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Saturday, September 12, 2015

Ontario Trails News - DMBA, Mitchell's Bay and Trees for Trails

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Durham Mountain Bike Club

The DMBA has built thirteen kilometers of sweet new single track in Durham! 

Uxbridge: September 1, 2015: The Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA) is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Dagmar North Trails on September 12, 2015.  The new 13 km of trails in the Dagmar North Tract (DNT) are the culmination of eight years of planning and 5 months of building.  The building was accomplished with over 200 volunteer builders investing over 5,000 hours of sweat equity in the project.  This is one of the largest volunteer trail building projects in  Canada.  DMBA partnered with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to realize the vision of a new network of multi-use, single track trails, purpose-built for mountain biking.  Designed and built by mountain bikers for mountain bikers, this system of intermediate and advanced single track trails will provide an exciting expansion to the renowned riding and hiking experience in the rolling hills of the Oak Ridges Moraine in Durham Region’s Uxbridge Township. These new trails in TRCA’s Dagmar Tract connect 40 km of trails in the Durham Regional Forest with 100 km of trails in TRCA’s East Duffins Headwaters area offering an expanse of interconnected hiking and mountain biking trails unparalleled anywhere else in Ontario.

These new trails have been carefully designed by DMBA’s skilled and experienced Trails Team. The trails include specially built riding features for skills development and technical challenges to provide an exciting and challenging riding experience with safety designed in as well.  They were built to International Mountain Biking Association’s (IMBA) sustainable trails standards so they will resist erosion, withstand wear & tear, require minimal ongoing maintenance and be environmentally friendly. Trail layout and design respects the TRCA’s environmental priorities for the area. DMBA used a hybrid building approach: employing two eminent Ontario trail builders, to rough-in the trails using specialized equipment; and a cadre of 200+ trained volunteers wielding special trail tools to hand-finish the trails to a sculpted and smooth riding surface.  Building began April 15, 2015 and continued through the summer with 2 organized volunteer work days per week.

This project was funded by: a $20,000 grant from the Government of Canada administered through the National Trails Coalition; $21,000 from the DMBA; 5,000 hours or $75,000 worth of volunteer labour by DMBA members; and the generous working partnership of the TRCA and our corporate sponsors.  

Come and join us at Dagmar Ski Resort, 1220 Lake Ridge Rd. for our Grand Opening on Saturday Sept. 12, 9:30am-2:30pm. Join us for a ride, bbq lunch, live music, recognition and prizes - and help us celebrate the opening of Ontario’s newest network of mountain bike trails. for more details and the schedule of the day’s activities.
The Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA) is a non-profit association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers in Durham and York Regions. Formed in 2005, with a growing membership of 600+, DMBA works with local land managers to represent and advocate for the mountain biking community. DMBA designs, builds and maintains popular biking trails, offers group rides, family festivals, skills development clinics & programs, and much more. 
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Mitchell's Bay North Lakeshore Trail Opening!

The Municipality of Chatham-Kent is pleased to officially open the newest addition to Chatham-Kent’s trail system: the Mitchell’s Bay North Lakeshore Trail.
Everyone is invited to the ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for Saturday September 19, at 10:00 a.m. Please join us on the trail at the corner of W Lewis Line and Winterline Road.
Mitchell’s Bay Area Association and Chatham-Kent Trail volunteers will participate in the ribbon cutting along with representatives from the Municipality of Chatham-Kent and other trail partners including Ontario NativeScape. 
This 2.40 metre wide, granular trail travels over 1 kilometre through a rehabilitated wetland area. Pedestrians, cyclists, and birders are welcome to use the trail to experience the Lake St Clair shoreline.
After the ceremony, participants are invited to join WalkCK for a Group Led Walk along the new trail. Refreshments will be provided.
For a map of the trail, along with maps of other Chatham-Kent trails, visit

Ontario Trails Meeting with Canada Blooms results in Trees for Trails

We have received a very generous offer from Mark Cullen: he wishes to donate trees from his tree farm to Ontario communities. Contact Raymond Carriere by September 15th 
At this time, there are 550 trees available
·         Quercus rubra (Red Oak), Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple), Acer Rubrum (Red Maple): all native trees grown from native stock
·         In 32 and 36 inch wire baskets: dug, healed into mulch and ready to plant….
·         Approximate weight of each tree is 300 lbs. …thus equipment required to load and unload
·         FOB in Carp (near the Carp Airport)
·         Retail value estimated at $450

The "conditions" of the offer are:
·         notification of interest by September 15 …then distribution (on a "share equally" basis) will be first come, first served amongst those who will confirm
·         recipients responsible for pick up, loading and delivery costs (by means of their choice)
·         charitable receipt required of $200 per tree
..with the commitment that the trees will be planted and maintained for the first five years
Please feel free to contact me for any further questions
Thank you to Mark Cullen !

Raymond Carriere
Tel: (514) 912-6535