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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Ontario Trail News 27/07/17 Trailwise - Ontario Trail Stories, Trailhead Canada Program, Ontario trails Member and Activity Updates, Top 10 Reasons to Attend Trailhead Canada

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• Ontario Trail News • Books, Maps, Mugs and Tees
  • Trailhead Canada Updates • Member News • Activity Updates 
Top Reasons Why You Should Attend Trailhead Canada - Please share!
HI - I am writing you as Co-Chair of the Trailhead Canada Trails Event taking place in Ottawa November 21-23, 2017.

If you are a trail user, manager, marketer or builder, I want to encourage you to attend this national trail event.

Here's how I think you'll benefit by joining us:

1) Attendees will be part of the first national gathering of trail leaders since 2010
2) Parks Canada Trails Training is open to delegates
3) Participants will be shaping a national trails policy
4) You can join in with Federal Government leaders who will be meeting with Provincial Government leaders
5) Registrants can be part of the national trails showcase November 21-23
6) As an Activity leader you can join other Activity leaders, hiking, snowmobiling, cycling, mountain biking canoe and kayak, climbing, cross country and equestrian.
7) Attendees can learn from experts in various ares of trail development, management and operation.
8) As a Trailhead Canada'er you can lead the nation with your work group
9) Networkers are present to build your national connectivity and connections.
10) Enablers are on site to assist with your local, design, build management, attraction, conflict or advocacy.

National events like this only happen once every 20 years.

Make this your time to have a say in Canadian trails.

Early Bird Discounts end August 15th, 2017 -

Eventbrite - Trailhead Canada 2017

Parks Canada Partnering in Support of Trailhead Canada!

Eventbrite - Trailhead Canada 2017

Trailhead Canada Logo Released.

Share the logo on your website - show your support for Canadian Trails!

Eventbrite - Trailhead Canada 2017

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

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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

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!

Ontario Trails News - 

Canada’s Jesuits, indigenous hope canoe trip can foster reconciliation

Jesuit priests in Canada pose for a photo in July. They have embarked on a 540-mile canoe journey that will take them from Midland, Ontario, to Montreal, in an effort to promote reconciliation with Canada’s indigenous peoples. (CNS photo/courtesy Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage)
By Mickey Conlon • Catholic News Service • Posted July 26, 2017
TORONTO (CNS) — The path to reconciliation between Canada and its First Nations’ people will ultimately be a long journey, but the road to healing a schism developed over 400 years needs to start somewhere.
The Canadian Canoe Pilgrimage is a small starting point that organizers hope can advance the process. A project of the Jesuits in English Canada in response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the pilgrimage set off from Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons in Midland, Ontario, July 21 on a monthlong, more than 500-mile canoe journey expected to end Aug. 15 at the Kahnawake First Nation near Montreal.
The project, two years in the making, has brought together different cultures in an example of how to foster respect, trust, dialogue and friendship. The goal is to have the diverse core group of 30 indigenous and Jesuit paddlers — with others joining at stops along the way — become immersed in each others’ customs and traditions for an entire month.

Online course will expand understanding of safety around horses

The Horse Behavior and Safety course is a collaborative effort between the University of Guelph and University of Kentucky.

By Equine Guelph | July 25, 2017
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The University of Kentucky’s Saddle Up Safely (SUS) program and Equine Guelph have announced a partnership to provide members of SUS’ partner organizations with short, easily-accessible online training on equine safety and welfare.

Great Lakes Trail Extension On the Way

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski

Saugeen Shores will soon be part of the extension of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

Saugeen Shores will soon be part of the extension of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail which is a draw for recreational and serious bicyclists.

Community Services Director Jayne Jagelewski says it doesn't mean new trails will be developed because the infrastructure is already in place.

It DOES mean that new signage will be going up to designate certain roads and trails as part of the province-wide trail.

Both Saugeen Shores and the Waterfront Trail are supporting members of the Ontario Trails Council, we thank them for their support.


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!