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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Ontario Trails News - Bill 100 fact sheet, Trailhead Toronto Nov 24th, CycleON Consultations and more from Ontario Trails!

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Ontario Trails - We Keep Adding Events!!

On a regular basis the trail community sends us more trail events to add to our website! Add yours today. 

Trail Events - a short sample of 100's

frontenac arch trail experiencesDate: 2016-03-08 to 2017-11-30
Event: Toronto Hiking Hikes
Type: Hike provides over 50 hikes along the Bruce Trail and other area trails.
Date: 2016-04-01 to 2016-10-31
Event: Warsaw Caves Hike - Make Your Trail Event
Type: Hike
Enjoy an easy 7 km walk on trails ending at the beach and picnic shelter for lunch. For those who want more, there is an optional 4 km.
Date: 2016-05-01 to 2016-10-31
Event: Trans Canada Trail
Type: Natural Heritage
Trans Canda Trail is Canada's national trail heritage project. When complete the TCT will stretch from coast to coast to coast. The TCT in Ontario goes from the Manitoba border across to North Bay, down to Hamilton and from Windsor to Ottawa.
Date: 2016-05-04 to 2017-05-07
Event: Wilderness Adventurers of Ontario - Hiking Events
Type: Snowshoe
The Wilderness Adventurers outdoor club was formed more than 25 years ago by a small group of canoeists. The club has since grown and is currently around 100 members strong. Members share a variety of interests from cross-country skiing to hiking, and both flat and whitewater canoeing.
Date: 2016-09-01 to 2017-09-01
Event: Hike the Ganaraska Map/Directions
Type: Hike
Be part of this exciting initiative to promote healthy active lifestyles, healthy economies and opportunities to explore Ontario’s wonderful trails.
Date: 2016-09-16 to 2016-12-31
Event: Forest Lea Enduro
Type: Mountain Biking
The Forest Lea Trails are becoming widely recognized as the best technical singletrack system in Eastern Ontario. The FL Enduro is a trail focused fundraising event to celebrate the Forest Lea Trails and raise money for maintenance and development.
Date: 2016-10-08 to 2017-04-01
Event: Ontario Parks - Bronte Creek Nature Centre
Trail: Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Type: Nature
Ontario Parks provides a wide range of all year round events in its parks. Ontario's Parks are one of the best places to discover the outdoors and Ontario's trails!
Date: 2016-10-08 to 2017-10-08
Event: Paul's Dirty Mountain Bike Enduro
Trail: Ganaraska Forest
Type: Mountain Biking
Defiant Mountain Bike Club hosts several events and lists events on facebook.
Date: 2016-10-09 to 2016-11-28
Event: Autumn Is Show Time In Southern Ontario Parks
Type: Nature
Spectacular fall colours, cool nights, and sunny days – with no mosquitoes or black flies – make autumn a great time of year to visit a provincial park.

Ontario Trails - We Keep Adding Trails!!

On a regular basis the trail community sends us more trail events to add to our website! Add yours today. 

Windrift Kennels Dogsleddingwindrift kennel dogsledding

Come and enjoy the Canadian outdoors on your very own dogsled! You will have the opportunity to help harness and hook up your team. During the tours there is time to stop and enjoy the scenery, as well as discuss the dogs and answer any questions that you may have.

Warm drinks and snacks are provided on the half day experience at the half way point, and a hot chili lunch on the trail is provided on the full day experience.

*Please note that for safety reasons you must be 16 years old to drive a dogsled. All times are approximate and include driving your own 4-6 dog team.  All experiences are guided.  Prices subject to change without notice.

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Releases a Bill 100 Fact Sheet
minister mcmahon letter bill 100

We are pleased to provide a link to the letter the Minister sent to OTC regarding its leadership role in the passage of Bill 100. Thanks to Minister McMahon, Minister Coteau and all the MTCS staff for their assistance. We are also providing a link to the MTCS Fact Sheet about Bill 100. It closely mirrors earlier OTC releases.

MTCS Letter

MTCS Bill 100 Fact sheet

OTC Board Member Denise Erikson presents on ATV safety
Event's ATV safety talk covers a lot of terrain

