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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Ontario Trails News - March 16, 2017

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Ontario Trails presents on Trails at Canadian Parks and Recreation Conference
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It was a pleasure to speak on the Value of Trails at the Canadian Parks and Recreation Conference in Banff on March 10th.

I talked to several important facts about trails:
  • Need for a National Trails Policy
  • Need for a Canadian Trails Act
  • 360,000 km of trails in Canada
  • 260,000 km of managed trails in Canada
  • 13,200 in Urban Areas (4.8%)
  • 37.6% of trails in Canada are for snowmobiling
  • 11.6% are for ATV
  • Nearly 50% of all trails are motorized.
  • We need CPRA and CPRA Member support to get trails made in Canada
  • Trans Canada Trail is 21/360, or .05% of all Trail
I express my sincere gratitude to Paul Ronan, Jack de Wit, Linda Strong Watson, the OTC, CTF and many others for making this trip possible.

You can see my full presentation here:

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 Surveyrtos Mtcs
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 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!

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Trailhead North Nipigon!Join us in Nipigon as we present another symposium with enriched and regional content geared to the north!
2017 Program
Wednesday Topic
8:30 – 9:00 AM Coffee Served
9:00-9:30 AMWelcome
9:30-10:15 AMTrails Act & What it means for Northern Regional Trails
10:15-10:30 AMBreak
10:30-11:15 AMParks Canada’s Trails Program & Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area
11:15-11:45 PMImplementing the Parks Canada Trail Classification on Local Trails
11:45-12:00 PMImplementing Trail Education Program With North Shore Network
12:00-1:00 PMLuncheon
1:00 – 2:30 PMFirst Nation’s Trail Development
1:00 – 2:30 PMFirst Nation’s Eco Tourism – Lac Seul
2:30-2:45 PMBreak
2:45-3:15 PMFirst Nation’s Employment Training
3:15-3:45 PMImplementing Trail Training Program
3:45-4:15 PMFuture Trail Research
4:15-4:30 PMNetworking
5:00-6:00 PMCash Bar
6:00 – 9:00 PMTrails, the Outdoors & Climate Change (7:30 PM)
 8:30 – 9:00 AMCoffee Served
9:00-9:15 AMWelcome
9:15-9:45 AMNipigon’s Trails
9:45-10:15 AMLessons Learned – Setting Up A Guiding Business
10:15-10:45 AMA Guide To Northwestern Ontario’s Best Kept Secret
9:45-10:45 AMTourism Excellence North Program
10:45-11:00 AMSponsored by Lakehead University
11:00-NoonFat Bikes & Winter Trails
Noon-1:00 PMLuncheon
1:00-1:45 PMCanadian Trails Federation & Trailhead Canada
1:45-2:30 PMTrails Tourism Strategies – Lessons Learned from Central Counties
2:30-3:00 PMImplementing The Lighthouse Trail – Connecting 4 Light stations on Lake Superior
3:00-4:00 PMNorth of Superior Trails – Getting Organized
4:00-5:00 PMRob Swainson, Hike Leader

As at 3/8/2017 Program content subject to change based on availability.

Trailhead Headwaters in Development - May 2017!

Trailhead Mountain Bike - in development!

Ontario Trails E.D. Presenting at PRO Conference

PRO Educational Forum and Trade Show

March 28 - 31, 2017



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.

Please complete our Value of Trails 2017 Survey by March 1 - your input will shape our CPRA and PRO Presentations

Trailhead Canada - Topics Listed On-Line!Below you'll see our first poster for the event. Click through to the main website to find 7 pages of topics we are planning to explore over the event.

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Be sure to check out the 7 pages of topics up for presentation.

Remember to Donate!


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! 

join ontario trails"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
  • 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
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  • Option on registration in Trillium Trail Network
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