Ontario boasts over 80,000 km in trails. Whether you're in downtown Toronto or North of Superior, we have a trail for you.
The Ontario Trails Council is a registered charity, led by volunteers who promote the development, management, use and conservation of Ontario's trails.
You'll find everything from gentle walking trails to rock faces for climbing and water routes to canoe and kayak.
We need your help! In 2015 we secured 101 respondents to our "The Value of Trails - Measuring the Economic Impact of Trails Survey." We've added 12 more to the 2017 updates. We have a ways to go.
Below you will see the OTC is presenting to the Canadian Parks and Recreation Conference March 10, and to Parks and Recreation Ontario March 28. On both occasions we are speaking to trails tourism and the economic impact of trails.
Click through the screen capture below to access the survey.
There are many metrics to measure in determining the economic impact of trails, and tourism in just one factor. In order to accurately represent a closer economic impact of trails we are requesting your speedy response to our Call to Action for Your Input to our Value of Trails 2017 survey.
With your help we will make an even stronger case for trails and the supports you require to provide a top notch experience at each of your trail destinations.
We are also accepting new responses! Many Thanks!We encourage you to complete our Trails Tourism Survey We continue to work on gathering information in order provide Regional Tourism Organizations with an action plan for integration of trails, tourism, and marketing products, including changes to our award winning OTC Website.
In order to make recommendations we need your input. To date we have reached out to over 115 RTO/DMO/DMP partners. Please get back to us. We are trying to complete our analysis and we want your input as opposed to a gap, unfortunately gaps will be noted.
Contact Patrick at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him 613-484-1140, thanks. Trailhead Hastings - the Dialogue Continues!On March 14th, Patrick Connor from OTC and David Naulls from Trailhead Hastings met with Mike Bossio MP and we discussed the development of a Hastings County Master Plan, as well as federal support for trails nationally.
We thanks Mike for all his support and we look forward to enacting many positive outcomes, for Hastings and Canada into the future.
We had a fantastic turn out for Trailhead Hastings, over 40 people were there. Thanks to Jack de Wit, OTC President for attending, and to Carol Oitment, Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport, Mark Schmidt from Parks Canada, Louisa Mursell from Ontario By Bike, Kacey Rogerson from Hastings County, Robert Orland from Orland Conservation for their presentations!
And a special thanks to Catherine Trimble from North Hastings Economic Development Committee, Tanya Hill from Hastings Prince Edward Health Unit, and David Naulls, Councillor Wollaston Township for assisting with planning. Brantford Bike Park - Urban link to Trails Use! The OTC wishes to congratulate the City of Brantford and Councillor Rick Weaver for all the hard work moving this project forward. Urban parks like these lead to mountain bike trail use in the future!
More from Grand Valley
Trailhead North Nipigon!Join us in Nipigon as we present another symposium with enriched and regional content geared to the north! 2017 Program
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Trails Act & What it means for Northern Regional Trails
Parks Canada’s Trails Program & Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
Implementing the Parks Canada Trail Classification on Local Trails
Implementing Trail Education Program With North Shore Network
1:00 – 2:30 PM
First Nation’s Trail Development
1:00 – 2:30 PM
First Nation’s Eco Tourism – Lac Seul
First Nation’s Employment Training
Implementing Trail Training Program
Future Trail Research
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Trails, the Outdoors & Climate Change (7:30 PM)
8:30 – 9:00 AM
Lessons Learned – Setting Up A Guiding Business
A Guide To Northwestern Ontario’s Best Kept Secret
Tourism Excellence North Program
Sponsored by Lakehead University
Fat Bikes & Winter Trails
Canadian Trails Federation & Trailhead Canada
Trails Tourism Strategies – Lessons Learned from Central Counties
Implementing The Lighthouse Trail – Connecting 4 Light stations on Lake Superior
North of Superior Trails – Getting Organized
Rob Swainson, Hike Leader
As at 3/8/2017 Program content subject to change based on availability.
Parks and Recreation Ontario is delighted to invite sponsors, advertisers and trade show exhibitors to the PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show at Deerhurst Conference Centre from March 28 - 31, 2017. Come to introduce your product/service, increase visibility for your brand, and engage with more than 600 parks and recreation professionals from across Ontario and beyond.
Membership Renewals - Thank-you for your Support!We wish to thank the organizations that have already completed their membership for 2017. We couldn't do our work without your continued support. Many thanks!
"The OTC provides us with the ability to communicate and collaborate with industry stakeholders, professionals and advocates. It also provides us with the tools to develop our own capacities, skills and networks. As well, it is important to back to the OTC and trail communities in our province. Being an OTC member allows us to benefit from the knowledge of other members through education and professional development opportunities such as the Trailhead Ontario conference, and through professional networking. The OTC is the influential body that will help guide and shape the political, professional and physical landscape of trails in Ontario. Joining the OTC provides an opportunity to be part of this process: to both contribute and gain knowledge in a community of passionate, like-minded individuals and organizations." - Damian Bradley, Cycling advocate and Developer Guelph Regional Trails Council Membership Benefits INFORMATION AND FUNDING
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
ACCESS AND INFLUENCE
Connectivity to the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
Leadership at the Ontario Trails Coordinating Committee