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Monday, January 8, 2018

Ontario Trail News- Happy New Year.

Happy New Year!

From all of us at Ontario Trails, we wish you the best of the Holiday Season, and a most prosperous 2018! Photo from Algonquin Township Trails.

Upcoming Meetings

Ontario Trails Executive Dec. 21. 2017
Parks Canada Horse Trails in the Rouge, Dec. 21, 2017
Mattawa Economic Development Jan 5. 2018
North Hastings Jan. 15th, 2018
OFATV Board Jan. 20th, 2018
Ontario Trails Board Jan 25th, 2018
North Hastings Cycling Meeting Feb. 18th, 2018
Cycling Summit Apr. 17 and 18, 2018
Trailhead North Apr. 26, 27, 2018
Trailhead SouthWest June 5 and 6, 2018

Trailwise Every 2 Weeks in 2018
All the same great news every 2nd week in 2018! Special Postcards will be sent as required.

Durham Region Bike Shop
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Canadian Trail Awards
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 Cycling is growing in popularity across the province, and we know it’s important to have the right supports in place to make it more convenient for people to use their bikes. That’s why we are investing approximately $2.5 million from our carbon market to fund this new program.

Through the Commuter Bike Parking Program, we will install eight bike lockers at each of 15 commuter parking lots across the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area, creating a total of 120 bicycle parking spots. The program is also funding 28 bike rooms at 26 GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area, starting with the Appleby, Markham, Mount Pleasant, Bronte, Unionville and Stouffville stations.  Details Here.

Dress Right for Allright at Night
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Extreme Cold Weather
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Algonquin Trail Opens!
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Did your trail make the list?
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Conservation Authority gets Budget Increase
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Birding Takes Flight
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Be A Guided Hike Leader - Rouge Park
Article Here

Snowshoe Races Return
Article Here

New Appointments at National Capital Commission
Article Here

Have a Safe Snowmobile Season
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Conservation Act Changes Low Impact
Article Here

Prescott-Russell Feedback


We have just been from Montreal to Ottawa using this trail (Prescott and Russell Recreational Trail) from 31 Aug to 1 Sep 2017 using touring bikes (tires 28C).

Starting at St-Eugene ( but not before) it has the same quality as Petit Train du Nord all the way to Ottawa.

Over the 2 days, we met only 2 cyclists. Quiet and safe, although the small gravel reduced our speed by 10%.

We slept in Motel Rouleau of Alfred (65$) where people were friendly and bilingual. We are thinking to use it again for a trip MTL-Ottawa-Kingston-MTL.

We had difficulty to find the link with the Ottawa bike trails at the end. Loved it and recommend it.

(We have invited the PTBA, Prescott-Russell and the City of Ottawa, the NCC, Ottawa Cyclist Groups, the RDD and Tourism Ottawa to join us at Trailhead Canada to discuss making these Ottawa linkages happen)

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The Ontario Trails Council is a nonprofit charitable organization, established in 1988, that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails. With over 230 organizational members and 25 individual supporters the OTC continues to grow! Support trails in Ontario - join the OTC.

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Learn an Activity
Our website contains information on over 2,600 trails, and a description for nearly 2,000. Learn about the places where you can bike, cross country ski, climb or any of another 15 activities. We are linked to over 240 organizations and a variety of provincial groups that can help you learn an activity or become better at one you already love!

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Add Your Event
We post trail or outdoor events on trail specific Facebook pages, the main OTC Facebook page, and the event section of the OTC website. You can send us your event and we'll post it to these extensive networks. Each week we reach over 20,000 people, so if you want your event known, a bit better, send us the information.

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Add/Edit Trails
An important part of the Refreshed OTC Web site will be a dynamic page dedicated to each trail. It is important that you give us as much information as possible - this will be the only source for creating your dedicated page on the OTC Website. If we don't get the information from you, it won't make it onto the site. If you have any questions about the form, please contact Patrick at 613-484-1140. Thank you for taking the time to add or edit your trail on the Ontario Trails Council Web site.

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Be a Friend of Trails
We invite all trail users to support the work of the Ontario Trails Council. As a registered charity we do our community work based on the support of member organizations, individuals and some government grants. We do the work, in the end for the individual families and folks that use the trails every day. Please consider supporting us as your thanks for your trails. Thank you.

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1) Algonquin College program on-line

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2) OTC Website for your Mobile

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5) Safe Trails Manual

6) OTC Youtube Channel
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8) Enabling Change Program

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9) OTC Board 2017-18
Jack De Wit
Canadian Recreational Horse
and Rider Association
905-655-4666                                    Email

Dan Andrews
Lake Simcoe Region CA
705-927-8648                                    Email

William Mungall
Hike Ontario


Wayne Terryberry
McMaster University                        
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Jason Davis
Renfrew County

Terri LeRoux

Credit Valley Conservation Foundation                        
800-668-1615 ext. 218               

Mike McDonald
Hamilton Trails Committee          

Dr. Bob Payne
Director                                       Individual                                           Email

Patrick Connor
Ex-officio - Executive Director

If you are interested in assisting the OTC, through fundraising, membership development, conference planning or as an educator, please e-mail Jack De Wit to discuss.

The ideas, opinions, re-posting of news, editorials and content contained in this newsletter are not necessarily the ideas or opinions of the OTC Board or staff. This news is intended for informational purposes only. Any links or libraries, and the content embedded therein are the responsibility of the third party and the OTC is not responsible for their content. Any photos have been forwarded to the OTC for publication.

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The Ontario Trails Council has collected over 40,000 points of data on Ontario's recreational trails.

We know that there is a trail in over 430 communities. We know Ontario maintains over 80,000 km of trails.

This means a sizable investment of time, effort and funds has been utilized to create the world's largest system of trails.

This survey asks you to provide more detail on the inputs of time, effort and investment that made trails in your area.