Trailwise – Ontario Trail Newsletter June 22, 2017

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Ontario Place Trail Opening – 
Ontario Trails Council received an invite from the Office of the Premier to attend the opening of the William Davis Trail at Ontario Place June 19, 2017.

Jack de Wit, President, Dan Andrews Secretary Treasurer, Joey Schwartz of the Toronto Bicycling Network and a proponent of the Toronto Trails Committee development and Patrick Connor attended on behalf of the Ontario Trails Council.

It’s important to attend these developments as it represents a local chance for many of the public to learn about trails. ALready signed as part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail, OTC Member GLWT Marlaine Keohelr and David Crombie also attended. The Premier and the Minister spoke from the podium. As did Mississauga’s of the Credit.

One of the most important interactions for the OTC took place on the way out where we had a chance to talk with Chief Reg Niganobe and with Elise King who is working with Terri Hamilton at Credit Valley Conservation on the Credit Valley Heritage Water Trail. Our discussion centred around funding and mutual support.

Ontario Trails Council looks forward to assisting this first nation on any way we can.

OTC reinforced to the Minister, the value it places on the expert staff of MTCS and the processes we have put into place. OTC also reinforced with Minister’s office staff our desire to meet with the Minister and as an organization working throughout Ontario – the OTC will go to any announcement or any trail opening in support of the OTS, Bill 100 and the Trails Action Plan.

A Quick Guide to Trail Risk Management from Cowan Insurance

On June 19th representatives from OTC met with Cowan Insurance, one of Canada’s largest municipal underwriters and insurance brokers to discuss ties to the education and risk management programs OTC provides. OTC programs and recommendations mirror or duplicate the very recommendations tha Cowan makes to it’s policy holders.

So we discussed partnership and synergies. The content is correct, we are both educating and we want more principle in practice. We reached an agreement in principle to work together better for trail safety, and an understanding of why trail safety and product integrity is so important – especially when encouraging use.

OTC staff will be meeting with Cowan trail auditors, and with the OGRA and roads product assessors to determine next steps to enact an Ontario Good Trails Program. We look forward to this industry and trail sector collaboration. It should also be noted that there will be parallel supportive practices arising from the ongoing Ontario Trail Strategy – Ontario Trail Action Plan trails classification program currently in development with the classification expert panel.

For more information on trails standards and practices see:

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

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City of Toronto Public Meeting

nature in the cityPlease share this notice through your networks to people who may be interested in this project.

The City of Toronto and Councillor Neethan Shan, Ward 42, will host a meeting to discuss the progress of the Beare Hill Park Detailed Design Project. Please join us:

Date:                        Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Time:                        6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location:                 Malvern Community Recreation Centre, Community Room, 30 Sewells Road

Where is the Beare Hill Park site?
The Beare Hill Park site is located in Scarborough (see map attached), south of Beare Road.  This site is bounded by Finch Avenue East to the north, the Toronto/Pickering town line to the east, a CN Rail corridor to the west and a hydro corridor to the south. The proposed Beare Hill Park site is adjacent to the Rouge National Urban Park and the Toronto Zoo.

What’s this meeting about?
You are invited to attend the meeting to:

  • Review the changes proposed,
  • Provide comments and input, and
  • Discuss next steps.

The community was previously engaged to participate in three public meetings that led to the development of the Beare Road (now Hill) Park Master Plan in 2013.  This detailed design project involves the preparation of detailed studies and designs that will be used to tender the construction of the park.  The park design reflects the Master Plan, however, there have been some minor changes that the City is looking for input on.

For more information about Beare Hill Park please visit:

Karen Sun
Natural Environment Specialist (Acting)

Parks, Forestry & Recreation
Natural Environment & Community Programs
City of Toronto
550 Bayview Ave. Bldg 12, Suite 406, Toronto, ON M4W3X8
416.392.1033 | F 416.338.1069 |

Ontario Trails All Year Long! 

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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!

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Membership Renewals – Thank-you for your Support!We wish to thank the organizations that have already renewed for 2017. We couldn’t do our work without your support. Many thanks!



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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Ontario Trails News – OFAH promote youth getting outdoors, and find your favourite Ontario trails!

