Ontario boasts over 80,000 km in trails. Whether you're in downtown Toronto or North of Superior, we have a trail for you.
The Ontario Trails Council is a registered charity, led by volunteers who promote the development, management, use and conservation of Ontario's trails.
You'll find everything from gentle walking trails to rock faces for climbing and water routes to canoe and kayak.
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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!
Wind swept trees and endless views from La Cloche Silhouette Trail @KilarneyPP
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 email@example.com
Ontario Trails News - Login Functionality is back!
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.
Opening Remarks: Opening Remarks Host - Louis Carpentier Opening Remarks Event Co-Chairs, Patrick Connor, Wayne Terryberry
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Plenary #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 am
10:15 am - 11:15 am
National Directions in Trails Tourism EDU-1 Location:
National Directions in Motorized Trails EDU-2 Location:
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 am
National Directions in Trail Management EDU-3 Location:
National Directions in Economic Development EDU-4 Location:
11:45 am - 12:30 pm
Speaker #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 pm
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Plenary #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 pm
Trails Policies ED-5 Location:
Active Transportation EDU-6 Location:
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 pm
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Risk Management EDU-7 Location:
Trail Building & Development EDU-8 Location:
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 - 5:30
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Jane Koepke -Carcross Taglish Mountain Bike Trails
Appreciation for People, the Land, and Heritage; an Opportunity for Trails
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dinner + Social
Trailhead Canada 2017 Itinerary
Thursday November 23, 2017
8:00 am - 8:45 am
Registration and Breakfast
8:45 am - 9:00 am
9:00 am - 9:45 am
Policy WG-1 Location:
Active Transportation and Trails WG-2 Location:
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 am
Risk Management WG-3 Location:
Trail Building and Design WG-4 Location:
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 am
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tourism and Marketing WG-5 Location:
Mixed Use Trails WG-6 Location:
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
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Report 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 pm
Closing Remarks Host City - Louis Carpentier Closing Remarks Event Chairs, Patrick Connor, Wayne Terryberry
*Subject and content may change based on availability.
OTHER TRAILHEAD CANADA NEWS
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.
3. Post your personalized decal on your Trail - we have one for every group on our list. (see #5 below) 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!