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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 – Trailheadcanada.com

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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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Thanks

Patrick

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

Canadian Trails Federation

Trails News Sources in Canada

Interested in trails in Canada? Why not learn about them through the links to the news of the groups making and supporting trails in Canada!

Equine Industry Symposium

CRHRA Newsletter

Ontario Trails – Trailwise

Newfoundland Trailway

Island Trails

NSTrails

SentierNBTrails

Conseil Quebecois du Loisir

Trails Manitoba

SaskTrails

Alberta TrailNet

Outdoor Recreation Council of BC

AQCC

Motorcyclists Confederation of Canada

Northwest Territories Parks and Recreation News

Recreation and Parks Association of the Yukon News

Hike BC

Canadian Trails Federation

Amazing places receive dollop of awesome

A grant from Mountain Equipment Co-op will allow easier access to several Amazing Places.

Parry Sound North Star

PARRY SOUND – The Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve has received a grant from Mountain Equipment Co-op to improve infrastructure and access to several of the Amazing Places.

Ten Amazing Places were nominated by the public to showcase special features of the Georgian Bay Biosphere region. The program wants to connect people to nature, and is developing a route with community partners to encourage people to get outside and experience the 30,000 Islands area.

The $14,368 from MEC will go towards signage, bike racks, and trails to enhance access to Amazing Place locations. Partners at each place will install trailhead signs that highlight activities year-round, natural wonders, and cultural history.

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Ontario Trails News – G2G Trail, cycling information, paddling and Add Your Event and lots more news daily from OntarioTrails!

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You talked! We listened! As a Canadian campaign we want you to feel secure about donating in Canadian dollar currency instead of US currency. Visit our new campaign donation page at https://www.tilt.com/tilts/guelph-to-goderich-rail-trail. We have moved our campaign over to a great crowdfunding website called Tilt. Through this we are able to not only have no fees on donations we earn but when you send a donation using a Visa Debit or Mastercard Debit there are no fees at all as opposed to other platforms which can take up to 10% in site fees and credit card fees! Meaning every cent goes to this great initiative. Thank you for understanding and sharing your concerns, and thank you for donating. You can look below for our donation perks.

Each trail segment and community can benefit directly from this $60,000 fundraising campaign. We’ve had a tremendous amount of support in the past from communities that are touched by the G2G Rail Trail experience. The 127 km route is made up of the amazing Kissing Bridge Trailway, Perth Harvest Pathway and the Lake Huron Route.

G2G Crowdfunding Campaign Info:

The Guelph to Goderich Rail Trail surrounds cyclists and hikers with the richness of Ontario’s pastoral landscape and rural heritage. Through hushed forest groves and rolling Mennonite farmland, across river valleys and wetlands, past 13 villages and towns, to the sunset horizon of one of the world’s Great Lakes, visitors of all fitness and skill levels can enjoy any part of the G2G’s 127-km length through four counties. Completion of the G2G Rail Trail opens Ontario’s pastoral heartland to the global fitness and recreation phenomena of backpacking and cycle tourism. The G2G helps rural Ontarians share their countryside and hospitality with the world.

More information on the G2G Rail Trail can be found at: http://www.g2grailtrail.com/ or www.facebook.com/G2GRailTrail

Facebook sharing post:

Share the video WITH the link (https://www.tilt.com/tilts/guelph-to-goderich-rail-trail) to the fundraising page in your post and be entered to win one of five $50 Tim Horton’s gift cards (along with the other cool prizes from previous posts!).

A charitable donation tax receipt will be issued for all people donating $20 or more.

Help others – Leave a comment about a 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:http://goo.gl/XNlH7W 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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Issues with Landowners in the News

From the Manitoulin Expositor April 5th, 2016

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ONTARIO—Patrick Connor, executive director of the Ontario Trails Council, is sick and tired of the fear mongering tactics of the Ontario Landowners’ Association (OLA) when it comes to Bill 100, the Supporting Ontario Trails Act, 2015 and the havoc it’s wreaking on trails of all kinds across the province.

Mr. Connor said that despite Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Michael Coteau releasing statements to try and quell the fears of landowners on what this bill actually means (including to this newspaper) and even OLA founder Randy Hillier coming forward to state that Bill 100 is not what it’s being made out to be, “the OLA is not listening to what anyone in a position of authority is saying.”

“While there might be some concerns, people just don’t understand the legal wording,” he added. Mr. Connor pointed to last week’s article in The Expositor (‘Bill 100 interpretation sees closure of two main snowmobile trails ahead of next season,’ Page 1) as a case in point. In the story, it states that one Sandfield landowner has pulled his land from the Manitoulin Snowdusters snowmobile trial system due to wording in Bill 100 over ‘special trails.’ “They are not special trails, they are trails of distinction,” Mr. Connor explained. “They are special, but not in the fact that the minister is going to take someone’s property away from them.” He explained that trails of distinction are ones of some note, such as the Georgian Bay Coastal Trail.

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Join us every other Tuesday at 1pm EST for a lively half hour discussion on trail issues of importance to the trails community.

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We will be using our Google Hangout to facilitate our Trail Talks.

November 10, 2015 – Trail Accessibility – what you need to know and how we can add your accessible trail to our website.

November 24, 2015 – Northern Ontario Trails, trails tourism and about projects we have underway in the north.

December 8, 2015 – Trail Committees, what they are, what they do and where they are in Ontario.

December 22th, 2015 – Festive Trails – how to get your events on the OTC website, what events you have on and how we can let more people know about all the great stuff happening on Ontario Trails.

January 5th, 2016 – Kinghorn Trail Association – all about the development of this important northern trail with Kirsten Spence.

January 12th, 2016 – Land Acquisition – with Robert Orland and Kate Potter of Orland Conservation, on land acquisiton issues, how to secure land for trails, or offer your land for trails from a landowner perspective.

January 19th, 2016 – Fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations – with Thomas Allgoewer – a half hour discussion about how to facilitate your organization goals and objectives through fundraising efforts.

February 2nd, 2016 – Edge Auditor – the program that helps you know and log in all the facts about your trail, with Niall Lobely.

February 16th, 2016 – Explorer’s Edge – all about the great trails in RTO 12 with James Murphy of Explorer’s Edge.

March 1, 2016 – The Georgian Bay Coast Trail – who supports it, what is happening and all about our spring community meeting in Killarney. With Luke Wassesgijig and Kirsten Spence.

March 15, 2016 – Trans Canada Trail – with Jane Murphy and Al McPherson. You’ve heard about it, how is it progressing? How can you support it?

March 29, 2016 – Hiking, what is it? Who does it? What you need to know about community programs, and trail leadership programs – with Bill Mungall

April 12th, 2016 – Trail Building – are you interested? What is trail building all about? Who does it and the skills you need, with stories from trail builder Zane Davies.

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