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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Ontario Trails News - Trailwise - Week of January 5, 2017

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About the Ganaraska Forest
The 12,000 acre Ganaraska Forest is one of the largest blocks of forested land in southern Ontario. Today the forest is a living example of how the principles of integrated resource management can be used to balance many different uses of forested lands on a sustainable and ecologically sound basis. The forest is home to the Ganaraska Forest Outdoor Education Centre, a weekend canteen, and public washroom and shower facilities. The area provides abundant recreational opportunities and is managed for a sustainable yield of wood products. Day passes or annual permits are required to use the forest. Office hours are 8:30 am - 4:00 pm weekdays and the Gatehouse is open for sales on weekends from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Please Note: The forest will be closed to motorized use, with the exception of snowmobiling, as of December 1st, 2016. It will re-open on May 1st, 2017. Keep in mind that all users must obtain a membership or day pass to use the forest.

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Ganaraska Forest
Ganaraska Forest Come and experience southern Ontario's largest forest. Located within an hour's drive of Toronto, straddling the Counties of Northumberland, Peterborough, Victoria and the Region of Durham, the Ganaraska Forest...
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's Ganaraska Forest Hiking Week
...of Ontario Hiking Week, the GRCA is providing free hiking day passes to anyone who visits the forest. Ganaraska Forest Centre and wants to explore the Ganaraska Forest. With 100’s of kilometres of trails, there is a walk for...
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's Owl Prowl
...Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority staff & volunteers for an exciting night prowling for owls in the Ganaraska Forest. Enjoy a slide show and displays before venturing out on a guided walk in search of an owl or two. Please...
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's Hallowe'en Howl just around the corner! Why not get into the Hallowe’en spirit early during this spooky night in the Ganaraska Forest? Carve pumpkins and paint other fun gourds to take home, and then enjoy an interactive and fun campfire before...
Central Ganaraska Bike/Hike Trails - Make Your Trail Event
The Ganaraska Forest Centre (GFC) is the place to be! This multi-use facility, which is visited by close to 10,000 students and thousands of other guests each year, accommodates outdoor education programs, community and corporate group...
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's Under the Stars
Join the Peterborough Astronomical Association at the Ganaraska Forest Centre to see Jupiter, our Moon, Mars, Saturn, star clusters and other celestial sights with telescopes and other observing aids provided by the PAA and instruction...
Blue Trail
Blue Trail The 6.2 km Blue Trail forms a portion of the Ganaraska Forest's extensive network of cross country ski trails, which have also been adapted for mountain biking, hiking, cross country running and equestrian use during the...
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's Tree I.D. Hike
...of National Forest Week, we welcome guests to join us on a guided tree identification hike through the Ganaraska Forest. Learn which species grow in our area, and which ones are right for your own property. Call 905.885.8173 to...
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's Maple Syrup Day
Tour the sap collecting route, visit the sugar shack & enjoy story-telling from historic characters who will enlighten you on this sweet tradition. Then enjoy some pioneer games & face painting before settling in for a pancake feast!...
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's Family Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Day
Have you visited the Ganaraska Forest in the depth of winter? It's beautiful, especially on a pair of skis!  Come see for yourself during this annual event which starts with an intro to cross-country skiing and ends with a guided ski...
Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority's Maple Syrup Day enjoy live music and a pancake feast. $15.00/adult & $10.00/child (16 & under) Tickets purchased at Ganaraska Forest Centre Gatehouse upon...

Ontario Trails Adds More Trails!The Ontario Trails Council is pleased to be continually updating its website with more trails, this week we are adding  Thanks to all the great folks that continue to add trails to our inventory for everybody to access!

Arrowhead PP Ice Trail

Image credit to KAT

The Arrowhead Ice Skating Trail has generated a tremendous amount of fanfare over the last couple of years, as thousands flock north to try this breathtaking skate through the forest.
The Ice Skating Trail's season opening is always subject to weather. Over the last two seasons, the ice skating trail has been open for the first week of January until roughly the second week in March.
These dates should help you plan your winter getaway to Muskoka. A word from the wise, the best ice conditions will always be during the week, so if you are able to scoot up to Muskoka midweek, you will definitely be rewarded. If you want to start planning your winter getaway, find nearby accommodations in Huntsville.
Arrowhead Provincial Park's new ice skating trail may have garnered the park a lot of attention, but the truth is they have long been renowned as Muskoka's winter playground. The provincial park is regarded as one of the top cross country ski destinations in Ontario, with 28km of classic ski trails and 16km of skate ski trails, ranging in difficulty From beginner to expert.
The park also features a number of snowshoeing trails, with rentals for both snowshoeing and cross country skis available on site. If you want to get back to your childhood, there is a tubing hill at the park for you to whiz downhill on (tubes are provided).
If you need a break from the outdoors, the park has a number of heating stations with wood burning stoves for you to cozy up inside, perfect if you packed a lunch for your day of winter fun!

