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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ontario Trails - Cycle Toronto, OCTRA Awards, and more activity on Ontario Trails!

Cycle Toronto looking for volunteers – apply by Friday!


Cycle Toronto (formerly Toronto Cyclists Union) is looking for new volunteers who are interested in helping out on the Bikewatch volunteer team this summer at various events.

If you like talking about cycling issues, and want to hang out with like-minded and friendly bike advocates, please apply by Friday, March 15.
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Competitive trail rider brings home top honours

Michelle Watling and Klein receive high point and high mileage trophies during Ontario Competitive Trail Riders Association awards


Competitive trail rider brings home top honours. Competitive trail rider, Michelle Watling and her horse Klein, brought home considerable hardware from this year's Ontario Competitive Trail Riders Association awards held Saturday (Feb. 16). Honours included a Highest Mileage award; Klein has tallied more than 1,000 competition miles over the past five years. Catherine Whitnall
(BEXLEY) Sometimes, it's not whether you win or lose but how you run the race. If anyone knows the truth of that, it's Michelle Watling.
Recently, Mrs. Watling was the recipient of several Ontario Competitive Trail Riders Association (OCTRA) awards recognizing her achievements - and those of her horse Klein - over the past year.
While there are four different types of competitions covered by OCTRA - endurance, set speed, ride and tie, where two people take turns riding and running the course, and competitive - Mrs. Watling and Klein only compete in the latter. With competitive riding, the individual and horse have a designated time to complete a course. Points are deducted for completing the course too slowly - and too quickly - but it's actually the horse's health that can mean the difference between going home with a win or simply going home.
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ATV ride nets $44,500 for cancer

Posted Mar 14, 2013 By Emma Jackson



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 Left, Theo Janssen, the Nation Valley ATV Club's Ride for Dad co-chairman, joins Ottawa Senators alumni and celebrity ride captain Brad Marsh, centre, and Nation Valley ride captain Jeff Leizert at the club's first Ride for Dad event on March 2.
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Left, Theo Janssen, the Nation Valley ATV Club's Ride for Dad co-chairman, joins Ottawa Senators alumni and celebrity ride captain Brad Marsh, centre, and Nation Valley ride captain Jeff Leizert at the club's first Ride for Dad event on March 2.
EMC news - Canada's first ATV Ride for Dad kicked fundraising into high gear in early March, bringing in $44,450 for prostate cancer research and support.

The Nation Valley ATV Club based in Winchester led 256 riders on the 100-kilometre trail on March 2, attracting riders from across the province and raising more than four times their goal.

"Our original goal was $10,000 total," said club vice-president Mike Chicoine. "It was far beyond our expectations."

He said the $26,000 raised in rider pledges took them above and beyond what they expected, and combined with $4,400 from the silent auction, $7,500 from registration fees and a $5,000 donation from Scotiabank the total amount was staggering.

Riders came from Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Barrie and across the Ottawa Valley to participate in the event.
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ATV ride nets $44,500 for cancer

Posted Mar 14, 2013 By Emma Jackson



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 Left, Theo Janssen, the Nation Valley ATV Club's Ride for Dad co-chairman, joins Ottawa Senators alumni and celebrity ride captain Brad Marsh, centre, and Nation Valley ride captain Jeff Leizert at the club's first Ride for Dad event on March 2.
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Left, Theo Janssen, the Nation Valley ATV Club's Ride for Dad co-chairman, joins Ottawa Senators alumni and celebrity ride captain Brad Marsh, centre, and Nation Valley ride captain Jeff Leizert at the club's first Ride for Dad event on March 2.
EMC news - Canada's first ATV Ride for Dad kicked fundraising into high gear in early March, bringing in $44,450 for prostate cancer research and support.

The Nation Valley ATV Club based in Winchester led 256 riders on the 100-kilometre trail on March 2, attracting riders from across the province and raising more than four times their goal.

"Our original goal was $10,000 total," said club vice-president Mike Chicoine. "It was far beyond our expectations."

He said the $26,000 raised in rider pledges took them above and beyond what they expected, and combined with $4,400 from the silent auction, $7,500 from registration fees and a $5,000 donation from Scotiabank the total amount was staggering.

