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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Ontario Trails News - Trailhead Ontario Program - Calabogie June 19-21 and more!


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Join Us for Trailhead Ontario June 19-21!
A full and varied program for Trailhead Ontario 2016. Be sure to join us in Renfrew, but book now!!
Rooms are limited and so is the size of the conference.Trailhead Ontario 2016 Symposium Itinerary
8:30-9:00AMRegistrationCoffee Served
9:00-9:15AMWelcome remarksDignitaries
9:15-10:00AMPresentationRenfrew County withAlgonquin to Adirondack Trail
10:00-10:30AMPresentationOntario's Highlands Tourism Organization
10:30-10:45AMBreakCoffee Break
10:45-11:15AMPresentationPetawawa - the development of our Regional Trail Association
11:15-11:45AMPresentationOttawa Valley Outdoor Experiences
11:45-12:15PMPresentationParks of the St. Lawrence
12:15-1:30 PMLunch
1:00-1:30PMPresentationOntario Trails Council AGM (Members Only Please)
1:30-2:15PMPresentationUpdates on the Trails Act and the Ontario Trails Strategy with the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
2:15-2:45PMPresentationOntario Federation of Agriculture
3:15-3:45PMPresentationFirst Nation Tourism and Trails
3:45-4:15PMPresentationTrans Canada Trail
4:15-4:45PMPresentationUnderstanding andPreventing Lyme Disease
4:45-5:15PMPresentationSentiers Prescott Russell andGlengarry Trails
5:15-6PMNetworkingCash Bar
6PM - 9PMDinner & Keynote SpeakerTBD
8:30 – 9:00AMRegistrationCoffee Served
9:00-9:15 AMWelcome remarksDignitaries - Madawaska Valley
9:15-9:45AMPresentationTownship of Madawaska Valley Trail Developments
10:00-10:30AMPlenary SessionPrinciples of Trail Risk Management, with Jeff Jackson
10:30-10:45AMCoffee Break
10:45-11:30AMPlenary SessionTrails Risk Management - How to Say Yes to Trails, with Jeff Jackson
Noon-1PMLunchNetworking Lunch
1:00-2:00PMPlenary SessionWater Trails - Developing trails for Use
2:00-2:45PMPlenary SessionOttawa River-Keeper - programs and plans for development
3:00-3:30PMPlenary SessionIntegrated Trails Tourism Project
3:30-4:00PMPlenary SessionMattawa Trail Development
4:00-4:30PMPlenary SessionDeveloping Horse Trails
4:30PMWrap-up and Next StepsTrailhead Canada 2017!

We are going to be talking about the new Adirondack to Algonquin trail Plan with representatives from the Adirondack to Algonquin Organization - Please welcome Emily Conger from the A2A Trail Collaborative.

Work with the Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization as they expend trails in the region and take advantage of trails tourism potential in Eastern Ontario!

Over the last two years Petawawa Economic Development has spearheaded the development of a community trails committee along the lines of the OTC RTC model. Join Kelly Williams from Petawawa as he discusses the development and successes of this initiative in support of trails!

Ottawa Valley Outdoor Experiences! rarely is there so much to do in an area. Ottawa Valley has it all. Trails, amenities and more - join us as we learn about their quality and quantity of trails related destinations and experiences

Over the past 6 years the Parks of the St. Lawrence have revitalized their trail system, offering more and newer kilometers of trails in support of the park's other experiences. Welcome Lou Seiler from Parks of the St. Lawrence as he talks about the development and enactment process!

Since 2012 the Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport has worked to consult with communities on the Ontario trails strategy and the various new legislation in support of trails - i.e. "The Supporting Ontario trails Act." Come and hear from the government on the progress we are making together to make better communities through trails.

City of Ottawa Cycling and trails - Ottawa has a world class system of trails and cycling routes. Come and here the planning department talk about the fit of planning with trail development!

The National Capital Greenbelt in Ottawa has over 150 kilometres of trails that connect to the Trans Canada Trail, Rideau Trail and Capital Pathway network. Whether you have half an hour for a short hike or plan on spending the day, the Greenbelt has something for you.

Trans Canada Trail works with local partners – trail owner/operators – to plan and support development of trail across Ontario. With a connectivity challenge to be met for 2017 come and hear about how the TCT supports trails, communities and it's completion!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and it's only right that you protect yourself while out on the trails. Lyme-carrying black-legged ticks can be found across Canada - but the highest concentration of infection is in Eastern Canada - which scientists believe is linked to climate change. Follow these tips to avoid Lyme disease. Come to the conference and hear about the strategies the working group is developing to help the public.

