Trailwise – July 7, 2016

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Help others – Leave useful information on 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: 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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Trailwise – Ontario’s Trail News

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Trailhead Ontario 2016

Ontarios Highlands Logo PNGThe Ontario Trails Council, with our host partner Renfrew County, and our funding partner Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization are pleased to invite all trail enthusiasts, trail managers, owners and operators to attend this years provincial trails conference.

“This years Trailhead Conference at Calabogie Peaks Resort will be another in a great series of conferences the Ontario Trails Council (OTC) runs in order to bring experts in trails together with communities that support trails,” says Jack deWit, OTC President.

The Trailhead Ontario 2016 will take place June 19-21 at Calabogie Peaks Resort. The conference features education on trail building, trail funding, information on combating Lymes Disease, as well as leading information on paddling and Water Trails, the Trans Canada Trail and new relations with First Nations.

Trailhead Ontario will have presenters from local, regional, provincial and national groups talking about the development of trails. “It takes a huge effort of volunteers, government and corporate sponsors to make such great regional trails, like the Rideau Heritage Hiking Trail, Madawaska Valley and other trails work, adds Patrick Connor, OTC Executive Director.

The County has done years of work on trails, and we wanted to bring provincial level content to the county so that everyone here could learn what is going in around the region, with reports from Sentier Prescott Russell, Mattawa-Bonfield, Cataraqui Conservation and others, we will learn more about how others succeed in trails and how the province is supporting our efforts with funding and legislation, notes Jason Davis from Renfrew County.

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Be sure to register by Early-bird date!

Be sure to check out our great line up of presenters at

Be sure to register by May 27th to take advantage of early-bird pricing.

Calabogie Peaks Resport

Calabogie Peaks Resort

Our line up includes: (in part!)

We are going to be talking about the new Adirondack to Algonquin trail Plan with representatives from the Adirondack to Algonquin Organization – Please welcome Emily Conger from the A2A Trail Collaborative.

Work with the Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization as they expend trails in the region and take advantage of trails tourism potential in Eastern Ontario!

Over the last two years Petawawa Economic Development has spearheaded the development of a community trails committee along the lines of the OTC RTC model. Join Kelly Williams from Petawawa as he discusses the development and successes of this initiative in support of trails!


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Early Bird Registration Ends May 27!!

Be sure to register for the conference before May 27th to take advantage of the early-bird conference raOntario'sd Highlands Come Wanderte!

Be sure to contact Calabogie Peaks before May 21st to book your room as after the 21st the block of rooms being held are let go and you’ll have no guarantee of being able to stay on site at the resort!

Call 1-800-669-4861




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Ontario Federation of Agriculture invited to present

Hi – working through the recent landowner closures of trails, and working to clarify the impacts of Bill 100 – “The supporting Ontario Trails Act” we are pleased to invite the Ontario Federation of Agriculture to present at Trailhead Ontario. We are hopeful this will enable us to work more closely on landowner issues, while also clarifying improvements to the Act and the security of private property. Learn more about the OFA and Bill 100 –


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Join Us for Trails Talk

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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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OPP OFSC Statement on Snowmobile Safety

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