Category Archives: ontario outdoors

University of Waterloo Study Promotes Trail

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

Quoted from – The Georgian Bay Coast Trail: Utilizing Case Studies to ensure Implementation of Sustainable Trail development within the Georgian Bay Littoral Biosphere Reserve by Breanne Card

“This report is a comprehensive look at the theory and practice of how a coastal trail system, embedded within a protected area, can bring sustainable economic and community development to the surrounding region. The purpose of this study was to research past practice, define the terms and issues, and assemble recommendations for use in the development of a sustainable coastal trail system along the eastern shores of Georgian Bay, Ontario. Both the West Coast Trail (WCT) and the Bruce Trail have achieved world recognition for their success and were thus chosen as the two major case studies for this report. In addition to their international reputation: their coastal characteristics; general topography; and the similarity of organizational challenges made them ideal models for the Georgian Bay Coast Trail concept. Both of the established trails provide valuable insights that will assist the Georgian Bay Coast Trail advisory committee to create a sustainable coastal trail within the UNESCO Georgian Bay Littoral Biosphere Reserve.”

Full Document Here

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

Our condolences to family, friends and wilderness canoeists – George Luste

Loss of a Legend: George Luste, 1940-2015

Remembering an inveterate wilderness traveler

April 02, 2015By

George-luste

On a snowy February day in Toronto, I’m feeling inadequate standing at the podium in a high-school auditorium—not because of the 500 people in the audience, but for one larger than life man in the front row. Retired physicist George Luste founded theWilderness Canoe Symposium 30 years ago as a way for paddlers to share stories of their northern expeditions and to inspire new trips. The event has the feel of a latter-day Beaver Club—the exclusive gang of fur-traders who explored and mapped Canada in the 18th and 19th century and gathered to chat about it in wintery Montreal.

Following in the paddle strokes of explorers David Thompson, Alexander Mackenzie and Samuel Hearne, Luste spent 55 summers traveling Canada’s far north. He immigrated to Canada from Latvia in 1948 and made his first canoe trip in 1963, a solo journey on Ontario’s Abitibi River. He completed a Ph. D. at Johns Hopkins University before returning to Canada in 1971 for a professorship at the University of Toronto.

Canoeing was Luste’s passion. He paddled Canada’s iconic wilderness rivers—the Missinaibi, Rupert, Eastmain, Kazan, Nahanni, Coppermine, Stikine, and George—often in the company of his wife, Linda, and their children. What’s more, he was part of a group that made the first complete descent of the Dubawnt River in the Canadian barrenlands, pioneered many other multi-watershed routes, and was amongst the last to paddle Labrador’s Grand River before a massive hydroelectric project was completed at Churchill Falls.

Full Article – https://mail.google.com/mail/ca/u/0/#search/googlealerts-noreply%40google.com/14c829842c123947

Ontario Investing in Cycling Infrastructure – should help tourism and trails

NEWS RELEASE

Ontario Investing $25 Million in Cycling Infrastructure

Province Supports Safe, Active Transportation

April 1, 2015 8:00 A.M.

Ministry of Transportation

As part of Ontario’s 20-year #CycleON strategy, the province is moving forward with a $25-million investment over three years to create a more cycling-friendly future for the province.

This includes $15 million for cycling routes that provide key connections and linkages on provincial highways, such as paved highway shoulders and barriers on bridges that separate cyclists from vehicles. Early proposals include:

  • Highway 33 west of Kingston (part of the Waterfront Trail)
  • Highway 137 structure over the 1000 Island Parkway (part of the Waterfront Trail)
  • Highway 6 on Manitoulin Island and south of Highway 17 at Espanola (part of the Georgian Bay Cycling Route)
  • Highway 17B and Highway 17 between Sault Ste. Marie and Espanola (part of the Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route)

The province has also dedicated $10 million to the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program to help municipalities:

  • Expand their local cycling routes
  • Connect with provincial cycling routes
  • Launch pilot projects to make cycling improvements

Consultations on the municipal program have concluded and the launch is on track for spring 2015. Work is also underway to identify a provincewide network of cycling routes in collaboration with a broad range of cycling stakeholders.

Investing in infrastructure is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives, and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • According to the National Trauma Registry, Ontario has the second-lowest cycling injury rate of all Canadian provinces.
  • Ontario has enhanced the Driver’s Handbook to include information about sharing the road safely with cyclists.
  • Ontario’s public education efforts to promote cycling safety include Cycling Skills, Young Cyclist’s Guide, a partnership with TVOKids targeting children and parents and support for stakeholders to deliver public education resources at the community, regional and provincial level.
  • According to the Canadian Medical Association, a 10 per cent increase in physical activity could reduce direct health-care expenditures by $150 million a year.

Additional Resources

Quotes

Steven Del Duca

“We know that working with our partners is key to creating a more cycling-friendly Ontario. We’ll continue to engage municipalities, road users, businesses, advocacy groups and non-governmental organizations to make sure we get it right.”

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

Kathryn McGarry

“Cycling helps to build more healthy, active and prosperous communities as it generates a wide range of health, economic, environmental, social and other benefits.”

Kathryn McGarry

Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation

There is some debate in the cycling community that this is a re-commitment to an announcement made in April 2014.