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Thursday, March 3, 2016

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Trailhead Ontario - Renfrew 2016

Trailhead Ontario Itinerary - June 20, 21, 22, 2016 ( we are adding a third day for Eastern Canada Trails Training the only federally sponsored trail training in Eastern Canada this year - provided by IMBA Canada)
Monday
 
 
8:30-9:00AM
Registration
Coffee Served
9:00-9:15AM
Welcome remarks
Dignitaries
9:15-10:00AM
Presentation
Ontario Landowners Association (Invited)
10:00-10:30AM
Presentation
Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization
10:30-10:45AM
Break
Coffee Break
10:45-11:15AM
Presentation
Petawawa - the development of our Regional Trail Association
11:15-11:45AM
Presentation
Adirondack to Algonquin Trail Development
11:45-12:15PM
Presentation
Parks of the St. Lawrence
12:15-1:00 PM
Lunch
 
1:00-2:00PM
Presentation
Updates on the Trails Act and the Ontario Trails Strategy
with the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
2:00-2:30PM
Presentation
City of Ottawa Trails
2:30-2:45PM
Break
Coffee Break
2:45-3:15PM
Presentation
3:15-3:45PM
Presentation
3:45-4:15PM
Presentation
4:15-4:45PM
Presentation
Understanding and Preventing Lyme Disease
4:45-5:15PM
Presentation
Sentiers Prescott Russell and Glengarry Trails
5:15-6PM
Networking
Cash Bar
6PM - 9PM
Dinner & Keynote Speaker
Federal Climate Change Initiatives and Trails
 
 
 
Tuesday
 
 
8:30 – 9:00AM
Registration
Coffee Served
9:00-9:15 AM
Welcome remarks
Dignitaries - Madawaska Valley
9:15-9:45AM
Presentation
Madawaska Valley and Township Trail Developments
10:00-10:30AM
Plenary Session
Principles of Trail Risk Management
10:30-10:45AM
Coffee Break
 
10:45-11:30AM
Plenary Session
Trails Risk Management - How to Say Yes to Trails
Noon-1PM
Lunch
Networking Lunch
1:00-2:00PM
Plenary Session
Water Trails - Developing trails for Use
2:00-2:45PM
Plenary Session
Ottawa River-Keeper - programs and plans for development
2:45-3:00PM
Break
 
3:00-3:30PM
Plenary Session
Hunting and Fishing Trail Use of MNRF Lands
3:30-4:00PM
Plenary Session
Mattawa Trail Development
4:00-4:30PM
Plenary Session
First Nation Tourism and Trails
4:30PM
Wrap-up and Next Steps
Trailhead Canada 2017!


Trailhead North - Marathon
 
Trailhead North Symposium Itinerary - April 20, 21, 2016
Event Outdoor Hike with Pic River First Nation - REGISTER
Wednesday
 
 
Presenters
8:30 - 9:00AM
Registration
 
 
9:00-9:30AM
Welcome remarks
Coffee Served
Mayor Dumas and Chief Michano
9:30-10:30AM
Marathon, Pic River and our Northern Trails
Sponsor
Bob Hancherow, and Chief Duncan Michano Pic River FN
10:30-10:45AM
Break
 
 
10:45-12:30AM
Presentation
Parks Experiences - Pukaskwa National Park and Neys Provincial
Roel Teunissen, Park Planning, Ontario Parks. Sharon Hayes, Pukaskwa National Park.
 
Presentation
Group of Seven Trail
Kirsten Spence, Quercwood Consulting
 PresentationNorthern Ontario ExperiencesCarole Caputo and Paul Pepe, Director of Tourism Thunder Bay
12:30-1:00 PM
Lunch
 
 
1:00 - 1:30PM
Presentation
Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
 Jim Antler and Carol Oitment
1:30 - 2:00PM
Presentation
Trans Canada Trail
Mike Goodyear, Trail Director Trans Canada Trail
2:00-2:30PM
Presentation
Path of the Paddle and Trail Auditing
Carrie Nolan, Executive Director POPA
2:30-2:45PM
Break
Trans Canada Trail Ontario - Sponsor
 
2:45-3:15PM
Presentation
Importance of Trails for Northern Ontario Tourism
David McLaughlan and Susan Forrest, NOT
3:15-3:45PM
Presentation
World Class Cross Country - Destination Marathon
Marathon X-Country Ski, Dr. David Juliano
 3:45-4:15PM
Presentation
Northern Snowmobile Trails
Dennis Burns with Craig Colbourne
4:15-4:45 PM
Presentation
OAC - Ontario Access Coalition - Places to Climb
Jana Wells
 
