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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Ontario Trails News - trail education, membership and more!

We appreciate the membership support of:

County of Huron
Huron County - Hikers from near and far will be pleased to know that a guide to the Maitland River Valley hiking trails has just been published.

Thanks to funding from The Ontario Trillium Foundation, and to many hours of effort from volunteers, The Maitland Trail Association (MTA) is pleased to announce publication of the Guide to the Maitland Trail and Associated Trails in the Goderich Area.

"The guide offers full colour detailed maps and informative text describing conditions found on the trails, as well as pointing out places of geographic, historic and cultural interest. This information will enhance use of these trails for local residents and visitors, as they appreciate the natural beauty of the Maitland River Valley while they enjoy walking and hiking in the area.

The 48 km. Maitland Trail, from Goderich to Auburn, is divided into five sections, with a map available for each section. These detailed maps show contour lines, landmarks and distances.

MTA volunteers checked the trail distances using GPS (Global Positioning System) units. Geographic Information System (GIS) computer mapping was then contracted to the County of Huron Planning and Development Dept. 

Georgian Cycle and Ski Trail Association

georgian cycle and ski trail associationThe Georgian Trail is a 34 km all-season, easy access, recreational trail linking the communities of Collingwood, Craigleith, Thornbury and Meaford, primarily on former railway property.  
The trail is for cyclists, walkers, joggers, cross-country skiers, and is wheelchair accessible * motorized vehicles and horses are not permitted.  
Users may access nearby park lands and businesses, such as restaurants, shopping, and accommodation, are just minutes away from some areas of the trail. 
Users are encouraged to become members of The Georgian Cycle and Ski Trail Association, donations are welcomed and needed to help underwrite costs of maintenance, further trail development, newsletters, etc. Income Tax receipts will be issued under the charitable organization registration #0813576-56.

Durham Mountain Biking Association

Durham Mountain Biking Association is a non-profit association whose mission is to create, enhance and preserve trail opportunities for mountain bikers in Durham and York Regions. We formed in the fall of 2005 to advocate for mountain bikers in the Durham Region. With a growing membership, who live across the Greater Toronto Area, we have evolved and expanded our representation of and for the mountain biking community. durham mountain bike association


City of Burlington

burlington trails
There are so many trails in the Burlington area that you could spend days exploring them all.  The main hiking trails (a total of over 130 km) are featured below.  There are also multi-use pathways located throughout the city of Burlington that are used by hikers, cyclists, joggers, skateboarders etc.  TAKE a HIKE!


There are some risks associated with hiking on trails through natural areas. Many trails follow cliff edges and shorelines of creeks and lakes with no barriers from steep slopes or water.  Trail surfaces can also be slippery when wet or icy. High winds can make hiking unsafe so trails may close during times of high winds. Wearing appropriate footwear, exercising caution in hazardous areas and watching children carefully will help make your hiking adventure safe and enjoyable.

This past year the OTC Membership grew beyond 240 members, with over 220 being organizational supporters.

Your support of our work helps us to:
  • travel to communities
  • update the website
  • answer the phone
  • seek other funds for special projects
  • write grants for members
  • mitigate conflict
  • guide users with a where to turn
  • update the youtube, and other social media
  • engage with government
  • promote the design, use and management of trails
  • coordinate meetings
  • manage the education program(s)

Earn Your Trails Certificate from Algonquin College

algonquin college trail courses


Trail Planning

Course: OAD3001
This course is listed under the following fields of study:
Within the trail industry, there are trail standards and maintenance practices to follow. Students acquire base-level knowledge of organizing and planning trail systems and learn to recognize and utilize the necessary steps to plan and create a sustainable trail. This is accomplished through the usage of provincial legislation and the incorporation of interpretive and educational trail signage within a trail system.

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Please consider making a donation or taking out a membership today! We rely on the generous support of the Canadian trail community to allow us to do our work.

Our Mission - to promote the preservation, management, use and development of trails.

Everyday, somewhere in Ontario we educate, support a group, lead or assist a community improving its quality of life through trails.

Ask us how we make a difference!