Trailhead Canada – 1 Month to the Trail event of 2017

Trailhead Canada 2017

Working Towards a Framework for a National Trails Strategy

November 22 – November 23
The Years Premier Conference on All Things Trails is
Only 40 Days Away, So Register Now!

To Mark Canada’s 150Anniversary,

Join Organizations And Representatives From Around The Nation As They Gather In Gatineau And Ottawa To Develop A Framework For A National Trails Strategy.  

Representatives from provincial and national parks and trails organizations, policy makers, granting organizations and trail developers will all be present during the 2-day conference to collaborate on a framework that will align trail priorities and practices at the national level.

Ensure Your Organization’s Voice Is Heard by attending the conference and contributing to a truly national framework that will one day lead to a nationally recognized gold standard in trail practice.

Pre Conference Evening Reception

Network with colleagues from around the nation, local leaders and MPs in Canada’s capital region (November 21)

Affordable Travel and Accommodation Options

Register Today and Ensure Your Voice Is Heard

Patrick Connor BA (Hons) C.A.E., S.S.A.
C.E.O., Ontario Trails Council

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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 ares 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!

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Trailhead Canada Logo Released.

Share the logo on your website – show your support for Canadian Trails!

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Patrick Connor C.A.E. S.S.A. 
President, Canadian Trails Federation

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Ontario Trail News 13/07/17 Trailwise – New Trail Publications, Trail Stories, New Trails Opening, Trailhead Canada Program and Trailhead Events!

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• North Hastings Master Plan • Books, Maps, Mugs and Tees
  • Trailhead Canada Registration • Member News • Activity Updates

Oshawa author’s latest highlights Ontario trails

Posted on July 12, 2017 by oshawaexpress in News

By Dave Flaherty/The Oshawa Express

Long before Ontario was covered with sprawling stretches of multi-lane highways, the Indigenous communities of the region had their own widespread transportation network.

In his new book, The Legacy of Vanished Trails, Oshawa-based author Grant Karcich takes an in-depth look at the trails and portages that made up those networks.

According to Karcich, the book “extends the story” of his previous publication, Scugog Carrying Place: A Frontier Pathway, by examining historical trails and portages, which helped to increase co-operation between Indigenous peoples and European settlers and provided pathways to undiscovered portions of what eventually became Ontario, in their ‘modern settings’.

“This book tries to answer questions such as ‘who were the First Nations people in Durham and how did the Indigenous communities north of Lake Ontario develop?’”, Karcich explains.

Karcich said there has been relatively little written about these trails and portages and he wanted to highlight their importance in the settlement of not only Durham Region, but the entire province, as he examines portages in areas such as Toronto, Peterborough and the Bay of Quinte.

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“This book reveals new, never before released details about the beginnings of Ontario and how the ancient trails evolved into modern transportation routes,” Karcich says, adding, “These trails were essentially the 407 and 401 of the day.”

The book also includes photographs, maps and information on artefacts that have been discovered in the vicinity of these historical trails and portages.

Over the past 150 years, Karcich said the once bustling routes have “primarily been left abandoned” but “some bits and pieces” remain.

Karcich said he began writing The Legacy of Vanished Trails about two years ago, and this time around, he went the self-publishing route, creating Red Handprint Press.

“Who knows I might be able to publish more books, there’s still a lot out there [to tell],” he says.

The Legacy of Vanished Trails is available online at and will also be on bookshelves in several locations.

Karcich will be hosting at book launch at CORE21, 21 Simcoe St. S. on June 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit

High Lake Levels Impacting Beach
from Liz Thorne, windsordotcanewsliz thorne newsHigh lake levels have caused significant erosion to the shoreline at Holiday Beach according to the Essex Region Conservation Authority, resulting in limited beachfront and in some cases, downed trees.

“We’ve experienced this type of erosion before when lake levels were high in 1986,” explains Tim Byrne, ERCA’s Director of Watershed Management Services. “Once lake levels recede, we do expect that natural processes will eventually allow the beach to be restored.”

“There are still many other wonderful experiences available at the conservation area,” notes Kevin Money, ERCA’s Director of Conservation Services. “Our hiking trails are open, fishing is available at our pond, guests always enjoy the Hawk Tower and many people come to picnic at our picnic area. Unfortunately, at this time, there is not much beachfront available to spread out a blanket or chairs. We are currently investigating options such as beach nourishment and other shoreline protection infrastructure in an effort to protect this area.”

Holiday Beach is open from dawn to dusk daily.

ERCA is an Ontario Trails Council Member Organization

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July 11th, 2017 by 


Belleville is hoping to get some major provincial funding for its bicycle lanes programs over the next few years.

The province has announced its Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, a four-year cost-sharing funding system for cycling infrastructure.

City council has approved applying for the funding for its 2017 projects, which include Bridge Street West connecting Loyalist College to the downtown, the Northeast Industrial Park extension, and the Station Street – Haig Road extension.

The 2o17 plan also calls for 3.6 kilometres of lanes on Bridge Street East and a designated biking route east of the Moira River.

If the application for the $3.3 million worth of work is successful, it would mean the city would only have to pay $710,000, with the province picking up the remaining $2.6 million.


RFP for Non-Motorized Trail Pan for North Hastings Released.

