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Thursday, October 12, 2017

- Ontario Trail News 12/10/17 Trailwise - Ontario Trail Activities, Trailhead Canada, Member Updates, Education and more!

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  • Trailhead Canada Updates • Trail News • Activity Updates 
Ontario Trails Council Celebrates Fall through Trail Supporters!
Complete the @TorontoPFR Parkland Strategy Survey. Share your ideas on #TOparks of the future -  #Toronto
toronto parkland strategy

Grandmother Josephine Mandamin's niece Autumn Peltier has been nominated for Children's Peace Prize
great lakes water walk

We’re thankful for everything from the trees to the streams. #StepIntoNature
conservation ontario

#Hiking Granite Ridge Trail in Killarney Provincial Park @OntarioParks @ontrails @KillarneyPP

hiking granite ridge trail

Explore the Region using the @ontrails interactive map. 
ontario's southwest trails

Wind swept trees and endless views from La Cloche Silhouette Trail @KilarneyPP
Ontario Travel Killarney Provincial Park

Join us for an autumn hike-a-thon in support of the
Hamilton Burlington Trails Council!

Enjoy a 2km or 5km hike on the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens trails! The fun begins at the Alpine Tower at McMaster University. Following our walk, all hikers are welcome to a bonfire and marshmallow roast!This event is family and pet friendly!

Pledged donations will support these two HBTC initiatives!

The Regional Greenway Network
Imagine a network of trails, multi-use paths and bike lanes, providing a way for residents to engage in active transportation. HBTC is working on a way to safely and conveniently connect to natural, cultural and heritage areas, entertainment venues, businesses, schools, and transit hubs, from Hamilton to Burlington! Read more
Y.E.S. Trails 
The Youth Engagement Strategy is an ongoing project, striving to increase the number of youth spending time on trails. New outdoor opportunities, and training for communitee organizations are held to empower youth and their mentors to enjoy the benefits of healthy active living! Read more

Registration is free! A minimum pledge amount is required for hiking:
  • Minimum $75 for an Individual hiker
  • Minimum $100 Family group (two adults and up to three children who are up to 18 years of age)
  • Minimum $400 Team of 6 hikers
Please note, we will email you your pledge form and directions to the event headquarters within 24 hours of registering. You then arrive on the date of the event with your pledge forms and cash or cheque written out to "Hamilton Burlington Trails Foundation."
* HBTC has not for profit status but not charitable status. This being said, we are unable to issue tax receipts at this time. Through our fundraising efforts, we hope to one day be able to afford the fee for charitable status!
Are you a corporate group? Enter a team and we will be sure to feature your buisiness on our website and social media!
Are you a not for profit group or club? Get in touch with us to learn about how this fundraiser can act as a profit sharing event for your group! You can raise money for both your cause and ours at the same time!
Questions? Concerns? Please contact

Ontario Trails News  - Login Functionality is back!

ontario trails login

Over 400 people have signed up over the years for this web page functionality. With so much of the available OTC information on trails really being front page facing, this back end material didn't offer much value added.

However OTC does have specifically targeted information that is based on our most frequent requests, so we've synthesized the important stuff into key links and access locations to assist your desire as a trail community to learn more.

Pleased review your login and link. Many of you may want to turn on the login functionality given the renewed access to information. Or if you have turned it off and you wish to be removed from this service let us know.

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.

Trailhead Canada Program Updates and More!
Trailhead Canada 2017 Itinerary
Wednesday November 22, 2017
7:30 am - 8:30 amRegistration and Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:00 amOpening Remarks: Opening Remarks Host - Louis Carpentier
Opening Remarks Event Co-Chairs, Patrick Connor, Wayne Terryberry
9:00 am - 9:45 amPlenary #1
Speaker Name: Mr. Akaash Maharaj
Position Title: CEO of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) and former CEO Equine Canada
Presentation Title: An Understanding of Effective Governance and Policy Development at the National Level.
9:45 am - 10:15 amNetworking Break
10:15 am - 11:15 amNational Directions in Trails Tourism EDU-1
National Directions in Motorized Trails EDU-2
Speaker #1 Name: Michael Haynes
Position Title: Hiker Haynes
Presentation Title: Effective National Trail Marketing and Promotion Strategies

