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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Ontario Trails News - your source for trail information about Ontario's trails

Ganaraska Forest Trail

Hike Haliburton Festival

Ontario Trails and Ontario Equestrian Federation launch horse survey
ontario horse survey
Download the Map App!

ontario trails mobile app
Customer Reviews
by klc0718
What a fantastic app! I am always looking for new trails near home and while camping and this will make it so much easier! I love the level of detail... length, difficulty, terrain, photos etc. I've read some negative reviews complaining about the map coverage and the omission of some trails...But I find it quite fine for my needs and there are usually links to the appropriate trail association's website for those requiring a higher level of detail. I think it's a great starting point for when you want to get an idea of what's around you but you don't want to waste several hours doing internet research. And there are many, many trails in Ontario; I'm not surprised if they aren't all included in the very first edition of this app. I'm sure Ontario Trails will be more than happy to include any missed trails that people bring to their attention. Personally, though, I find the current listings to be quite comprehensive. Great work Ontario Trails!
Super app 
by szturmowka
I was waiting for something like that for long time I am big fan of hiking

Spartan Race -Do you have the Trail?
spartan race
About Spartan Race:

We do 5+k, 12+k and 20+k obstacle course races throughout eastern Canada each year during the months of May, June and July.  This season our events were hosted at Hardwood Bike and Ski. They are currently seeking a new venue for the 2014 race season.
  • 5+k events typically host 5-7,000 racers and 2-3,000 spectators per day and are 2 day events (Saturday, Sunday)
Basic information on venue requirements:
  • Within 1 - 1.5 hours of GTA
  • Elevational changes (we have done events at multiple ski locations)
  • Wooded areas
  • Sufficient open space for location of our "village" and several of the obstacles (although most obstacles are placed along the course)
  • Water - lake, river, stream is highly desirable but not mandatory
  • Electric connection near the village area is highly desirable but not mandatory
  • Access to sufficient parking (onsite is desirable, but remote is acceptable).
  • Parking for 5-7000 racers 
If you have the trails and the site - give me a call! Patrick 613-396-3226

Trail Questions
1) Capital Funding for Trails - Please take a minute to complete the capital funding section of our survey. A s many communities head into the budget cycle other communities want to get an idea of the relative and comparative amounts communities of similar size are investing in their trails. Please go to:

capital data survey


Does your forest landbase ever get land transferred to it through someone’s estate?  If so,
1.       How do you get the word out about transferring land over?
2.       What kind of process is involved?  Do you have a contract that outlines how the land will be managed, any disclaimers, etc?
3.       How often does this happen?
Linda Touzin, R.P.F. District Forester Tel:  613-258-8268 Fax: 613-258-3920 Email:

Trails Education - Select a Program!
algonquin college trails education

We have updated the program and our 14 module program is here for the using. If you have staff to train, trails to manage or want a session in your area on a particular topic let us know. We'll coordinate a session or series on your behalf.
Volunteer ManagementView PDF
Business Planning and BudgettingView PDF
Regulation and LegislationView PDF
Ecosystem and Natural HeritageView PDF
Wilderness First AidView PDF
Food and NutritionView PDF
Marketing and PromotionView PDF
Health and SafetyView PDF
Technology for Trails - Level 1View PDF
Trail Design (2 days)View PDF
Trail Risk ManagementView PDF
Trail Committee DevelopmentManual
Trail Steward- On Line LearningProgram
Trail Planning - On LineProgram

Performance Measures - Trail Counts!

ontario trails counts
Low maintenance - Using weatherproof decals our methods allow users to quickly and easily provide you with information you need to assess, improve, direct, re-direct, or provide information to the user - while on the trail. Our proprietary method has been developed by over 140 trail users and with the input of The City of Thunder Bay and Norfolk County Trail Managers.

Packages - OTC Member? - Take $25.00 off each package!
  • Blue - 4-10 trails:  $300.00 plus HST and registration fees
    • Maximum 20 sheets of decals
  • Green - 10-20 trails: $500.00 plus HST and registration fees
    • Maximum 40 sheets of decals
  • Gold - 20 or more trails: Starting at $1,000 plus HST and registration fees
    • TBD
Go to Trail Counts! to purchase. Thanks
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