Sentiers Prescott Russell and Glengarry Trails are two trail supporting organizations in eastern Ontario. One is a County Committee the other operates as a "Friends of" model. Learn about both styles of operation and the trails they support!

Township of Madawaska Valley Trail is developing at a fast pace. A regional leader, the Township supports the trail enhancements for both the community and the tourist. Join us to hear about their trail gains.

Principles of Trail Risk Management, and Trails Risk Management - How to Say Yes to Trails, with Jeff Jackson, will provide the latent trail developer, or the trail leader with undeveloped projects or political will to get the trails done, with insight for planners and politicos alike to say yes to trails. We aren't as risky as you think!

Ottawa River-Keeper - programs and plans for development, they were thrilled when we contacted them, because they are a small group protecting a big river and they know you probably also have a river that needs support in order to maintain itself for paddlers!

Just look at the list of projects on this page Mattawa Trail Development, these folks are bringing the house down with all types of trails and new projects. Learn how they are getting it done.

First Nation Tourism and Trails, join First Nations leaders as we discuss the joint relationship on the land we share. An emerging force in tourism and trails we should figure out ways to work with all communities so we co-develop trails!

Register today!

IMBA Training for Landowners - June 22-23 Calabogie!

Ontario Trails Council requests information updates!
During the past two weeks, through the generous financial support of the Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization, the OTC was able to secure the support services of Brooke Jones, a Queen's University Student. Brooke got to work right away updating our OTC contacts database.

ontario's highlands tourism organization logoYou may have received an e-mail from her requesting information so that we can stay connected. The OTC will not re-distribute or use the information in any way other than to connect with you in order to provide you with information updates about programs and services we provide. Including Trailhead Ontario information.

Sorry for any confusion we have since given Brooke her own gmail account -

She will follow up with you from this address in future. Many thanks for your continued support of our work.

Do you have a trail event planned? Please add it to our event calendar!  

G2G Funding Campaign AnnouncementPreview YouTube video G2G Rail Trail Crowdfunding Teaser

The Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail surrounds cyclists and hikers with the richness of Ontario’s pastoral landscape and rural heritage. Through hushed forest groves and rolling Mennonite farmland, across river valleys and wetlands, past 13 villages and towns, to the sunset horizon of one of the world’s Great Lakes, visitors of all fitness and skill levels can enjoy any part of the G2G’s 127-km length through four counties. Completion of the G2G Rail Trail opens Ontario’s pastoral heartland to the global fitness and recreation phenomena of backpacking and cycle tourism. The G2G helps rural Ontarians share their countryside and hospitality with the world.
G2G is launching a Crowdfunding campaign with the new charity based fundraising platform made by Indiegogo, called Generosity. All funds raised go directly to developing and improving the trail. All the communities along the trail will benefit directly as well as future users.
More information on the G2G Rail Trail can be found at:  
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support! Can’t wait to see you out on the trail!

Ontario Trails Council KickStarts Guelph RTC

As a provincial supporter of regional stakeholders OTC was invited along with 10 other trail enthusiasts  invite you (or an individual from your organisation) to a preliminary coffee table discussion Wednesday June 15 at 6:30 in Guelph

The meeting was an initial exploratory / startup meeting looking into the creation of a Regional Trails Committee (RTC). The idea behind the formation of this committee is to bring together a core group of regional players to build a cohesive vision of Southern Ontario trails, and open up the lines of communication and shared resources necessary to bring our various projects to fruition. We are limited on meeting space at this time, so while there are many others who will eventually be involved, we're going to keep this small to start.

The Ontario Trails Council will be chairing the discussion, reviewing existing, successful RTC models and letting us know what next steps are required to get our committee going, and get some projects underway. With former Board member Damian Bradley calling the groups together and current Board Member Bill Mungall, OTC supporters Guelph, the G2G Trail and RTO4, it was great to folks that turn to OTC turning towards one another.

The group agreed to work together on the governance model and research data to produce a trails/cycling map, as well as work with the City of Guelph in support of its, Trails Master Plan, Transportation Master Plan and other applicable plans that promote trails and well-being.

Thanks to all that attended and to Damian for working with Taylor Moran to bring the group together. Thanks to Musgaetes Gallery for use of the meeting space.

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