Speaker #2 Name: Liane Jordan, Co-ordinator of Certification, Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe (via Skype)
Position Title: Vice-President European Ramblers Association
Presentation Title: "Certification of hiking routes as 'Leading Quality Trails - Best of Europe'"

Speaker #3 Name:Garth Potruff
Position Title: Owner Operator Grand River Outfitters
Presentation Title: The Introductory Impacts of "Floating Classrooms"

Moderator: Jane Murphy
Position Title: Principal, Terminus Consulting Inc.
Speaker #1 Name: Dave Millier, CEO Sentry Metrics
Position Title: President, Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada
Presentation Title: Challenges and Opportunities for Dirt Bike Trails in Canada

Speaker #2 Name: Carolyn Richards,
Position Title: VP All Terrain Quad Council of Canada
Presentation Title: Understanding the Value of ATV'ing for Communities and for Sport

Speaker #3 Name: Dennis Burns
Position Title: CEO, Canadian Council of Snowmobile Organizations
Presentation Title: Current Realities of Canada's 150.000+ Kilometers of Snowmobiling Trails

Commentator: Oksana Buhel (COHV)

Moderator: Wayne Daub
Position Title: CEO AQCC
11:15 am - 12:15 amNational Directions in Trail Management EDU-3
National Directions in Economic Development EDU-4
11:45 am - 12:30 pmSpeaker #1 Name: Veronique Pelletier and Michel Blais
Position Title: Parcs Canada, Trails and Visitor Experience Officers
Presentation Title: Introduction to Trail Information Management Systems and their Application to User and Vistor Experience

Speaker #2 Name: Terri LeRoux
Position Title: CEO Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
Presentation Title: Developing an Inclusive Trail Master Planning Strategy

Speaker #3 Name: Deanna Cheriton, MA
Position Title: Supervisor, Greenspace Conservation, Toronto Region Conservation Authority
Presentation Title: Minimizing User Conflict through Apllied Management

Moderator: Alexandra Brodka, RPN
Position Title: Executive Director, Hamilton Burlington Trails
Speaker #1 Name: Jane Murphy-McCulloch
Position Title: Principal, Terminus Conculting Inc.
Presentation Title: Developing Quality Trails Products as Tourism Assets.

Speaker #2 Name: Paul Nopper, CDO
Position Title: Former CDO Madawaska Valley
Presentation Title: Trails and Power Sport Tourism as a Sustainable Economic Driver, The Madawaska Valley and Renfrew County Case Study.

Speaker #3 Name: AJ Strawson
Position Title: Executive Director, International Mountain Biking Association of Canada
Presentation Title: Mountain Biking, Infrastructure, Activity and Metrics, a Study on the Impacts of Mountain Biking to the Canadian Tourism Economy

Moderator: Patrick Connor, EDAC
Position Title: President Canadian Trails Federation
12:15 pm to 1:00 pmLuncheon
1:00 pm - 1:45 pmPlenary #2
Speaker Name: Dave Read
Position Title: CEO East Coast Trails
Presentation Title: Trails as Part of the Community Development Agenda
1:45 pm - 2:45 pmTrails Policies ED-5
Active Transportation EDU-6
Speaker #1 Name: Carol Oitment
Position Title: Policy Advisor, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (Ontario)
Presentation Title: Development in ontario trails, provincial trails act and the trails strategy

Speaker #2 Name: Tennessee Trent
Position Title: BC Trails Manager, Recreation Site and Trails BC
Presentation Title: Development of BC Recreation Trails Policy

Moderator: Robert Ramsay
Position Title: CEO Canadian Off-Highway Vehicle Distributors Council
Speaker #1 Name: Julia Barnes
Position Title: Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Presentation Title: Developing a Provincial Cycling Network

