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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Ontario Trail News 03/08/17 Trailwise - Trail Stories, Trailhead Canada Program and Presenters, Ontario Trail Activities and Trailhead Event Packages!

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Celebrate Ontario's 150th Anniversary this August Long Weekend

August 3, 2017

Festivals and Events Happening Across Ontario

Celebrate Ontario's 150th anniversary this August long weekend with festivals and events happening across the province. From taking in a concert to exploring the province's history, there are plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy:
  • Check out a free concert in Hamilton on August 5th, featuring July Talk, Kathleen Edwards and Scott Helman. This event is part of the ONtour series.
  • Visit the iconic SESQUI dome in Richmond Hill that has been mesmerizing audiences with awe-inspiring images of Canada and Ontario in the 9k, 360°, 20 minute long film called HORIZON.
  • Play with a digital graffiti wall at Ontario Place's Art & Music Festival. Admission is free, and visitors can take an art history class, watch local artists paint or enjoy a Drone Light Show.
  • Take the family to the Deep River Summer Festival, which showcases the unique contributions of the area to Canadian culture. Enjoy music, baseball, a petting zoo and fireworks.
  • Engage with academics, community leaders, social innovators and entrepreneurs at the Freedom Summit in Amherstburg. Inspired by the local history of the Underground Railroad, this event offers youth the opportunity to discuss solutions to issues facing today's young people.
  • Celebrate Indigenous music and traditions with Music for an Avon Morning in Stratford. Daily performances from August 4-6 will honour First Nation's history.
  • Participate in the Dance and Drumming Festival presented by the North Bay Multicultural Centre in partnership with CanAfrique Theatre. 
  • Experience the award-winning Muslimfest in Mississauga, which showcases Muslim arts and entertainment. Be sure to stop at the Ontario150-supported 150 Muslim Contributions: A Mixed Media Exhibit displaying how everyday Canadian Muslims have enhanced the Ontario experience through art, music and video.
  • Discover the heritage of hunting, trapshooting and the great outdoors in St. Thomas with Ontario's 150th Anniversary Trapshooting Celebration. From August 5 to 7, experience how this sport impacted Ontario history and culture.
  • Step back in time by visiting the Laura Secord Homestead and Old Fort Erie in the Niagara Region. Experience Ontario history through costumed staff, demonstrations, storytelling and free admission on August 7th at these Niagara Parks Commission sites.
  • Star gaze in the Science North planetarium with Under the Same Stars: Minwaadiziwin. Learn about constellations, the Anishinaabe stories that define them and how the First People were scientists and inventors. 
  • Walk through the lush gardens at the Royal Botanical Gardens and experience Nature Connects: Art with LEGO Bricks. This inspiring exhibit features 14 LEGO sculptures and highlights the importance of biodiversity and connecting with nature.      
Helping people celebrate Ontario's culture and history is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Ontario Trails simplifies your Membership Connection!
Over the years the Ontario Trails Council has worked to provide services that give you value and results for your membership support. We are constantly working to improve services and your ability to easily provide feedback on our efforts.

In March the OTC Board endorsed moving to a more automated system of membership management, deciding to use the platform Memberplanet. More information on this can be found at Memberplanet.

The OTC is working to implement this system.  The ways to Memberplanet should make membership management easier include:

1) Account information accuracy
2) On-line membership renewal
3) Contact status updates
4) Group news

The membership planet platform provides all of these, including invoicing and receipt generation functions. So if you have an A/P department to report too, this should make your paper trail readily available to you!

When you start the process you'll be directed to this window. We are working on updating existing members to the database. So if you are an existing member, just bookmark this information for reference. We'll send you reminders about renewing at renewal time, in late November each year.

You'll be asked to complete profile questions and you'll end up with a distinct member profile, like the one below.

You'll be asked to complete the purchase by selecting your membership level.

You'll be asked to provide any additional information -

At this point checkout by Paypal.

If you prefer the old way, the forms and the sending of information is still available at any of the following pages:


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 areas of trail development, management and operation.
8) As a Trailhead Canada'er you can lead the nation with your work group input.
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 -

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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!

Epic Tour Mountain Bike Festival

epic mountain bike kelsoKelso, Ontario’s newest mountain bike event the Epic Tour Mountain Biking takes place on Sept. 10 at Kelso Quarry Park. Formerly known as the Kelso MTB Fondo, the non-competitive ride takes place on well-marked trails offering something to cyclists of all levels. The organizers expect to attract as many as 4,000 mountain bikers and road cyclists to the park. The cycling celebration will continue following the event with live music, a free barbecue meal, complimentary beer and industry exhibitors for riders to check out the latest and hottest gear.
Epic Tour Mountain Biking is not a race with riders selecting from the beginner, intermediate or advanced rides to have the experience suitable for their skills.