Break
 
 
5:30-6PM
Networking
Cash Bar
 
6:00PM - 9:00PM
Dinner & Keynote Speaker
Trails, Travels and Experiences, A personal perspective
Michael Haynes, Trails Ambassador and Author
 
Silent Auction
 
 
Thursday
 
 
 
8:30 - 9AM
Registration
Coffee Served
 
9:00-9:15 AM
Welcome remarks
 
Kirsten Spence, Patrick Connor
9:15-10AM
Presentation
Funding for Trails with NOHFC, FedNor and Ontario Trillium Foundation
Maureen Brophy OTF,  Sean Irwin NOHFC, and Jamie Taylor FedNor
10:00-10:15AM
Break
Coffee Break
 
10:15-11:15 AM
Presentation
Aboriginal Tourism Ontario Summit Report
Kevin Eshkawkogan, Aboriginal Tourism Summit
11:15-Noon
Presentation
Hunting and Fishing Trail Use of MNRF Lands
Greg Farrant, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters with Greg Rivard
Noon-1PM
Lunch
Networking Lunch
 
1:00-2:00PM
Presentation
Outfitters and Tripping - How to Get North
 Steve Bruno, Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership
2:00-3:00PM
Presentation
Voyageur Trail - Developments along the Trail
Carole Blacquiere, President VTA
3:00-3:45PM
Presentation
 Outdoor Recreation - the Tourism Experience
Dr. Harvey Lemelin, Lakehead University
 3:45-$:00PM
Wrap-up and Next Steps
 
Kirsten Spence, Patrick Connor
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
As at 11/2/2016 Program content subject to change based on availability.


Trailhead Georgian Bay

May 11th, Killarney Park Lodge.
Wednesday
 
 
Presenters
8:30 - 9:00AM
Registration
 
 
9:00-9:30AM
Welcome remarks
Coffee Served
Kirsten Spence, Patrick Connor
9:30-10:30AM
About The Georgian Bay Coast Trail
Sponsor
GBCT Board
10:30-10:45AM
Break
 
 
10:45-12:15AM
Presentation
Killarney Provincial Park - A Lead Partner in Development
Killarney Provincial Park
 
Presentation
Friends of Killarney
Friends of Killarney
 
 Presentation
Trail Experiences - Explorer's Edge
James Murphy, RTO12
 
 Presentation
Auditing and Planning our Route
Niall Lobely
12:15-1:00 PM
Lunch
 
 
1:00 - 2:00PM
Presentation
Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
Carol Oitment
 
 Presentation
Indigenous Peoples Economic Development
Local First Nations
2:00-2:30PM
Presentation
Trail Inventories Georgian Bay Partners
 Kirsten Spence
2:30-2:45PM
Break
Trans Canada Trail Ontario - Sponsor
 Al McPherson
2:45-3:15PM
Presentation
Importance of Variety of Trails
GBBR and GBCR
 3:15-3:45PM
Presentation
Great Lakes Guardian Plant and Trail Inventory
 Henvy Inlet and Ontario Trails
3:45-4:15PM
Presentation
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Local MNRF
4:15-4:45 PM
Presentation
Relations with Local Landowners
Georgian Bay Landowners Association
4:45 - 5:15
Wrap-up
Thanks
GBCT
As at 11/2/2016 Program content subject to change based on availability.

 
Trails Talk

Join us every other Tuesday at 1pm EST for a lively half hour discussion on trail issues of importance to the trails community. We are pleased to have added an additional topic to the Agenda - see January 12th.
We will be using our Google Hangout to facilitate our Trail Talks. So make sure you have a gmail account and the hangout app added to your gplus account.

How to Join a Hangout

Invited presenters include:
February 16th, 2016 - Explorer's Edge - all about the great trails in RTO 12 with James Murphy of Explorer's Edge. Register on Eventbrite
March 1, 2016 - The Georgian Bay Coast Trail - who supports it, what is happening and all about our spring community meeting in Killarney. With Luke Wassegijig and Kirsten Spence. Register on Eventbrite
March 15, 2016 - Trans Canada Trail - with Jane Murphy and Al McPherson. You've heard about it, how is it progressing? How can you support it? Register on Eventbrite
March 29, 2016 - Hiking, what is it? Who does it? What you need to know about community programs, and trail leadership programs - with Bill Mungall Register on Eventbrite
April 12th, 2016 - Trail Building - are you interested? What is trail building all about? Who does it and the skills you need, with stories from trail builder Zane Davies. Register on Eventbrite