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.
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. Please attend and give a warm welcome to Ontario Assistant Deputy Minister Phil Malcolmson who will be joining Craig Stewart, and Carol Oitment in discussing new initiatives and supports for Ontario's trails!
We could not have a conference and sustain OTC without their assistance. For this we are grateful.
Our thanks to our Wine and Cheese Reception Hosts - Kawartha Northumberland Tourism at the: June 9, 2013 - 6-8pm! New for 2013 - Northern and Remote - Link-Up: Sign Up and we'll hook you up!
Northern and Remote Communities (only): please note that for a small fee you can participate in the two interactive sessions on-line:
Monday at 1pm est - Great Lakes Trails Panel - with Minnesota, Ohio, New York and Michigan Trails
Tuesday 1pm - Adventure Tourism with Author Loreen Niewenhuis and Author Hap Wilson.
Signage Information - We
have three different signage companies presenting on the latest
techniques and innovations they have brought to market for use in making
trails safer, easier to use and that promote wayfinding for tourists!
Mapping Panel -
the best way to assist trail users or trail tourists is through
effective communication. One popular way is through maps. Maps assist in
telling folks the length of a trip. They tell trail users about trail
location, amenities such as accommodation, restaurants, fuel, supplies
camping, etc. that are on or near the trail.
and map technologies are changing at lightening speed. Google maps, map
integration, handheld maps, topographical maps, mash-ups, waterproof,
gps - all these are new and innovative techniques that communicate the
destination and the experience to the local user or the traveler.
More and more municipalities are
producing local maps by activity and trail to assist these out-bound
adventurers. Our mapping panel has brought together some of Canada's and
Ontario's finest map producers for a discussion on their product lines,
their market segments and the new techniques they are bringing to
So whether you are a trail user or a trail manager producing maps - you'll want to attend this session!
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.
Trail development panel - hear trail association professionals from the
states of Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio and New York as we convene our
internet 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.
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.
would welcome your support, rates are reasonable and it would be great
to have a few provincial trail organization booths at the conference.
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.