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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Ontario Trail News 10/08/17 Trailwise - Ontario Trail Stories, Trailhead Canada Updates, Ontario Trail Activities and Trailhead Event Packages!

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• Membership News • Books, Maps, Mugs and Tees
  • Trailhead Canada Updates • Trail News • Activity Updates 
On-line Algonquin College Programs
Ontario Trails offers professional certification and courses are starting in the Fall as part of the Ontario Trails Education Program.

Two programs are starting again in the Fall

Trail Management

Course: OAD3002
This course is listed under the following fields of study:
The management of trails is complex and requires experts with business acumen to ensure the development and viability of a trail system as a community and tourism asset. Students learn essentials of business planning, budgeting, marketing and promotion of trails. Mitigating risk and engaging volunteers are also explored. Students come away with the strategies and skills necessary to manage projects in the trail industry.
FALL 2017
Online Learning
800Sep 12 - Dec 19Online$650.00Register Online

Trail Steward

Course: OAD3000
This course is listed under the following fields of study:
Personal and group safety on trails is important and, to ensure safety, the trail industry adheres to trail standards and maintenance practices guided by provincial legislation. Students examine the basic requirements of being an effective member of a trail management crew through conducting trail assessments, completing trail inventory, following trail standards and learning the basics of trail maintenance.
FALL 2017
Online Learning
800Sep 12 - Dec 19Online$160.00Register Online

We welcome the Town of LaSalle as a new OTC Member!lasalle parks and trailslasalle parks and trails
Learn more about the great trails in LaSalle Ontario!

Parks and Trails

The Town of LaSalle offers many beautiful parks you can visit year-round. Our natural landscape makes playing in the great outdoors an adventure. In addition to beautiful Parks, come discover all the paths and Trails. Whether you prefer walking, jogging, cycling, or mountain biking, there are a number of places you will want to investigate.

Trail Map

Healthy parks help make healthy people, and recreating in natural spaces has proven physical, mental and spiritual health benefits. 
Physical activity, especially in a peaceful, natural setting, can help to reduce stress and promotes mental and spiritual health.
Visiting natural areas was also identified as one of the top activities in which tourists like to engage in the Essex Region.

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, 2017.
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 -

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!