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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Ontario Trails - Trailwise Newsletter

Weekly E-Bulletin of the Ontario Trails Council. The provincial trails association in Ontario. Week of January 31, 2013
from Bob and Jean
• Education • News • Updates • Sharing
•  Requests • Meetings • Activity
Ontario Grant Program(s)government of ontario
1) The Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) is a grant program that supports a vision of getting and keeping Ontarians active in community sport, recreation and physical activity. Application deadline for both Provincial and Local/Regional projects is March 19, 2013 by 12:00 noon ESTInformation here

2) Ministry of Community and Social Services has just launched this the 2012-13 EnAbling Change Program.  One of the two funding priorities this year are “Healthy Living, Leisure and Recreation – increasing access and awareness of healthy living, leisure and recreation opportunities for people with disabilities.” Information here

On-Line Education Program! Class starts February 1

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Starting this February, Algonquin College, in partnership with the Ontario Trails Council is offering two new online courses in trails management. In just four hours, you can complete the Trail Steward introductory course on how to become an active member of a trail management crew. Follow this up with the second course to learn the groundwork of organizing and planning sustainable trails.

Hurry! These online courses start soon. For details and to register, visit:

OAD3000 – Trail Steward  (February 1 - March 1, 2013)
OAD3001 – Trail Planning  (March 1 - June 7, 2013)

Ontario Trails and Cycle Toronto - working togetherontario trails cycle toronto

Ontario Cycling Summitontario cycling forum

Ontario Snowshoe Trails

Ontario Cross Country Trails
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Ontario Dog Sled Trails
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Ontario Snowmobile Trailssnowmobile permit day

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Daily postings about Ontario Snow Trails, cross country, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, snowmobiling, trail locations and activities on Ontario Snow trails.
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Ontario Parks Updatesontario parks ski report
Many folks like to ski or snowshoe in Ontario Parks. Be sure to follow this page for regular updates on open and closed parks in the winter, and, which parks are open or closed for your favorite winter activity.

{Get} 12 Apps Essential for Rural Ontario Livingontario trails app

Ontario Trail Council Membership
Membership renewals for 2013 started going out December 1st, 2012. Thanks to the 33+ organizations that have renewed so far!
This past week we had renewals from - Lanark County . Thanks!

THANKS! MERCI! join otc

Local Trails News
Algonquin Park:
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Nor'wester Ontario:
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Trail Education - On-Line Courses Start Feb 1education notice 1

Trailhead Ontario 2013
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More Information

Join us at Trailhead Ontario - June 9-11, 2013 as we discuss "Ontario Trails - From Recreation to Tourism."
Supported by Regional Tourism Organization 8 - Our Favorite Place.

Did you Know?

First Nations had been in the Kawartha area since before 1000 A.D. and there are two notable sites surviving from this era – Petroglyphs Provincial Park and Serpent Mounds.  We’ll share more on these intriguing sites later.

The Curve Lake First Nation is Mississauga Ojibway First Nation located in just north of the City of Peterborough.  Here they play host to the Cultural Centre that allows you to step into history and surround yourself in the culture and history of Curve Lake First Nation, with artifacts and unique exhibits we will take you into a world of storytelling, Art, History and ceremony.

Trailhead Ontario Website

Trailhead Ontario Registration - Early Bird Ends April 1, 2013

Our Plan for 2013 – "From Recreation to Tourism" 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.

Become a Trailhead Ontario Presenter - tell us about yourself!

Sign Up for Trailwise
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Be sure to sign up for the weekly OTC Newsletter "Trailwise" you can sign up at the link through the picture link.

Or if you prefer download a recent copy from the OTC Website - Here

Trail Management Guides

Ontario Trails Council - Regional Trail Development Guide: developed in partnership with the Trans Canada Trail, this guide helps communities develop trail stakeholder committees. Once formed these committees help to:
  • Mitigate Trail Use Conflict
  • Seek Funds
  • Encourage Use
  • Work to reduce Trespass
Want a copy or a seminar? Contact OTC - 877-668-7245

Ontario Trails Council - Safe Trails Guide:developed with the support of the Ministry of Health Promotion, this guide includes recommended best practices on:
  • Code of Conduct
  • Permits
  • Trail Maintenance/Development
  • Qualifications to Develop Trail
  • Reporting
  • Trail Audits
  • Forms
  • Waivers/Assumption of Risk
Want a copy or a seminar? Contact OTC - 877-668-7245 

Ontario Trails Council - Event Planning Guide -perfect for the trail group planning to develop trail or hold a fund raising event to support an activity or a trail project. Content includes:
  • Event Ideas
  • Attracting Volunteers
  • Promotion
  • Critical Path to the Event (6 month step by step, from idea to event!)
Want a copy or a seminar? Contact OTC - 877-668-7245

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Trail Heroes

Know somebody that works hard on trails? If so nominate them to be an Ontario Trails "Trail Hero!" We'd be happy to review your recommendations and acknowledge in a small way their contribution to trails in your community.

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Trail Blog

Every day trails are news! Every day we blog about trails. In communities all over Ontario trails are big news, for cyclists, runners, canoe or horses, every day we capture in one spot all the trail news - local, provincial or national! Join today!

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Trail Leaders!

Become a trail development leader. Join Ontario's first ever series of 14 trail education courses in the development and management of trails. Designed for both volunteers and professionals.  Register today - registration is open 24/7 until the morning of each training event. 

