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Monday, March 14, 2016

Ontario Trails News - Saugeen Valley opens horse trails, and all about Trailhead Ontario 2016, Trailhead North and Trailhead Georgian Bay

Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority to promote horse trail riding!saugeen valley conservation authority logo

PRESS RELEASE

For Release:  Immediately
Date:               March 2, 2016
Subject:          Horse Camping at Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area
  
SVCA Chomping at the Bit to Provide Horse Camping!

Saugeen Conservation is planning a big change this year for Saugeen Bluffs Conservation Area, located in central Bruce County, Municipality of Saugeen Shores. Horse camping will be featured at the park, a first-time venue for this part of Ontario.

“We’re very excited about this new venture”, stated Luke Charbonneau, Chair of Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.  “We’ve had some difficulties over the past few years attracting new campers to the park and we think this whole new venue may provide some incredible opportunities for horse enthusiasts and put Saugeen Bluffs back on the map”, Charbonneau continued.

“We put some feelers out first to see if there would be a market for this type of thing and the response was incredible”, stated Wayne Brohman, General Manager / Secretary –Treasurer for the SVCA. “There are only two other campgrounds in the province that offer horse camping and both are located in Eastern Ontario.”

Saugeen Bluffs offers scenic vistas and approximately 200 regular campsites.  The property winds along the Saugeen River and is a regular stop-over for canoeists and fishermen.  There is a Camp Store, kayak and canoe rentals, shower building, laundromat, a scenic look-out, trails and more. The horse camping will be featured in Campbell Campground, one of the group campgrounds.

“The development of a horse friendly campground is an exciting addition to the great experiences available across BruceGreySimcoe.  Bringing your horse along on your vacation isn’t something that’s available in very many places across Ontario and we think that being able to explore parts of the Region on horseback will encourage many new visitors to come vacation here”, stated Bill Sullivan, Executive Director of BruceGreySimcoe Tourism or RT07.

Staff have already begun marking out trails on the 300 acre property that will provide horse riders (campers and day users), with some great trail riding opportunities.

Horse camping is just one recommendation included in a new Business / Marketing Plan, developed by staff this year.  “In addition to the horse camping, the Plan recommends other improvements,” reported Charbonneau, “including some new signage, new management for the Camp Store, RV rentals, the conversion of one of the main buildings into an Activity Centre, the provision of WiFi services and much more. We’re very fortunate in that we have an incredible ‘volunteer’ base to work with in making this come together, including our valued seasonals.  I’m very optimistic that we can bring some real positive changes to the park for 2016.” concluded Charbonneau.

The SVCA will also be hosting a Public Open House at the park on Sunday, May 15th from 1-4pm.  Bring the whole family out to check out the park, hike some trails, take in the look-out and get a personalized tour.

A Grand Opening for the Horse Camp will be featured on Saturday, June 4.  Horse-drawn wagon rides, live entertainment, vendors, equine product sales and more!

For more information go to www.svca.on.ca

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For more information, please contact
Shannon Wood
Manager of Communications
Saugeen Conservation
1078 Bruce Rd. #12, Box 150
Formosa, ON N0G 1W0
519-367-3040 ext. 229 or s.wood@svca.on.ca


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Trailhead Ontario - Renfrew 2016 - Ontario Federation of Agriculture to attend

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We are pleased to report that the OFA has agreed to present at Trailhead Ontario. http://trailheadontario2016.com

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)

MORE TO COME!!!!
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
Trans Canada Trail Ontario
3:15-3:45PM
Presentation
National Capital Commission
3:45-4:15PM
Presentation
Ontario Federation of Agriculture (Invited)
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, Chief Michano and Liz 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 Guiliano
 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
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.