Eganridge Resort and Inn Cross Country Ski Trails

During winter months, our golf course & grounds are meticulously groomed with 4km of cross country ski trails. Trailhead sign with map available at trailhead.
Enjoy stunning vistas overlooking Sturgeon Lake, and secluded forests.
Please check-in with the Inn for more information. Food and soft drinks are available at the club house for trail users, when open. Trails are use at own risk, the resort does not provide rental equipment so bring in your own. All trail users are asked to stay on trail.
In the summer there are many canoe activities to enjoy. If you snowshoe, please snowshoe on trail but of cross country track. No motorized allowed on site. For more information, including maps, please visit our Web site at http://www.eganridge.com

Bracebridge Memorial Park Ice Skating Trail

Congratulations Bracebridge on creating an awesome enchanted park for families to enjoy!

Trusting this will be an annual winter event for skating and enjoying our beautiful town.

Trailhead Hastings!

Join us at Trailhead Hastings to ask and get answers to questions such as –
  • What’s the capitalization on value of Hastings Trails?
  • Is Hastings generating its portion of the trails economy relative to the rest of the province?
  • Are we keeping pace with other places?
  • Are we ahead or behind?, are we generating our fair share of investment?
  • Where is the trail travel dollar going? – Belleville, Centre Hastings, North Hastings, Bancroft -or out of the county?
  • How are we, and who is, measuring and supporting this economy?
Ontario Trails Council leads the way in Ontario and Nationally in making communities work though trails. We’ve led the way in communities learning and understanding the benefit of building complete trail systems.
In Ontario there are roughly 108 projects each year, worth $21M of capital investment, improvement and trail revitalization. What amount of this economy happens in Hastings?

8:00 –8:45AM      Registration Sponsored
8:45-9:00 AMTraditional Welcome, Algonquins of Ontario
Welcome Remarks
Algonquins of Ontario
Jack De Wit, President, Ontario Trails; Minister Eleanor McMahon MTCS*
9:00-10:00 AMPanel – Establishing and Understanding The Value of TrailsBetween Communities: Trails, Heritage and Cultural AwarenessEthan Huner, Algonquins of Ontario
Utilizing Lands for Trails – A New Way Forward with First NationsKate Potter, Orland Conservation, with guests.
Common Ground:Exploring the social value of trails.Terri LeRoux, CEO Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
10:00-11:00 AMPanel – The Economics of Trails, Investment, Development and ManagementCost Effectiveness Implementing Effective Trail BuildingZane Davies, PTBA Member, Treadscape*
Earning Revenue – Implementing Integrated Trails TourismPatrick Connor, Ontario Trails Council
Implementing Standardized Trails Classification Mark Schmidt,Parks Trails Analyst, Parks Canada Visitor Experience Branch
11:00 – 12:00 NoonPanel – Understanding the Trail ConsumerCycling Routes and CycleONOntario By Bike*
Trail Lessons Learned from Local Trail DataAlexandra Brodka, Project Manager, Hamilton Burlington Trails Council
Healthy HikesNekeisha Mohammed, Communications Officer, Conservation Ontario*
12:00-1:00 PMLuncheonUpdate on Ontario Trails Legislation and Trails Action PlanCarol Oitment, Policy Advisor Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport.
1:00-2:00 PMRound Table DiscussionsHastings County TrailsWhat we have, what we want, what we earn.
2:00-3:00 PMRound Table DiscussionsRegional Trail DevelopmentWhat we have, want we could have.
3:00 – 4:00 PMRound Table DiscussionsMaking the Pieces Fit – Mapping Out SuccessRecommended Integration of support systems.
4:00- 4:45 PMPlenary FocusGoals and Objectives for Trails 2017-2020Getting a More Robust Trails System and a More complete Trails Economy in Hastings County
4:45 – 5:15Wrap-up Thanks

Ontario Trails Recognizes
"Friends of Trails"

We wish to recognize the following persons as an Ontario Trails Council "Friend of Trails"
Al McPherson, Ben Ackerman, Bonnie Simpson, Craig Mosley, Damian Bradley, Dave Clark, Douglas Thompson, Duncan McCrae, Fred Mayo, Gail Montieth, Irene Marinko, Jason Jordan, Jesse Villemere, Joanna Milczarek, Kirsten Spence, Laurel Mundt, Paul Riccatti, Sandra Stout, Sasha Co. and Your Design Vehicle. Thanks you for Being a Friend of Trails!