By Michael Lea, Kingston Whig-Standard

Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:50:24 EDT PM
Schoolchildren and their teacher listen as Denise Erickson, left, and Melanie Trottier talk about ATV safety during the Racing Against Drugs event in Kingston on Tuesday. Grade 6 children rotated through interactive displays on healthy, substance-free living. (Michael Lea/The Whig-Standard)
Schoolchildren and their teacher listen as Denise Erickson, left, and Melanie Trottier talk about ATV safety during the Racing Against Drugs event in Kingston on Tuesday. Grade 6 children rotated through interactive displays on healthy, substance-free living. (Michael Lea/The Whig-Standard)
Instead of the thousand or so Grade 6 students who have been listening to a talk on the safe use of all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) during this week's Racing Against Drugs event, it should be their grandparents who are getting the lecture, a representative of the province's ATV clubs said.
"Grandparents buy their grandkids these machines all the time and don't take into consideration how fast they go and how powerful they are," Denise Erickson, administrative assistant for the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs, said.
Racing Against Drugs was first introduced to Kingston in 2005 by Kingston Partners for a Safe Community and Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Public Health. They continue to be the organizers.
The initiative was created by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a drug-awareness program for children. The idea was to use the sport of motor racing, where there is no tolerance for substance abuse, to educate children on the need for a healthy, drug and alcohol-free lifestyle. It stresses the need to make smart choices.
This week is the first time the ATV federation, which includes 15 ATV clubs, has been represented at the event. The federation was invited by the Ontario Transportation Ministry to help spread the word on ATV safety and the importance of driving without being impaired.
As well as the need for a proper helmet and other clothing, riding the proper-sized ATV is key, Erickson said.
She pointed to the smaller of two ATVs she had on display. That should be the size 12-year-olds are riding, she said.
"Unfortunately, mom and dad own this one," she said, pointing to the full-sized machine next to it.
"So a lot of them are saying they already ride an 850 or 1,000 cc ATV, which is too big for them for their size, for their weight."
There is no age limit to ride an ATV if you are on private property, but children should always be supervised, she explained.
"I have seen five-year-olds on them," Erickson said. "It depends on the parents. Grandparents are one of the worst."
You have to be 12 if you want to drive on a trail. And you have to be 16, with a valid driver's licence, if you want to even touch any part of a road, she continued.
"These kids can ride an ATV but they can't cross a road."
Melanie Trottier, a regional marketing planner for the Transportation Ministry, joined Erickson in her concern for the young riders' safety.
She recounted how one teacher was inquiring how to install a car seat for a three-year-old in a side-by-side ATV.
"That is not appropriate. It is not legal," she said.
Trottier, too, has seen young children driving ATVs.
"You can see four-year-olds driving one of these. It is not recommended at all," she said.
Neither woman could say how many children had been involved in ATV accidents over the years.
"I would say teenagers are the worst for injuries because they believe they are not going to get hurt," Erickson said. "They drive these big, powerful machines without helmets. It's the people who are driving too fast above their experience without wearing a helmet. They are the ones getting injured."

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137 People want the Prescott-Russell Rail Trail saved!

prescott-russell trails petition
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.

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Trailhead Toronto Program

Join us November 24th, Ontario Heritage Centre, 8 Adelaide St. in Toronto for Trailhead Toronto - a discussion about Toronto Trails by the people that build, design, find and use Toronto Trails!

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Register at: Trailhead Toronto

Find Your Healthy Hike
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Trails Tourism Integration Strategy Meetings Planned
rtos Mtcs
A total of 15 meetings are being held with RTO's, DMO's and other partners as Ontario Trails works to develop an RTO Trails Tourism Action Plan for release in spring 2017.

We have been in touch with each RTO and our calendar of dates includes:
Location                    Date
Stratford RTO4October 31st
Niagara Falls RTO2November 2nd
Newmarket RTO6November 29th
Kingston RTO9November 1st
Hamilton RTO3November 3rd
Collingwood RTO7November 7th
Peterborough RTO8November 9th
Renfrew RTO11November 10th
Sudbury RTO12&13November 13-16th
London RTO1November 18th
TorontoNovember 24th

During each session we will discuss:
  • Current RTO+DMO Tourism Strategies
  • Current Outdoor Activity Marketing
  • Existing Trail Inventory
  • Identify Gaps
  • Consolidate Events
  • Review Trails Marketing
  • New Content Initiatives
  • Share Data and Data Gathering Processes
  • Review TTIP Action Plan Outlines
  • Define Next Steps
For more information contact Patrick Connor at 613-484-1140
Locations to be announced.
Cycling Consultations Announced

ontario trails ontario cycling consultations
A total of eight (8) workshop sessions will be held throughout the province of Ontario.

Representatives from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and other other areas of government will participate where possible to ensure we continue to build on synergies with the Ontario Trails Strategy and other important work, including regional transportation planning initiatives. The following table provides preliminary information on the regional workshop sessions.
Location                    Date
KingstonNovember 1st
OttawaNovember 2nd
Thunder BayNovember 7th
Sault Ste. MarieNovember 8th
TorontoNovember 10th
OrilliaNovember 16th
LondonNovember 18th
North BayNovember 24th

Each of the meetings will be held between 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. We ask that you select the date and location most applicable to your work / interests. This invitation will be followed by a set of meeting notifications containing more detailed information. We ask that you select and accept the meeting that is most appropriate to you. You should expect to receive the meeting notifications in mid-October.

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