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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Ontario Trails News - Trailwise - June 8, 2017

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• FONOM Support • Trailhead Events • Membership Drive 
  • Donate to Trails Today • Member News • Activity Updates 
Ontario Trails thanks the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities for their Support!
We wish to thank the Board and Directors of the federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities for their support of our work. We do a lot of work in NOrthern Ontario and we know the communities appreciate the planning and guidance we bring.

As we work with all municipalities in the promotion of trail activity, best practices, risk reduction and economic development we want the membership to know, more than ever we are working with groups to improve your ability to improve the quality of life for the public through trails.

Many thanks FONOM!

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Want to learn more about trails in Northern Ontario? Ontario Trails is holding a spring conference in Sault Ste. Marie on April 26-27, 2018. Visit for more info.
You can also complete a survey for Northern trail use. Click here.

Hickling Trail Opening - a "Happy Trails" project.

Congratulations  to all the groups that made this trail happen!

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 - 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

Are your Trails Senior Friendly?
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News Release

Helping Seniors Stay Active in Their Communities

June 7, 2017

Ontario Supporting Local Projects that Support Healthy and Active Seniors

Ontario is supporting up to 460 new projects through the Seniors Community Grant program to help seniors get involved and stay active in their communities.
Minister of Seniors Affairs Dipika Damerla made the announcement this morning at the Coniston Community Gardens in Sudbury, which offers local seniors the opportunity to enjoy raised gardening beds in a city-owned park with the support of experienced gardeners.
The Seniors Community Grant program supports initiatives and projects in the non-profit sector that help seniors across the province stay involved and active in their communities, find volunteer opportunities and engage in continuous learning, with programming and services specifically for seniors.
Supporting healthy, active seniors across the province is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.


  • The government is providing $11 million over the next three years towards the Seniors Community Grant program, including $2.7 million today to fund up to 460 projects across the province.
  • The theme of this year’s Seniors Month in Ontario is “Live Your Best Life.” The Seniors Community Grant helps to support seniors living active, healthy and engaged lives in their communities.
  • Launched in 2014, the program has invested $7.7 million to support more than 1,300 projects to help approximately 435,000 seniors across the province.
  • Up to 460 projects will receive a total of up to $2.7 million in funding benefitting approximately 185,000 seniors. This represents the highest number of projects funded in a single year since the program’s inception.
  • June is Seniors’ Month: an opportunity to celebrate and honour the knowledge, experience and the contributions that seniors make every day in communities across Ontario.


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.

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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!

Event notice: Ride the GARTRide the Goderich-Auburn Rail Trail on June 4th to celebrate Trails Week in Ontario; meet at the trailhead on Harbour Street, Goderich at 1 p.m. for a leisurely ride. Sponsored by Active Transportation Goderich, and the Maitland Trail Association. More information - Ride the Gart

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

City of Toronto

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A City Within a Park

Toronto has more than 1,500 parks with numerous open spaces and 600 km of trails. The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13% of the city's land area. It includes about 40% of Toronto's natural areas, many of which lie within the ravine system and along the Lake Ontario shoreline. City parks also feature beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, gardens, conservatories, ice rinks, special events and much more for you to enjoy.


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Lower Don Trail Closure

Lower Don Trail, south of Pottery Road to Riverdale Park Bridge, will remain closed until July 2017. Learn more about the Lower Don Trail Improvements.


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