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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Ontario Trails - The Best in Ontario Outdoors recognized by Peers

Ontario Trails Council President recieves Queen Elizabeth II 2012 Diamond Jubilee Medal

“I was very surprised. It’s quite an honour and to get it from your peers to say that you have done a good job means a lot,” says de Wit. “I feel honoured, but I think there are a lot of people out there that are just as deserving.”

De Wit, who is president of the Ontario Trails Council, was chair of a committee formed in 2009-2010 that was responsible for distributing $8.3 million in federal stimulus funding earmarked for trail development in Ontario. With contributions from the private sector, close to 100 projects totaling about $25 million were approved across the province.

“It helped create jobs, it left a trail legacy, built trail capacity and it involved hundreds and hundreds of hours of volunteer time,” says Patrick Connor, a Medal Recipient as well, Executive Director of the Ontario Trails Council and one of de Wit’s nominators. 
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“The guy makes a difference. He’s a leader and he makes a difference. These medals are really a small recognition – a really nice recognition – of his volunteer leadership. It has made a difference in my life and in so many other lives.”

The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal serves to honour significant contributions and achievements by Canadians. During the year of celebrations, 60,000 deserving Canadians will be recognized.


Ontario Trail Membership
Membership renewals for 2013 are going out December 1st, 2012 We are sending them to you as our contact person - but is there someone else that has to absolutely get the invoice in your organization? We wish to make sure they land on the right desk! Board members or staff will be calling to confirm over the next weeks.

OTC Membership is Value for Money : How do we stack up? This year we will have1,000,000 unique visitors to the OTC website. For trails there is no other leader - not even nationally - and I quote from Context Creative:

"ComScore is a leading analytics organization that provides industry standard rankings used by many companies to assess their performance and investments in the digital world; many agency planners only go off ComScore numbers in their media buying initiatives. There are a couple of other trail sites as well, but Suite66 wasn't able to locate another one big enough to be reported in ComScore. So this is also impressive that OTC is present there.
For the month of September 2012, Canadian stats:
OntarioTrails.on.ca65,764 UVs (Unique Views) / 329,511 PVs (Page Views)
ComScore reports the following for comparison:
national outdoor org  50,440 UV’s / 249,000 PV’s
national geographic org:  41,000 UV’s / 114,000 PV’s"

So please tell you administrators that even in terms of a couple of hundred dollars in marketing expense, more people will see and use your trails because of your presence on the OTC website. The site is no longer supported by the province - so we need your financial support to manage, update and improve the site every day! Join Today - Use Paypal!

Trailhead Ontario:June 9-11, 2013Our Favourite Place, Peterborough

Our Plan for 2013 – We are working with the full support of  Our Favorite Place (RTO8), Peterborough and the Kawartha’s Tourism and a number of local trails groups to bring you the best Trailhead Ontario yet!. There are a lot of new trails and trail tourism partnerships in RTO8. The Ontario Trails “Trailhead Ontario 2013″ Committee is  is pleased to announce the Holiday Inn Waterfront Peterborough as the location of our conferencing. Site locations for our trail education program are being determined now.
New for 2013 -Regional Tourism development includes trails. Trail packages, trail experiences, trail destinations. This takes a blending of major destinations, natural topographies, parks, conservation, county forest and up to 18 different trail activities. What’s in your “Trail Mix”? What’s our plan for marketing this unique matrix of dynamic outdoor experiences so that the world can find the world’s best range of trail fun right here at home. 

Ontario Trail Experiences on our Youtube Channel
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Horses -  

Rural communities in Wellington County are constantly seeking to increase economic activity. The horse industry has been one of the major forms supporting economic growth in rural Ontario. This research will investigate the potential for horse trail system development in Wellington County. The resu...


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