Ontario boasts over 80,000 km in trails. Whether you're in downtown Toronto or North of Superior, we have a trail for you.
The Ontario Trails Council is a registered charity, led by volunteers who promote the development, management, use and conservation of Ontario's trails.
You'll find everything from gentle walking trails to rock faces for climbing and water routes to canoe and kayak.
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Monday, May 13, 2013
Trailhead Ontario - June 9-12, 2013 - All About Ontario Trails!
Join trail advocates, organizations, speakers, builders, use
groups, volunteers, planners and regulators as we discuss, learn and
improve Ontario's Trails!
The Ontario Trails Council,
and the Trailhead Ontario 2013 planning committee wish to acknowledge
the financial support of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and sport in
making this conference happen. We could not have a conference and
sustain OTC without their assistance. For this we are grateful. Please
attend Trailhead Ontario and hear all the latest developments on Tourism
and \recreation from the MTCS!
New for 2013 -
Tourism development includes trails. Trail packages, trail experiences, trail destinations. One such trip is hiking. Hear about "A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK"
Please join Trailhead Ontario as we present Author Loreen Niewenhuis
as she talks about her experience circumnavigating, on foot - the
waterfront trails of the Great Lakes! In 2009, Loreen Niewenhuis walked
the perimeter of Lake Michigan and wrote the bestselling book, "A 1000-MILE WALK ON THE BEACH".
In 2012, she took another long journey, covering 1000 miles of
shoreline touching all five Great Lakes. The book about this latest
adventure, "A 1000-MILE GREAT LAKES WALK",explores the entire Great Lakes system.
In this presentation, she will take you along the shores of all five
Great Lakes and many of the waterways connecting them. In words, photos,
and video, you’ll explore the geology, hydrology, and natural history
of the largest system of fresh water lakes in the world. She will also
illuminate the threats to this massive ecosystem: invasive species,
pollution, destruction of wetlands, and the gradual warming of the
Niewenhuis speaks with the authority of an expert as she has a M.S.
degree in the biological sciences. She raises important questions about
preserving our wild places and protecting the fragile ecosystems on
which we all depend.
International Trail development panel - hear trail association
professionals from the states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and New York
as we convene a panel on cross border trails tourism, promoting the
Great Lakes Basin. Hear how trails are developed, managed and promoted
by our counterparts just across the Ontario/USA Border.
Local Initiatives - Kawarthas Northumberland are promoting trails and
trails activity in new and exciting ways. Working with trail groups is
the cornerstone of the RTO8 trails development agenda. Come and hear how
Kawarthas Northumberland is working with Trent University, Fleming and
the Trans Canada Trail on the development of regional initiatives such
as, heritage trails, provincial trails day (June 1st) and a variety of
other seasonal marketing initiatives for trails and trail towns.
We would welcome your support, rates are reasonable and it would be
great to have a few provincial trail organization booths at the
Kawarthas Northumberland - Trail Events
Trail Risk Management -June 11-12, 2013
This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the elements
associated with managing risks related to trail planning, development
Topics will include: Introduction and Overview, Developing a Risk Management Framework
The Canadian and Ontario Legal Systems Negligence and Liability
The Law and Trails, Insurance and the Transfer of Risk
Occupational Health and Safety
Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA)
HIRA Application on the Trail
On the Trail Again
Risk Assessment Assignment to work on at home with guidance from the
instructor.This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the
elements associated with managing risks related to trail planning,
development and management.
Instructor: Matt Cruchet
Matt Cruchet founded Direct Bearing Incorporated as a vehicle to help
organizations navigate risk. Matt’s strengths lie in operational
assessment where he uses his experience in the not-for-profit,
youth-service, adventure travel, natural resources and emergency
planning industries to evaluate and manage risk. Matt is a recognized
outdoor risk management expert, consultant, author and speaker.
Direct Bearing Incorporated has also worked with over 100 other
organizations ranging from youth service groups, camps, natural resource
companies, adventure tourism.