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Dear Recipients,

We are pleased to attach our RFP for the development of a Non Motorized Master Trail Plan for North Hastings. Please share with your networks and contacts as required.
Having had discussions with you over the past year, we wanted you to have an opportunity to provide your response for this initiative.
The North Hastings Municipalities are collaborating on the development of a network of Non-Motorized Trails (NMTs) throughout the region as a means to better address their residents’ desire to improve opportunities for active, non-motorized outdoor recreation as a means for community health and economic development. To accomplish this vision, they are working under the authority of the NHEDC to undertake several initiatives, the most important of which is the development of the North Hastings NMTMP to guide municipal decisions concerning the long-term governance, management, sustainability and administrative practices of NMTs throughout the region. The NMTMP will provide North Hastings Municipalities with clear direction decision-making with regards to the planning, construction and management NMT infrastructure. This project is dependent on the success of obtaining a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Note SEED submission to OTF submitted February 21, 2017.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Cathy Trimble

North Hastings Economic Development Committee

Support Trails – Order your ball caps, mugs or OTC Shirt now! Quantities are limited.

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Sandbanks Provincial Park Receives International Eco-certification

July 12, 2017

Outlet Beach in Sandbanks Recognized as Clean, Safe and Accessible Through Blue Flag Designation

Outlet Beach at Sandbanks Provincial Park has received Blue Flag designation, an international eco-certification recognizing the beach as clean and accessible with great water quality, high safety standards and excellent shoreline and ecosystem protection.

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, Kathryn McGarry was at Outlet Beach today to raise the flag and celebrate this award along with Ontario Parks staff.

To receive a Blue Flag, beaches and marinas must meet high international standards in four categories: water quality, environmental management, environmental education, and safety and services.

Sandbanks Provincial Park is one of Ontario’s busiest provincial parks and, along with its amazing beaches, offers many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, including:

  • Camping on one of the more than 600 campsites including waterfront camping, tenting sites or trailer sites with electrical hook up.
  • Swimming, fishing, boating and a Visitor Centre with educational displays.
  • Hiking through multiple trails, including the accessible Sandbanks Dune Trail home to the largest dune system of its kind in the world, and rare wetland habitat that supports wildlife and unusual flora.
  • Canoeing the Outlet River and exploring its marsh habitat.

Ontario Trails Council supported Friends of Sandbanks Provincial Park enabling two significant trail projects to occur through the National Trails Coalition Program in 2009-11, and 2014-16.


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!

Trailhead Canada – Program Outline Update and Live Registration!

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Membership Renewals – Thank-you for your Support!

join ontario trailsWe wish to thank the organizations that have already renewed for 2017. We couldn’t do our work without your support. Many thanks! 


Be Sure to Check out the Great Line Up of Presenters for Trailhead Toronto!


Trailhead Toronto has a great line-up of trail knowledge experts – please join us to hear great information and engaging discussion on:

Cycling Infrastructure and Safety in the City – Joey Schwartz, Toronto Bicycling Network

How walking can alter your mood, and more! – Terri LeRoux, Credit Valley Conservation

Classifying Your Trail for Better Experience – Mark Schmidt, Parks Canada

Gaining Trails in Urban Environments – Wayne Terryberry, McMaster University

Heritage Awareness the Signage – Larry Frost, Native Cultural Centre of Toronto

Provincial Supports from the Ontario Trails Strategy, the Ontario Trails Act and other Ministry led initiatives – ADM Harlow Ministry Tourism Culture and Sport

Accessible Trails in the City – Wendy Strickland, City of Toronto

Building trails on TRCA Lands – Mike Bender, Toronto Region Conservation Authority

Trails and Parks in the City – Karen Sun, City of Toronto

Healthy Hikes – enabling your health province wide – Nekeisha Mohammed, Conservation Ontario

And more!!





New speakers added to Trailhead Toronto

Be sure to watch for updates to our presenters!

Carolyn Woodland OALA, FCSLA, MCIP, RPP Senior Director, Planning, Greenspace and Communications for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).
Carolyn Woodland OALA, FCSLA, MCIP, RPP Senior Director, Planning, Greenspace and Communications for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

We are Very pleased to have added Carolyn Woodland OALA, FCSLA, MCIP, RPP as a speaker to the Trailhead Toronto Agenda. Thanks to TRCA and to Carolyn for giving of their time and expertise. November 24, 2016

Carolyn Woodland is Senior Director, Planning, Greenspace and Communications for the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). Since 2002, she has overseen the environmental planning, development review, policy and environmental assessment functions for the conservation authority within 18 municipalities. She has worked with Waterfront Toronto, the National Capital Commission (Ottawa), the former Crombie Commission, and City of Toronto on many landmark planning and design assignments. She and her team prepared the award winning “The Living City Policies for Planning and Development in the Watersheds of TRCA”, setting new design and technical standards for green infrastructure in new and redeveloping communities.
Carolyn is a landscape architect and planner with almost 40 years of experience as an award winning consultant, academic (University of Toronto), and in public service. She has lectured across Canada on the importance of setting new community directions with an ecological view to planning and urban form. A few of her trail planning and resource management/tourism projects include Discovery Routes of the Near North, Rouge Park Management Plan, Twenty Valley Tourism Strategy, and the Martin Goodman Trail at Humber Bay Shores.

Help others with Useful Information about an Ontario trail!

Got a comment about a trail? Got Facebook? Leave information for others on any one of 2600 trails in Ontario on our trail pages! For example see: In this case some folks help others with information about parking. Thanks

Shirley Rose

I would love to go to the lake and walk around but unless I live right by the lake there is nowhere to park to get to the lake. Does anybody go to this lake that doesn’t live right beside it because it seems to be right in the middle of apartment buildings, townhouses and houses where there is no parking. How do I get to go to the lake and where do I park so I can do this?
Craig D Tibbits ·

If you park at meadowvale towncenter close to the bus terminal. There is a path from the bus terminal that leads right into the ” aquitaine loop ” trail as i call it. Walk my dog there all the time. Its great. Walk across the field where the busses pick up passengers. And the path leads to a tunnel with beautiful murals and past the community center and voila your at lake aquitaine. Enjoy.
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