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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Ontario Trails News - March 2, 2017

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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!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.

Dialogue continues on making more trails for Hastings County and on providing content as the County develops a trails master plan.

Trailhead North Nipigon!Join us in Nipigon as we present another symposium with enriched and regional content geared to the north!
Trailhead Headwaters in Development - May 2017!

Trailhead Mountain Bike - in development!

Ontario Trails E.D. and OTC Board Member Paul Ronan Presenting at CPRA Conference

2017 Canadian Parks Conference:
Parks, Protected Areas, Open Spaces and Public Places

March 8-11, 2017 The Banff Centre Banff, Alberta
The Conference Brochure has just been released! Click here to see details on our engaging keynotes, educational break-out sessions and exciting social events!
ARPA is excited to announce that we will be hosting a national parks conference in 2017! This networking, professional development and social event will inspire and challenge contemporary thinking about parks, protected areas, open spaces and public places. The conference will include six keynote speakers, over 45 breakout session, and pre-conference workshops and tours.
The 2017 Canadian Parks Conference will build off of the momentum and outcomes of the 2016 Canadian Parks Summit, and include speakers and topics of interest on themes, opportunities and issues discussed at the Summit.
Join us in our country's first-ever national park to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday and renew a vision for Canada's parks!

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.

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
  • 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.
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Small Organizations
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Counties, Regional
Tourism Organizations
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