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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.

Trailhead North – connecting northern trails, connecting northern communities!

Developing regional trail network can have tourism benefitsLOCAL

Area trail development coordinator Kirsten Spence says developing a regional trail network can help boost tourism.

Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com
Area trail development coordinator Kirsten Spence says developing a regional trail network can help boost tourism.

By Matt Vis, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY — An area trail development coordinator sees a vast amount of untapped potential in Northwestern Ontario.

Kirsten Spence gave a presentation to the Thunder Bay District Municipal League and said trails are overlooked when it comes to their ability to enhance regional tourism.

“They’re an excellent product that’s already developed which can be used to keep people half a day long or an hour longer in a community, that’s a success,” Spence said.

“A lot of municipalities are looking at trail development as a way to diversify their economies moving from single sector to multi sectors. Trails are one of those offerings that can help municipalities with attraction.”

She said there’s an extensive inventory of existing trails through Northwestern Ontario that can all play a part in showcasing the region.

There’s already evidence showing trails can serve as an attraction.

“You look at the Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. That park has a lot of trails and that’s a large reason why people visit that park,” she said.

Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey has been working on developing both local and regional trail development strategies as a tourist draw.
Having a network benefits the entire region.

“What people have to realize is if you have one good tourist attraction you’ll get some people to come in for a day,” Harvey said. “If you have attractions through a whole region people will stay an awful lot of longer and that money they spend is not only multiplied, it’s multiplied exponentially.”

Development is ongoing with the Kinghorn Rail Trail, which would use a discontinued rail corridor to provide a path from Thunder Bay to Nipigon.

Spence said the project is a “work in progress” as developers are trying to get it right.

“Most people aren’t going to travel the 111 kilometre trail at one time,” she said. “We have to make sure it’s well planned out in terms of access areas and logical starts and stops.

Harvey sees the Kinghorn Rail Trail, which has been discussed since 2005, as having the potential to be a significant draw.

“That could easily become a world-class trail where people would come from around the world for things like the Pass Lake Trestle, the incredible vistas and views, the lakeside experience you can have on that trail,” Harvey said.

The rails have already been cleared from the trail while the ties are in the process of being removed. There are also a number of hurdles which need to be cleared, which Spence hopes an upcoming Provincial Trails Act will help address.

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Dorion – A Birding Paradise – and A Trailhead Ontario Partner!

Dorion – A Birding Paradise on Superior's Shore

Do you have an interest in Birds? Birding? Or Bird Watching?

If your answer is yes, you will want to plan a trip to the north shore of Lake Superior region to take in the annual Canyon Country Birding Festival in Dorion held each year in late May. The Dorion Birding Festival is your opportunity to spend two great days in Canada’s Great Outdoors experiencing bird watching in the majestic setting of Lake Superior and the proposed Lake Superior National Marine Conservation Area.

Dorion is a small community located on the northern shore of Lake Superior, with the Hurkett Cove Conservation Area andOuimet Canyon fast becoming known as North American hot spots for birding. Dorion is less than an hour’s drive east ofThunder Bay where you can connection into Thunder Bay International Airport with Porter Airlines, Westjet, Air Canada and now United Airlines out of Chicago.

This is your opportunity to enjoy two full days of guided birding excursions. Experience an outdoor wilderness experience like no other as you walk the trails and paths at Hurkett Cove, Ouimet Canyon and the Nipigon River Recreation Trail. TheHurkett Cove trails are maintained by the Lakehead Region Conservation Authority. Ouimet Canyon is an Ontario park while the Nipigon River Trail connects the towns of Red Rock and Nipigon and is part of the Trans Canada Trail.

2013 will mark the fifth year for the Canyon Country Birding Fesitival, with over 100 species of birds to see. With the help of experienced guides, all with a wealth of local knowledge, you can expect to see a wide variety of birds from eagles, hawks, ruffed grouse to chickadees, woodpeckers, jays, nuthatches, and finches plus waterfowl like ducks and geese.