MTCS Community Recreation Grant FundingOntario is now accepting applications for the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund (OSRCF) 2017–18. OSRCF is a grant program that supports the government’s vision to enable people in communities across Ontario to lead healthy, active lives. The fund increases opportunities for participation in sport and recreation, supports implementation of physical literacy as a foundation for lifelong physical activity and strengthens the community sport and recreation sector.

The deadline to apply for the Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund 2017–18 is February 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. EST. Full details, including who’s eligible and how to apply, are available through Grants Ontario, the providers in your area.

Use the trail guide for the best accuracy in open and closed trails this season.

Trailhead Canada - Save the date!

Trails Tourism Integration Strategy Meetings Underway

Over the fall we have been meeting with a variety of Regional Tourism Organizations and their supporting Destination Marketing Organizations or Destination Marketing Partners as the case may be. We have been creating connectivity to these important regional product marketers in order to reinforce the importance of trails and the outdoors as tourism product, and to seek new ways to improve our connectivity to them, as we represent their efforts and your trails via the Ontario Trails Council website.

Areas for improvement or site additions include such things as:
  • having an event map
  • self directed trail or event edits
  • mapping and maps
  • guided services listings
  • improved weather reporting
  • improved trip planning with printout
  • adding trails for folks with pets to cater to the traveler with pets
  • add trekking and other unique experiences
  • re-brand off-road cycling as mountain biking, add fat-biking as a specialty
  • space for local content
  • improved site search functionality
  • more links across RTO's
  • improved forms with additional categories
  • more support route content like Wine or Arts Routes
  • event to trail linkages on trail content pages
  • cms capability to red flag broken links
  • more! trails!
We appreciate the feedback from all the marketing and branding staffs we have worked with and all the suggestions for improvement. Thank- you

Membership Renewals - Thanks to our SupportersWe wish to thank the following organizations that have already completed their membership for 2017. We couldn't do our work without your continued support. Many thanks! Renew Today!

Frontenac County

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Norfolk County
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Hike Ontario

Town of Oakvilletown of oakville trailsExplore beyond your boundaries! Oakville's 200+ kilometres of recreational trails meander across all communities and connect all sections of the town. Information about recreational trails not currently included on this website will be updated as it becomes available.
You can plan your cycling or walking route through the town's beautiful trails and roadways with the Cycle, Walk Oakville map.
You may notice that trees have been removed from some trails. This is part of the town's ongoing efforts to remove dead and dying ash trees destroyed by Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) to ensure public safety and to help the forest regrow. Visit the Woodlands Hazard Abatement page to learn more.

Membership Benefits
  • OTC Trails and Event page representation
  • Representation on OTC trails maps
  • Social Media represents you to 60,000+ people
  • Fund Development through grant writing, grant support
  • Connectivity to the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
  • Leadership at the Ontario Trails Coordinating Committee
  • Office services and networking support
  • Partnership Support and Knowledge exchange
  • Access to Professional Development sessions
  • Tourism Practices, Trails Tort Reform, Trail Workshops
  • Access to Trail Insurance Broker
  • Option on registration in Trillium Trail Network
  • Local, regional or provincial User conflict resolution


Become a "Friend of Trails"
  • Savings on conference/seminar registration
  • Monthly e-bulletins
  • Access to OTC trails database
  • Great gift price!
  • Savings on trail literature/maps
$26.52 + $3.45 = $29.97 (includes 13% HST)
Benefits to Student
  • Editions of the OTC newsletter Trailwise
  • Access to OTC trails information
  • Conference and selected literature savings
  • * must provide student verification
$21.21 + $2.75 = $23.96 (includes 13% HST)

Our members include municipalities, conservation authorities, parks,
trail management groups, trail clubs, trail user groups, health units
and other trail-related supporting organizations.
Small Non-profit,
Small Organizations
Conservation Authorities,
Medium Municipalities,
Counties, Regional
Tourism Organizations
Provincial Level
>5000 users