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Trails Talk – about the Georgian Bay Coast Trail Mar. 1, 2016

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Trails Talk

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

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

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 acquisition 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.

Georgian Bay Destination Development

Some of you may already know that we have been working with the consulting team at Ferrell+Partners to develop a new business model and a 3-Year Strategy for the Georgian Bay Coastal Route. The team has met with key stakeholders around Georgian Bay to gather input, and is working with the steering committee to develop the strategy. Much has been accomplished since the Coastal Route was launched in 2008, and we are energized by the potential to work together to enhance and further develop tourism product around Georgian Bay.

Communication and engaging with stakeholders is a major priority for the GBDDP going forward. We will be in touch early in the New Year with more details, once our business model and 3-Year Strategy are complete.

We have also been focusing on the development of a new website. To ensure the website will be up to date, we are working with DMO partners aroundGeorgian Bay to review the current theme touring routes and identify new attractions and operators that meet the criteria for participation. We are looking forward to sharing an update on the website with you in the coming months.

We would like to extend a warm thank you to Muskoka Tourism, the Manitoulin Tourism Association, Gordon’s Park, Georgian Bay Islands National Park, Ontario Ferries, Bruce Grey Simcoe, and Sudbury Tourism, who have provided us with photography for the new website.

Gaby MacFarlane
Tourism Coordinator
Georgian Bay Destination Development Partnership
200 Brady Street
Sudbury ON P3A 5P3

Georgian Bay Coast Trail
A view of the water from the Georgian Bay Coast Trail

The Trail

When complete, the Georgian Bay Coast Trail will be a rugged, 200-kilometer trail stretching along the coast from Bayfield Inlet to Point Grondine. The trail will provide an opportunity for hikers to explore and discover the diverse environments and spectacular views of Georgian Bay through passive recreation. Hikers will utilize water taxis, limited infrastructure and are expected to get their feet wet as they immerse themselves in the beauty that is Georgian Bay and the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

The concept for the Georgian Bay Coast Trail is based on the West Coast Trail in Parks Canada’s Pacific Rim National Park on Vancouver Island. The WCT is a rugged, 70-kilometer coastal hiking trail that generates roughly $7 million a year into the local economy with a one-year waiting list during peak season. The Georgian Bay Coast Trail will be based on a user pay trail system for sustainability of the organization.

The trail will be a community development project and link the communities along the coast of Georgian Bay leading to job creation, natural and cultural heritage interpretation opportunities, and economic development.

We look forward to chatting with you. Sign up here to stay in the loop with trail development information and volunteer opportunities!

– See more at: http://www.gbcoasttrail.com/the-trail/#sthash.33Lln030.dpuf