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Thursday, October 27, 2016

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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 preparing for Winter - a short sample of 100's

ontario trails winter events
Credit Valley Conservation - Snowshoeing
Snowshoeing Snowshoeing is one of the oldest modes of transportation. Whether you have you’re just starting or looking for new places to explore, the Credit Valley Watershed has many trails to offer. Terra Cotta Conservation Area...
Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Snowshoeing & Backcountry If you can walk, you can snowshoe It's not surprising that snowshoeing has been gaining in popularity in Ontario. It takes minimal equipment, it's easy to learn for the whole family and it delivers an...
Winter Snowshoeing at Bristlecone Lodge
On Site - included in our rates: Swimming, 350 ft. sand beach - clean clear water and sand Canoes, Kayaks, Pedal boats Spectacular sunsets west across the Bay Canoe trips, Bonfire nights (July & August) Boat Docking space Warm Summer...
Algonquin Highlands Snowshoeing Hikes
Experience a winter wonderland of rugged Canadian Shield, majestic hardwood forests, old growth white pine, hemlock and yellow birch. Ski or snowshoe to cliff-top lookouts and spectacular ice falls.   Catch a glimpse of wildlife such as...
Snowshoeing 101
Name of Event: Snowshoeing 101 Event Organizer:Credit Valley Conservation Description of Event:Learn the basics of snowshoeing while enjoying the beautiful winter scenery of Terra Cotta Conservation Area. This program is intended for...
Cooper Lake Snowshoeing
Hiking, back country camping, canoeing, snow shoeing, cross country skiing and golfing with minutes to six fabulous golf courses including Bigwin Island Golf Course, Club Links Grandview & Deerhurst Highlands. Occupancy 1- 4 persons....
Winter Getaway - Snowshoeing
 Are you looking for Northeast Ontario Cottage Rentals? All five of our fully-equipped housekeeping Cottages in Northeast Canada face the lake and have a wonderful waterfront view overlooking 870 feet of shoreline and sandy beach area....
Skiing and Snowshoeing in the Blue Mountains
Skiing and snowshoeing is available on many trails in the Blue Mountains throughout the winter. Current conditions are excellent. For locations, daily snow conditions report and weather visit...
Cedar Grove Snowshoeing
Winter at Cedar Grove can be a time of unlimited activity, or a time of relaxation. Listed below are some of the activities winter can bring at Cedar Grove. We have a selection of the following winter equipment that you can borrow free...
Horseshoe Valley Snowshoeing
Choose Horseshoe Resort for your next vacation in Ontario and take advantage of the Copeland Forest and Horseshoe Resort. Suited for both the beginner looking for a scenic tail to advanced hiker looking for a challenging climb, you can...
Frontenac Provincial Park Snowshoeing
Although the entire park's network of hiking trails are available to visitors throughout the winter, most snowshoers and hikers enjoy the moderate 3 km Doe Lake Loop and easy 1.5 km Arab Lake Gorge Loop. For an all day adventure, try the...
Hike the Ganaraska - Snowshoeing
The nine member clubs of the Association maintain the 500 kilometre long Ganaraska Hiking Trail from Port Hope on Lake Ontario to the Bruce Trail near Collingwood, with side trails to Wasaga Beach and Midland. The Association is run by a...
Snowshoe Smart
In the winter, Ontario offers countless trails through boundless landscapes for snowshoe enthusiasts. Whether you’re out for a casual trek in the woods or an overnight backpack trip, Ontario's snowy forests and trails are the place to...

Wild Rock Trail Tourism Event November 6wild rock cycling trip event

From some of our friends

humber river recreational trail

Thanks MJ Ellis

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. 

The Hydrocut - Waterloo

the hydrocut mountain bike trails
The Hydrocut provides an unmatched mountain bike riding experience in Ontario.
The 25 kilometers of uninterrupted, pure flowing singletrack paths were created and continue to be regularly maintained entirely by the hard work of volunteers, year after year since the 1998.
The trails have become the favourite playground for local residents and visitors from afar. View the hydrocut site or Igor's blog for more information -

Beaten Path Nordic Trail - Atikokan

beaten path nordic trail

Located just minutes south of the townsite of Atikokan are more than 50 km of diversified trails. Quality groomed skate lanes and track-set classic trails provide skiers a variety of opportunities to experience wilderness surroundings on safe challenging trails in any weather conditions.

Tour through the Beaten Path Nordic Trails;  make Atikokan a destination during your winter season.Beaten Path Nordic Trails is an active cross country ski club in the Atikokan area.  With the help of many members and volunteers, The Beaten Path have developed some of the best cross-country trails in Ontario.

Mocassin Park Trail - Torontomocassin park trail
A 15 hectare park at Lawrence Avenue East and the Don Valley Parkway featuring walking paths through a naturalized ravine forest.
The path passes eastward under the Don Valley Parkway to additional parkland.
Following the path through a second underpass beneath the Canadian National Railway line you will find yourself on the banks of the East branch of the Don River in the Charles Sauriol Conservation Area.

166 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.

Watch a video about this trail

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!
Learn more at
Register at: Trailhead Toronto
Thursday Presenters
8:00 – 8:45AMRegistration 
8:45 – 9:30AMOpening RemarksJack De Wit, President, Ontario Trails; Minister Eleanor McMahon MTCS*
9:30-10:00AMImplementing Standardized Trails ClassificationMark Schmidt,Parks Trails Analyst, Parks Canada Visitor Experience Branch
10:00-10:30AMDeveloping Natural Environment TrailsKaren Sun, Natural Environment Specialist (Acting) Toronto Parks and Forestry
10:45-11:30AMImplementing Effective Wayfinding SignageJanette Harvey, Natural Environment Specialist, Urban Forestry, City of Toronto
11:30 – 12:15PMImplementing Accessibility Guidelines – City of TorontoKaren Strickland, Community Accessibility Programs, City of Toronto
12:15-1:00 PM  
1:00 – 1:30PMFirst Nations and Trail SignageLarry Frost, Executive Director, Native Cultural Centre of Toronto
1:30-2:00PMJustifying Trails in an Urban Environment – GHTA ExperiencesWayne Terryberry, Director, University of McMaster Recreation
2:00-2:30PMThe Ontario Trails Act and the Ontario Trails Strategy Implementation PlanSteve Harlow, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
2:45-3:15PMToronto Region Conservation Trail DevelopmentMike Bender, Director Master Planning and Greenspace Conservation Manager, Rouge Park TRCA
3:15-3:45PMMood Walks and Healthy HikesNekeisha Mohamed, Communications Officer Conservation Ontario with Terri LeRoux, Director Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
3:45-4:15PMActive Transportation and Trails in the CityJoey Schwartz, Advocacy Director, Toronto Bicycling Network
4:15-4:45PMToronto Trails CommitteePatrick Connor, Executive Director Ontario Trails
4:45 – 5:15PMThanks 
 As at 27/10/2016 subject to change and availability. *invited

Find Your Healthy Hike
healthy hikes

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 RTO2December 6th
Newmarket RTO6November 29th
Kingston RTO9November 1st
Hamilton RTO3November 3rd
Collingwood RTO7TBA
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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