signals the beginning of big game hunting opportunities in the province. Together, the Ontario Conservation Officers Association (OCOA) and the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) want to wish all Ontario hunters ...See all stories on this topic »



The Ontario Trails Council and the Ontario Trails Education Program, in conjunction withInternational Mountain Bicycling Association (ON) are pleased to announce the decison to offer the highly recognized and nationally respected IMBA Trailbuilding Program, as part of its Trail Education Course offerings in Ontario. We are currently working to hold our first course on October 3-4. Please save the date.

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Daniel Scott from IMBA writes, "Students will come away with a firm understanding of the fundamentals of trail design for both hard surface and naturally surfaced trails of various user types. A working knowledge of the design process from the planning phase to ground proofing trail alignments will be both discussed and experienced with examples and a field exercise which will include using field measurement equipment and flagging a trail alignment for construction."

Program elements include:

IMBA will provide for a two day workshop educating on the following elements
• Sustainable Trail Design – Making sure it lasts using various techniques:
• 5 Elements of Sustainable Design - Micro trail design - the fundamentals for bench cut
• Bench cut Trail vs. Raised Tread Trail - when is each appropriate
• 13 Steps to Trail Planning - Macro trail design - how one trail fits within a larger system
• Art of Trail Design - User psychology and design theory in the natural landscape
• Trail Closure & Rehabilitation - Mitigating reroutes & closures through design & signage
• Advanced Design & Construction Techniques – Building in challenging locations:
• Wooden Structures - intro to various techniques and how to design for users types
• Rock Armouring - intro to various techniques and how to design for users types
• Technical Trail Features - Designing trail features specific to various user groups
• Turns - Climbing, In sloped & Switchback - which turns is appropriate for who & where?

Or contact: Graham Burke, Ontario Trails Council
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Sports High School Sports
Daily Miner and News
Connor O'Flaherty was the only one holding back Dryden High School from sweeping the top spot in every event at the sixth annual Northwestern Ontario Cross-Country Run and Mountain Bike Race at Mount Evergreen on Wednesday. St. Thomas Aquinas ...
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Bike Sharing - City of Kingston, OntarioBicycle Racks in the City of Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

City of Kingston, Ontario, Canada — Survey: Bike Sharing in ...Survey: Bike Sharing in Kingston. St. Lawrence College, Queen's University and the City want your input to help develop a Bike Share System in Kingston.

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Daytripping: Blue Mountain near Charleston Lake makes a fine day's hike
Ottawa Citizen
We hiked up Blue Mountain. Not the Blue Mountain ski hill near Collingwood, Ont., or the famous Blue Mountain coffee region in Jamaica, but the Blue Mountain that overlooks Charleston Lake in Eastern Ontario. With an elevation of about 170 metres, it's ...
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Car vs. bike may become bike vs. e-bike on Sherbourne
Globe and Mail
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Sunday September 30
Bruce Trail Day is an annual event celebrating Canada's oldest and longest footpath, hosted by the Bruce Trail Conservancy and each of its nine Bruce Trail Clubs. Click here for the complete list of  Bruce Trail Events along The Bruce Trail.

Limehouse (Halton Hills, Ontario)

Hosted by: Toronto Bruce Trail Club, Halton Hills Chapter
Date & Time: Sunday September 30, 10:00 am
Join hikers of the Halton Hills Chapter of the for a picnic hike to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Toronto Bruce Trail Club and all the work done by volunteers. There will be displays and information on the Bruce Trail. We'll hike in the Limehouse Conservation area and then enjoy a picnic in the Millenium Garden, next to the parking lot. Bring food to share for our picnic lunch after the hike. All ages are welcome but children but must be accompanied by an adult.
Hike Leader: Heinz Rusche
Meeting Point:
Limehouse Public School, parking lot, Sideroad 22 & 5th Line, Halton Hills
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Terra Cotta Conservation Area (FREE shuttle bus from Toronto)
Hosted by: Toronto Bruce Trail Club
Date & Time: Sunday September 30, 2012; 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Explore the variety of life and beautiful fall colours in one of the most scenic sections of the Bruce Trail. Start by warming up at the Watershed Learning Centre and meeting some of your local Bruce Trail volunteers. Then join Credit Valley Conservation staff for a fun-and-fact filled guided hike at 10:00 am or at 1:00 pm.
Free parking at Terra Cotta Conservation Area for Bruce Trail Day participants.
(Thank you to our partner, Credit Valley Conservation)
Bus from Toronto available (see details in Directions below).


Trail Education
Our event calendar shows weekly adjustments to our course offerings. This week we have added another date for Volunteer Management with Diana Smyth and adjusted out two courses from this current week.

In addition, we have added the new Trail Design Course detailed below. We have also taken calls from some folks wishing to take the Trails Marketing Course in Kingston October 18, 2012. Those seats were block purchased by RTO 9, what we could do is work with you to get another RTO 1-or 4- or 7? to purchase a block of seats so that folks can attend in those areas. Sorry for any confusion this may cause. Thank you.

Be sure to use our array of press or other flyers to circulate to your local papers or possible attendees. All available for use - call - 877-668-7245 or 519-941-8911, or 1-866-560-7783
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