Do you know about trail etiquette?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Ontario Trails - All About Canada's Largest Trail Association

Trail Heros

Know somebody that works hard on trails? If so nominate them to be an Ontario Trails "Trail Hero!" We'd be happy to review your recommendations and acknowledge in a small way their contribution to trails in your community.

Trail Blog

Every day trails are news! Every day we blog about trails. In communities all over Ontario trails are big news, for cyclists, runners, canoe or horses, every day we capture in one spot all the trail news - local, provincial or national! Join today!
ontario trail blog

Trail Leaders!

Join Ontario's first ever series of 13 online trail education courses in the development and management of trails. Designed for both volunteers and professionals. Next Course begins in September Topic - Trail Management. Register today - registration is open 24/7  
courses placeholder

Join OTC

The Ontario Trails Council is a nonprofit charitable organziation, established in 1988, that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails. With over 130 organizational members and 25 individual supporters the OTC continues to grow! Support trails in Ontario - join the OTC

Learn an Activity

Our website contains information on over 2,600 trails, and a description for nearly 2,000. Learn about the places where you can bike, cross country ski, climb or any of another 15 activities. We are linked to over 130 organizations and a variety of provincial groups that can help you learn an activity or become better at one you already love!

ontario water trails

Add Your Event

We post trail or outdoor events on trail specific facebook pages, the main OTC facebook page, and the event section of the OTC website. You can send us your event and we'll post it to these extensive networks. Each week we reach over 20,000 people, so if you want your event known, a bit better, send us the information.

Add/Edit Trails

An important part of the Refreshed OTC Web site will be a dynamic page dedicated to each trail. It is important that you give us as much information as possible - this will be the only source for creating your dedicated page on the OTC Web site. If we don't get the information from you, it won't make it onto the site. If you have any questions about the form, please contact Patrick at 613-484-1140. Thank you for taking the time to add or edit your trail on the Ontario Trails Council Web site.

Be a Friend of Trails

We invite all trail users to support the work of the Ontario Trails Council. As a registered charity we do our community work based on the support of member organziations, individuals and some government grants. We do the work, in the end for the individual families and folks that use the trails every day. Please consider supporting us as your thanks for your trails. Thank you.

Member Requests

1) Algonquin College program on-line

algonquin college

2) OTC Mobile App - for iProducts and Windows

otc mobile app

3) Post Photos to Pinterest

ontario trails on pinterest

4) OTC on Foursquare

ontario trails on foursquare

5) Safe Trails Manual

6) OTC Youtube Channel
ontario trails youtube channel

7) Ontario Trails Maps
ontario trails maps

8) Enabling Change Program

9) OTC Board 2013-14
Ontario Equestrian Federation

Dan Andrews - Secretary/Treasurer     
TrailADE Consulting
Paul Ronan
Ontario Parks Association

Frieda Baldwin
Simcoe County Trails

Wayne Daub
Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs

Igor Hoogendoorn
International Mountain Biking Association
855-255-4094 ext.108

Tim West
Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

Graham Burke
Trails Advocate

irsten Spence
Northern Ontario Representative
Jeff Muzzi
Manager, Forestry Services, Renfrew County

Patrick Connor
Ex-officio - Executive Director

We currently have 2 vacancies on the OTC Board. If you are interested please e-mail Jack De Wit to discuss.

The ideas, opinions, re-posting of news, editorials and content contained in this newsletter are not necessarily the ideas or opinions of the OTC Board or staff. This news is intended for informational purposes only.

OTC Event Planning Guide
Call 877-668-7245

OTC Trail Committee Manual
Call 877-668-7245

ontario regional trail committee planner

Ontario Trails Membership
On behalf of OTC we thank you for your support. If there is a group you know that is not a member contact us and we'll send them a note on membership benefits. This past week we received a renewal from Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Sault Ste. Marie Thank you very much for your support!

 join otc

The Ontario Trails Council is a charitable organization, incorporated in 1991, that promotes the creation, development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails in Ontario.

Surveys and Networking!
Don’t forget to join anyone of the following information tools:
Be sure to get a copy of the latest OTC E-bulletin (circulation 880+) - here
Join one of our facebook pages (>6000 friends) - here
Add or Edit your trail - here
Complete a survey - here
Twitter to or at us (12840 followers) - here
Join the blog - here
Join Trail Counts - here
Take an On-Line Education Course - here

Photo Credit Header - Photo courtesy of
Ontario Conservation Areas