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March 18, 2015 11:09 ET

OFAH Youth ‘Get Outdoors’ This Weekend

PETERBOROUGH, ON–(Marketwired – March 18, 2015) – Eighty youth from across the province will come together at the OFAH Get Outdoors Youth Leadership Conference this weekend inOrangeville to learn about Ontario’s outdoor heritage. Whether they come from the country or the city, each of these youth has a common passion to “get outdoors.”
With the theme of “Reaching New Heights,” participants will have the opportunity to push themselves while indoor rock climbing with the help of the trained staff at Boulderz Climbing Centre in Etobicoke.
On Saturday, participants will head to the Dufferin Northern Peel Anglers & Hunters Association for an action-packed day on the ranges. With one-on-one instruction from qualified instructors, participants will take part in trap shooting, rifle shooting and archery and then bolster their fishing skills with a fly tying demo and invertebrate identification.
Media are invited to attend the day, which includes terrific video and photo opportunities. Event highlights will also be posted on Facebook and Twitter (#OFAH15).
Date & Start Time: March 21, 2015 – 9:30 a.m. sharp

Where: EASY TO FIND — Dufferin Northern Peel Anglers and Hunters Association, just north of Orangeville, located at 246147 Dufferin Road 16, Orangeville.

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) launched the Get Outdoors program in 2002 to inspire more youth involvement in hunting, fishing and conservation. This national award-winning youth conservation program puts the emphasis on promoting our outdoor heritage through first-hand exposure and is the only one of its kind in Ontario. The Youth Leadership Conference is held in conjunction with the 87th OFAH Annual General Meeting and Fishing & Wildlife Conference. For more information visit
With over 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters, and 725 member clubs, the OFAH is the largest nonprofit, fish and wildlife conservation-based organization in Ontario. For more information, visit

Ontario Trails News – Greenbelt Consultations on now, find your favorite Ontario Trails!

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Opinion / Commentary

Greenbelt makes GTA more, not less, livable

As Ontario revisits legislation protecting 1.8-million acres of land around the region, it should dismiss critics who argue that the Greenbelt makes homes less affordable in the GTA.

The rich bracken and foliage of the Greenbelt can be seen in a Pickering woodlot. Queen's Park is set to review legislation that protects this area.

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The rich bracken and foliage of the Greenbelt can be seen in a Pickering woodlot. Queen’s Park is set to review legislation that protects this area.
A 10-year anniversary is usually cause for celebration. That should certainly be the case with Ontario’s Greenbelt, the 1.8 million acres of protected farmland, wetlands, watersheds and green spaces that surround our region. The Greenbelt has helped to reduce sprawl, protect our natural environment and provide food for our growing urban region.
Now that we have a decade of experience to consider, the province is formally reviewing its two marquee planning policies: the Greenbelt Act and the Places to Grow Act. Some critics are using this opportunity to suggest that the Greenbelt and provincial land-use rules are making homes less affordable in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA). However, that argument doesn’t hold water.
(OTC Members Say – It also displaced a lot of farmers, and we hope they will support our work in trails)

Ontario Trail News – OEF and Horse Country Campground partnership and find your favorite Ontario Trail!

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BY JULIA HASKINS / MAR 17, 2015(Digital Vision./ThinkStock)

A new partnership between the Ontario Equestrian Federation and Horse Country Campground offershorse enthusiasts the perfect excuse to get out and ride.What’s the benefit? After a long, frigid winter, horse lovers are itching to get back in the saddle and enjoy the outdoors once again. The Ontario Equestrian Federation is helping its members—competitive and recreational riders—do that via a new partnership with Horse Country Campground, an equestrian-focused recreation destination in theOttawa Valley. To get equestrians ready for summertime fun, the program will offer OEF members 10 percent off regular camping rates. And members who complete a short survey about trail riding can enter a contest to win a free weekend at the campground.

Ontario Trails news – an excellent winter season on snowmobile trails, find your favorite Ontario Trail!

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Excellent year on the trails 2

By PJ WILSON, The Nugget
This winter has been “awesome” for snowmobilers in the North Bay area.
And if Mother Nature co-operates, it could last a bit longer.
“It all depends on what happens Monday,” Shawn Flindall, a director with the North Bay Snowmobilers Club, said Sunday.
“In the typical year, the trails close down by the start of March break. But we might get another week or 10 days out of it.”
The snowmobile club, which operates almost 300 kilometres of trails across the region, has downgraded its trails to yellow from green. That means there could be exposed soil, puddles or other impediments to snowmobilers.
“We’re just saying to use additional caution,” he said. “The trails are still good.”
Temperatures Sunday climbed to about 7C, which Flindall admitted can play havoc with south-facing slopes. The mercury is expected to rise to 5C today, before going down to below zero for the rest of the March break.
“If we can get through the mild weather on Monday, we can get the groomers out again to groom the trails” this week.
“There are a few bad spots.”
He said most trails in southern Ontario have closed for the season, and snowmobilers from other parts of the province have been e-mailing the local club to find out what conditions are like in this area.
“This past week we’ve been getting five to 10 e-mails a day, every day, from people down south asking if there is good riding,” he said.