Speaker #2 Name: Louis Carpentier
Position Title: Vélo Québec
Presentation Title:

Speaker #3 Name: Rob Barnes (Invited)
Position Title: Managing Director, Ecology Ottawa
Presentation Title:

Moderator: Bruce Devine
Position Title: Manager, Greenspace and Pathways, National Capital Commission, Ottawa
2:45 pm - 3:00 pmNetworking Break
3:00 pm - 4:00 pmRisk Management EDU-7
Trail Building & Development EDU-8
Speaker #1 Name: Jeff Jackson
Position Title: Algonquin College
Presentation Title: Trail based User Safetry Systems; assessing and applying risk management tools to trails

Speaker #2 Name: Barb Sczctza
Position Title: Frank Cowan Company
Presentation Title: Best Practices in Trails Risk Management: Underwriter and Broker Perspectives.

Speaker #3 Name: Patrick Connor CAE
Position Title: Canadian Trails Federation
Presentation Title: Understanding Trails Risk and Mitigating Issues for Safe Trails

Moderator: Mark Schmidt
Position Title: Parks Canada
Speaker #1 Name: Zane Davies
Position Title: TREADscape
Presentation Title: The Path to Effective Trails

Speaker #2 Name: Valerie Govette
Position Title: Mont Tremblant MTB Trails Resort
Presentation Title: Developing Trails in Resort Evironment

Speaker #3 Name: Richard Grover
Position Title: Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A)
Presentation Title: A Trail Runs Through It, protectig the place we love through outdoor recreation and education

Moderator: Louis Carpentier
Position Title: CEO Velo Quebec
4:00 - 5:30RECESS
5:30 pm - 6:30 pmJane Koepke -Carcross Taglish Mountain Bike Trails

Appreciation for People, the Land, and Heritage; an Opportunity for Trails 
6:30 pm - 9:30 pmDinner + Social
Trailhead Canada 2017 Itinerary
Thursday November 23, 2017
8:00 am - 8:45 amRegistration and Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:00 amOpening Remarks
9:00 am - 9:45 amPolicy WG-1
Active Transportation and Trails WG-2
Delegates are invited to register to shape policy directions
Facilitator: Paul Ronan,
Position Title: CEO Ontario Parks Association
Delegates are invited to register to shape policy directions
Moderator: Louis Carpentier
Position Title: CEO Velo Quebec
9:45 am - 10:30 amRisk Management WG-3
Trail Building and Design WG-4
Delegates are invited to register to shape policy directions
Facilitator: Patrick Connor, CAE SSA
Position Title: President Canadian Trails
Delegates are invited to register to shape policy directions
Moderator: Zane Davies
Position Title: Treadscape Trail Builders
10:30 am - 11:00 amNetworking Break
11:00 am - 12:00 pmTourism and Marketing WG-5
Mixed Use Trails WG-6
Delegates are invited to register to shape policy directions
Facilitator: Jane Murphy
Position Title: Terminus Consulting
Delegates are invited to register to shape policy directions
Moderator: Wayne Daub
Position Title: All Terrain Quad Council of Canada
12:00 PMLuncheon
1:00 pm - 3:00 pmReport back and collection of action items from caucus groups- Moving towards a national trails
strategy. Facilitator: Jane Murphy, Principle, Terminus Consulting
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmClosing Remarks Host City - Louis Carpentier
Closing Remarks Event Chairs,
Patrick Connor, Wayne Terryberry

*Subject and content may change based on availability.


1) We are pleased to have added Mr. Bruce Devine, Senior Manager, Facilities and Programs; Gestionnaire principal, Installation et programmes, National Capital Commission, as a participant and a session moderator.

natikonal capital commission logo
2) Be sure to nominate somebody you know for a CTF-FNS Award! Canadian Trail Awards

Eventbrite - Trailhead Canada 2017
Make the Trailhead Canada Logo your Profile Pic!
Making the logo your profile pic shows your support for trails!

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)
elliot lake trails survey
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.