Faculty Member Diana Smyth

Join OTC

The Ontario Trails Council is a non-profit charitable organization, established in 1988, that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails. With over 130 organizational members and 15 individual supporters the OTC has influence! Support trails in Ontario - Join the OTC

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Learn an Activity

Our website contains information on over 2,600 trails, and a description for nearly 2,000. Learn about the places where you can bike, cross country ski, climb or any of another 15 activities. We are linked to over 130 organizations and a variety of provincial groups that can help you learn an activity or become better at one you already love!

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Add Your Event

We post trail or outdoor events on trail specific facebook pages, the main OTC facebook page, and the event section of the OTC website. You can send us your event and we'll post it to these extensive networks. Each week we reach over 20,000 people, so if you want your event known, a bit better, send us the information.

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Member Requests

1) Capital Budgets - link to google doc shared - please share your trail budget we'd like to know who is getting what around the province. Thanks!

2) Executive approves pilot to program trail use counter and QR code methods. Watch for roll out.

3) OTC/Cycle Toronto Beltline commentary ratified by Toronto City Council Jan 30.

4) OTC working with Norfolk County on Feb 27 on horse trails!

5) OTC wrote letter to City of Welland asking for reversal of lease cessation on East Side Canal Trail

6) OTC consulting with MNR on land permit applications, approvals and processes

7) OTC wrote City of Toronto on Beltline trail development

8) OTC exploring FedNor grant in support of Kinghorn trail

9) OTC Algonquin program on-line by Feb 1, 2013.

10) Do you have a winter trail maintenance policy? Please forward to Ontario Trails

11) What is your liability exposure on a complete, but NOT yet opened trail? Please forward your information to Tom Beeton

12) How do you support donors on your trail signage? Please send examples to OTC.

13) Please renew your OTC Membership - TODAY
"New trails are still to be developed in Ontario. Existing trails need to be maintained and expanded. Trail organizations in Ontario need one common voice to advocate for them. We need a central source to promote funding opportunities and act as a communications link between trail groups." Ray Gilbert Bruce Trails Network

14) Next OTC Board Meeting Mar 18, 2013. Using JoinMe internet meeting service.

15) Liability Survey Arising from our meeting with the ADM and staffs October 1, 2012
Short Form
Long Form
Please complete ASAP

16) Hamilton Conservation discount passes - Additional rewards :-)

17) Anybody aware of any sanctioned "free run" dog trails? Came up at Toronto Beltline Trail Meeting. Please call OTC Office with information

18) Credit Valley Conservation looking for support from Shell Fuelling Change Project

19) OTC Mobile App - for iProducts and Windows

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20) Jeff Muzzi wants information on forestry and trails master plans, as well as comprehensive trails plans so that he can help his county work with all facets of trail development, tourism, active transportation, health and land management. Contact Jeff at Manager, Forestry Services, Renfrew County 613-633-9683

21) Petawawa Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a few volunteers to start a trails club/committee. Are you interested in making Petawawa a great place to walk, hike and bike on trails through out the Town. Want to find out more give us a call at 687-5678

22) Anne Wier with Economic Development, Leeds and Grenville Counties wishes to have more information from communities that have successfully used gas tax or gas tax surplus funds to build trail. Please contact Anne at:

23) peace garden trailsCheck out the latest trail opening here.

24) Thanks to The Great Waterwayfor their support. Contact Graham Burke if your RTO wants to do the same!

25) Millennium Trail PEC Blog - often looking for volunteers

26) Each week 100 folks talk about us and we reach over 21,000 on facebook alone. Check us out

27) Membership section of OTC website updated - get your loginand password today!

28) Director section of the OTC website updated - get your loginand password today! New content added - Guideline for Interpreting Financial statements and Past Meeting Minutes.

29) CPRA Looking for Infrastructure and Parks Volunteer e-mail John Lohuis at Niagara Parks
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30) Add your trail

31) Add your event

32) Prescott-Russell look for links on website for Masterplan

33) The Toronto Bruce Trail public bus hikes

34) Follow the Education Program on Facebook

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35) Follow the Education Program Updates on Twitter
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36) Post Photos to Pinterest
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37) OTC on Foursquare
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38) Winter Hikes with Rainbow Routes
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39) OTC Education Partner
Ontario Parks Association

40) Snowshoe program at Wye Marsh
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41) Hot Chocolate better in Orange Mug
cottage life hot chocolate article

42) OTC Youtube Channel
ontario trails youtube channel

43) Trail Priorities Survey

44)Trail Reform Now Survey

45) Trail Projects 2012

46) Ontario Trails Maps
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47) Enabling Change Program

48) OTC Board 2012-13

Ontario Equestrian Federation

Ron Purchase - Treasurer
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

Dan Andrews - Secretary
TrailADE Consulting

Lorrie Mackness
East Gwillimbury Trails Committee

Paul Ronan
Ontario Parks Association

Frieda Baldwin
Huronia Trails and Greenways

Wayne Daub
Oxford Trails Committee

Alan Medcalf
Frontenac Arch - Cycling

Igor Hoogendoorn
International Mountain Biking Association
855-255-4094 ext.108

Patrick Connor
Ex-officio - Executive Director

Bill Goulding
Professional Trail Builders Association
BillGoulding@sustainabletrails.comJeff Muzzi
Manager, Forestry Services, Renfrew County

Bonnie Simpson
Recording Secretary


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Ontario Trails Council appreciates Ontario Trillium Foundation Financial Support

The ideas, opinions, re-posting of news, editorials and content contained in this newsletter are not necessarily the ideas or opinions of the OTC Board or staff. This news is intended for informational purposes only.

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