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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Ontario Trails News - we continue to add more Ontario Trails! Prescott-Russell Trail Petition, Rotary Eco-trail and more Ontario Trails information!


Ontario Trails - We Keep Adding Trails!!
On a regular basis the trail community sends us more trails to add to our website! Add yours today.

Forested Dunes Nature Trail

The hike from Outer Drive to Mud Creek and back is approximately 5 km and leads through the 139-acre Forested Dunes Nature Reserve, part of the 150,000-acre Port Franks Dunes & Wetlands Complex designated provincially as an Area of Natural & Scientific Interest (ANSI) and nationally as an Important Birding Area (IBA).
lambton shores trail blazersThe old Mud Creek pedestrian bridge which provided access from Huron St. in Port Franks was removed in 2011 due to safety concerns.

Contact Ross Atkinson with the Lambton Shores trail Blazers for more information.

Ramsayville Trailramsayville trail

This equestrian-only trail is in the Greenbelt in east-end Ottawa. The trails are flat and wind through woods and beside fields, and along an old rail bed. There is one gully near the entrance to navigate.
Maps are available at or visit our FB page. No overnight camping on site. $10 day pass, available at trail head.
For more information, including maps, please visit our Web site at

Rotary Eco-Trailchatham kent trails

This granular surface trail forms an 880 metre loop through the O’Neill Nature Preserve, a large standing woodlot on the outskirts of Chatham.
The trail was built as a result of collaboration between a number of local organizations and individuals, including the Rotary Club of Chatham, Carolinian Canada Coalition, the Municipality of Chatham-Kent, and nearby residents.
Directions: The trail can be accessed through Thornhill Park, at 114 Thornhill Crescent, and Midwood Oxley Park, at 223 Oxley Drive, in Chatham (see attached map).
Interested in learning more about this or other trails in Chatham-Kent? Visit or check out the CK Trails Facebook page.

Save the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail


Save the Prescott Russell Trail. Many people use and love this trail.
The trail is 72 kilometers long and it runs through 8 townships and many towns in eastern Ontario.
The Prescott-Russell Rail Trail is the only outdoor recreational facility of its type in the area. The trail enables healthy hiking, active walking, dog walking, safe cycling off-road and winter snowmobiling.
Suddenly and without notice there is discussion of closing the trail. Many people love and rely on the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail. This trail is beautiful and a main corridor of travel and recreation for many people.
There have been no trespass complaints from landowners. Many local community members have fought for this trail and regularly work to maintain it.
The Ontario Trails Council asks you to sign this petition because we do not believe leaders fully understand the benefits of the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail to people's health, to tourism and to the environment.

Watch a video about this trail

Ontario Trails Council Supports Trail DevelopmentThis week the Ontario Trails Council was pleased to support two capital grants on behalf of members. One was for Prince Edward County, the other for Central Lake Conservation Authority. In addition we are working on supporting the fundraising effort of the St. Thomas Elevated Park.

Prince Edward County Millennium Trail
millennium trail prince edward county

The County is applied for a grant under the Ontario 150 Fund to improve the Millennium Trail.

This funding application is to improve the surface of the Trail, establish five staging areas with parking and signage and add signage along the Trail. 

Central Lake Conservation Authoritycentral lake ontario conservation authority trail
The key project components of the Heber Down Conservation Area Public Use Renewal Project are the expansion of nature trails in Heber Down Conservation Area with an accessible trail loop and picnic facilities to connect and celebrate Ontario's natural history with the urban growth center and multiculturalism of the Town of Whitby.

Other components include a comfort station, information kiosk, Raptor Watch lookout, and landscape/restoration areas. The larger project also includes retrofitting a fishing pond, replacement of pedestrian bridges, trail rerouting to facilitate connections with new trails and infrastructure, and stream improvements.

Central Lake Conservation Authority - Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA) was established in 1958. CLOCA's mandate is to establish and undertake programs to promote the conservation, restoration, development and management of  natural resources in partnership with local Municipalities and the Province. As the key project will take place on CLOCA owned conservation lands, CLOCA will lead the implementation of the project, and deal with the day to day components of project design and construction.