Riders came from Niagara Falls, Hamilton, Barrie and across the Ottawa Valley to participate in the event.
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By Dale Clifford, Peterborough Examiner
The season is winding down for the Kawartha Nordic Ski Club but enthusiasm remains high for the way it has transpired and for the next campaign.

The club, founded by a group of avid cross-country skiers in Peterborough in 1976 and located about a 40-minute drive north of Peterborough between Haultain and Apsley off Hwy. 28, has experienced growth in recent years and seems to be growing and becoming more popular all the time.

There are currently 800 members, ranging in age from two to 80 and at all levels, which is a far cry from about 10 years ago when it was about half that. It has also fared well in day use skiing, with several thousand visitors coming out between its normal season of December to March. That included about 400 alone who came out over the Family Day weekend.

“Interest in cross-country skiing is growing in the Kawarthas and much of that is because of the facilities here and what we have done,” said David Woodfine, the club’s trails co-ordinator. “We are trying to attract more people and a lot has been done. We’re not that far from Peterborough. When people get here, it’s worth it.”
He said there are many reasons for the upsurge in recent years, including such things as introduction of a youth program, going to both skate and classic styles, improvement to the trail system with the help of state of the art equipment and the building of a clubhouse – among others.

Woodfine said the club has invested more than $400,000 in the past decade and have been helped by three grants (more than $200,000) from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
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Milton seniors medal at Winterfest


Milton seniors medal at Winterfest. Bob Walker (left) and Arnold Huffman display their Winterfest medals. Graham Paine / Canadian Champion
Speaking to his lifelong involvement in athletics, Bob Walker mentioned one particular group affiliation that sparks a hearty chuckle.
It’s certainly not the first.
“There’s about 400 of us from all over southern Ontario called the SHNOBS. It stands for Ski and Hike Now Or Be Sorry,” said the 85-year-old Miltonian with a smile, no doubt anticipating the imminent laugh.
The acronym is quite humourous, but carries an underlying serious message about the importance of physical fitness — one that Walker takes to heart.
“I don’t go to the gym. This (skiing and hiking) is how I stay in shape.”
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Do you have a trail that comes into park, runs around the arena or pool and you'd like to know more about cross flow and traffic integration? Ontario Trails can offer this same method to integrate additional feedback from your other recreation facilities as well - producing for you a comprehensive report on traffic, quality of experience at your arena, pool or tourism destination - giving you a sense of aggregate operation and our 4 F's - "fit, flow, funding and function."


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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.  

 NATURAL/ HISTORIC SITES When you’re entering the region from any direction the noticeable feature that differentiates Peterborough from other Cities or Counties in Ontario is the distinct rolling hills.  These hills, while beautiful when full with fall foliage, have a unique history behind them.  When the last ice age was receding, it left behind large pockets of sediment, which it picked up while proceeding to grow and freeze everything in its path.  These pockets of sediment are what create the rolling hill effect you see now.  The leftover hills are called Drumlins and Peterborough is home to one of the largest Drumlin fields in Canada.  The reason is unknown, however when traveling along the trails or the roads, makes sure you keep an eye out for the next hill and think about how it really was created. Become a Trailhead Ontario Presenter - tell us about yourself!

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Ontario Trail Projects - this page details our work in 32 areas of Ontario.
Ontario Trails Council liaise with the province, and through membership input we conduct a variety of surveys and create reports that guide decision makers at all levels - these include:
  • Trail Priorities
  • Accessibility
  • Land Use Planning
  • Ontario Cycling Route Commentary
  • Use of Maintenance Vehicles on Trails
  • Community Development
  • Event Planning for Trail Groups
  • Safe Trails Manual
  • Regional Tourism Trail Inventory RTO12

And more. We can get you to a significant trails audience.

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Ontario Trail Council Membership

Membership renewals for 2013 started going out December 1st, 2012. Thanks to the 77+ organizations that have renewed so far!

On behalf of OTC we thank you for your support. If there is a group you know that is not a member contact us and we'll send them a note on membership benefits.
 

THANKS! MERCI! 
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The Ontario Trails Council Appreciates the support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation




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