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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ontario Trails News - Trail News from all over Ontario's trails!

New Member!Brantford Trails

Parks & Trails 

The City of Brantford prides itself on the quality parks and trails it provides season after season for residents and visitors to enjoy. Some parks provide a peaceful, relaxing setting where you can enjoy passive recreational activities, while others are venues for sports and active pursuits. The City's gorgeous private and public gardens have been recognized with several titles in the Communities in Bloom competition.
The City offers nearly 70 kilometers of natural trails that are perfect for running, cycling or hiking. With constant upgrades and additions, there's always somewhere new to explore along the way.

We Thank Our Renewing Members!

Caledon Trails 

Forks of the Credit Provincial Park at Cataract Falls.
Photo by Gary Hall
The Town of Caledon features over 65 parks and has access to 260 km of trails. In Caledon, there are playgrounds, picnic areas, splash pads, tennis courts, sports fields, a leash free park, a skateboard park, trails for cycling, walking and running as well as open spaces.
There are many options for people of all ages to enjoy outdoor recreation. Make the great outdoors a part of your active lifestyle.

Hike Ontario

2014: An Exciting Year in Hiking 
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Hike Ontario. To celebrate we are returning to where it all began for our Annual Summit. From October 31st to November 2nd we will be in Guelph as guests of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club. This is very appropriate as Hike Ontario started as the Federation of Ontario Hiking Trail Associations at Henry Graupner`s home in Guelph.
Several changes of venue later, we are Hike Ontario and comprise 30 Trail Associations and Hiking Clubs with approximately 13000 members. We also advocate and supply information to the provinces walkers and hikers. As such we had a critical role in the drafting of the 2005 Ontario Trails Strategy. Now almost 10 years later, this plan is being reviewed. This and the current political situation in Ontario provides us with a great opportunity to push the ministries involved and all Ontario political parties towards active plans and policies that support hiking, trail associations and landowners who are generous enough to allow the use of their property for people to hike without charge.
Please consider advocating on behalf of Hike Ontario and the hikers and walkers of Ontario by speaking to your member of the provincial parliament as well as any candidates from the other political parties about the need for support for sustainable volunteer managed trails.

Tom Friesen
President, Hike Ontario

Port Hope Trails

Lace up your hiking boots and start doing your stretching exercises. The Municipality of Port Hope offers diverse and interesting walking and hiking trails that can provide either a leisurely afternoon stroll or a scenic nature hike.

Contact our local hiking club at:

Willow Beach Field Naturalists is a local charitable organization dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the natural heritage of Northumberland County. WBFN provides opportunities for it's members and others in the community to engage in projects in our area, which  in turn,  increases awareness of our vital natural heritage. Contact  WBFN at:
Local trails include:
The Ganaraska Forest – a 4000 hectare, multi-use area with year-round recreational opportunities. It has over 300 kms of trails passing through sandy, rolling terrain typical of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
The Ganaraska Hiking Trail – a 500 km route that starts in Port Hope and joins with the Bruce trail near Glen Huron. The southern end of the trail begins at the large boulder on the lawn of the Port Hope Town Hall on the west bank of the Ganaraska.
The Ganaraska Millennium Trail – a relatively level 2.4 km looped trail along the Ganaraska River. The trail begins at the Ganaraska Conservation Authority office on the northwest corner of Hwy 28401 and County Rd. 28.
The Spartan Ravine Walkway – begins on Jocelyn Street west of Crossley Drive (look for the trailhead on the south side) and connects with the Ganaraska Trail. 
The Waterfront Trail – has beautiful unobstructed views of Lake Ontario. This trail follows along the lakeshore from the Port Hope Marina, east to Gages Creek, where special wetlands offer an abundance of wetland wildlife.

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