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Friday, June 30, 2017

Ontario Trails News - Trailwise June 29, 2017

Weekly E-Bulletin of the Ontario Trails Council, the provincial trails association in Ontario. Week of June 29, 2017
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• Activity Pages • Books, Maps, Mugs and Tees
  • Dufferin County Delegation • Member News • Activity Updates 
Ontario Trails adds 4 Activities

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Through the process of consultation with the trails community, regional tourism organizations and destination marketing organizations we were asked to highlight some more specific information on the OTC website.

This included aerial trails, a sub-set of off-road trails with the mountain biker in mind, winter biking and skating trails. We encourage all members and organizations to let us know if you have a trail with the activities we haven't labelled.
ontario trails tree top trekking and aerial trails
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Hey! Know of a trail we don't?
Be sure to add it anytime. Takes about 6 minutes - if you've got local photos, add those (Add 4 minutes). Best 10 minutes you could spend all day!

ontario trails winter skating trails
ontario trails winter fat biking trails

Help us get your trail on the site

An important part of the new OTC Web site will be a page dedicated to each trail. It is important to give us as much information as possible - this will be the only source for creating your dedicated page on the OTC Web site.

If we don't get the information from you, it won't make it onto the site.

Thank you for taking the time to add your trail to the Ontario Trails Council Web site.

Easier access to the information you want.
It's clear - people that manage and operate trails wants access to information they can review so they can be in step with the best practices and current management operations of trails.

We've re-packaged information on the OTC website for quicker access - got a question look for the Standards and Practices page.

Industry Publications

Professional Certification

Management Practice

Risk Management

Accessibility Compliance


Event Planning

Educational Posters

Support Trails - Order your ball caps, mugs or OTC Shirt now! Quantities are limited.

ontario trails council books, maps, hats and tees

Dufferin County Forest Trails Meeting

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On June 27th Pam Coburn of the Ontario Equestrian Federation, Jack de Wit fo the OTC and CRHRA, and Patrick Connor from OTC made depositions to Dufferin County Social PLanning Committee regarding the recreational uses in the forest.

In the last month or so splitting of trails, as indicated through new signage was putting horses of safe trails onto roads. Over 100 horse riders responded in a week, with a petition, a call to action to OTC, OEF and CRHRA, and led by Stewart Dunkley (local enthusiast), we were able to get a motion from committee that the cyclists (mountain bikers) and the horses (who have to form a leadership group) to work with staffs to define and clarify trail routing, mapping, signage and capacity, amongst other issues between each other and with staff.

The DCF has a very equitable recreational plan, and over 4 years went into crafting the document. The OTC appreciates the efforts of staff and council, and we are grateful for their guidance in making a forest that will work with a process to reduce conflict and improve trail safety in the forest.

OTC Remarks

Dufferin County Forest Management Plan

Ontario Trails All Year Long! 

Add an Ontario Trail Logo to your website! 

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Watch for it on our social media, our facebook page and in our twitter feed.

Tell us all about your trail event and join us as we celebrate Ontario's Trails!
1. Log in Your Event  - Event spreadsheet.

2. Add your event to our event calendar -  add it here.

3. Post your personalized decal on your Trail - we have one for every group on our list. (see #5 below)

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4. Add your trail user survey to any of your trail pages - we've made one for our members and regions. Get your decal here -
We've checked the links, if something isn't working simply give us a call - 613-484-1140. We'll be adding these links to the various relevant trail pages in your regions and RTO's/DMO's over the upcoming year!

5. Send us your Trails video - we'll be posting content on-line at and we'd be happy to add to our trails tube - Missing? You may want to talk to us about OTC Membership. 613-484-1140 We'd be happy to connect with you.

News And Events 
Trailhead North 2018 - Sault Ste. Marie


In Spring of 2018 trail enthusiasts and supporters are headed to Sault Ste Marie for two days of meetings and lively discussion about all types of trails.
Our hosts invite you to join us to hear stories from wood and river, hill and valley. We will be talking about the great adventures we share and how to get more folks to love the outdoors the way we do.
April 26, 27th (at least) 2018


Protect the Grand Trunk Trail - please sign the petitionprotect the st mary's trail

We need your input!In 2015 we secured 101 respondents to our "The Value of Trails - Measuring the Economic Impact of Trails Survey."  We've added 18 more to the 2017 updates. We have a ways to go. Click through the screen capture below to access the survey.

value of trail survey 2017

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!

Trailhead Canada - Program Outline Update
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trailhead canada itinerary page 2

Membership Renewals - Thank-you for your Support!

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We wish to thank the organizations that have already renewed for 2017. We couldn't do our work without your support. Many thanks!