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Ontario Trails News - Ontario Trails supports children's charter for Ontario's trails

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OTC Supports Children's Charter

Press Release
October 24, 2013
Contact:  Patrick Connor
Ontario Trails Council
1-613-396-3226
execdir@ontariotrails.ca

Ontario Trails Council supports the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter

The 170 members of Ontario’s trail association, the Ontario Trails Council (OTC) representing over 400 communities, 18 trail activities and 80,000 kilometers of trail supports the Ontario Children’s Outdoor Charter.

Announced by the province on October 17th, 2013 and developed by a coalition of agencies including the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and the Back to Nature Network, (Ontario Trails Council is a member), the intent of the Charter is to provide a framework that can be used by organizations and individuals to encourage and advocate for children to explore, discover, play, learn, and understand our environment.

“At OTC our members know that escalating rates of inactivity translate to increasing childhood and early adult obesity. Using a local trail, to walk, ride, or climb, with your child for 20 minutes a day is an easy, fun way to win the fight for your kid’s health,” says Patrick Connor, Executive Director of the Council.

As a charity the Ontario Trails Council has created an award winning websitevisited by nearly 1,000,000 people a year to find a trail to use near them.  The OTC also has a handheld map app that allows you to find a trail nearby, wherever you are in Ontario!

The Ontario Trails Council is pleased that Ontario is the first province in Canada to adopt such a charter.

For more information on Ontario’s trails visit the OTC website atwww.ontariotrails.ca

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