Ontario Trails Talk – a Google Hangout – all about trails

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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. (Topics and presenters subject to change).

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.

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Explore ATV Trails in Renfrew County

Explore ATV Trails in Renfrew County

The RCATV was formed late in 2007 as an incorporated not-for-profit organization known as Renfrew County All Terrain Vehicle Club Inc. The RCATV is dedicated to providing leadership and support to its membership, in addition to establishing and maintaining quality ATV trails throughout the region. In conjunction with its partners, trail use is promoted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner in order to further enjoy ATVing..

RCATV partners with the Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance (EOTA), the County of Renfrew, Ottawa Valley Tourist Association, and the Ministry of Natural Resources to bring linked trails to Renfrew County. ATVing excitement is offered on its many miles of managed trails that meander through forests, lake view vistas and remarkable Ontario landscapes.

An EOTA trail pass is required on private or leased property and can be enforced under the Trespass to Property Act, R.S.O. 1990,c.T.21 and Occupiers Liability Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.2. Members are asked to show respect for and agree not to trespass on private property, and shall access the trails system only from May 1st to December 1st.

The cost of a trail permit is $140/season; $75/week or $20/day and provides access to trails in Ontario and Québec. Permits can be purchased at a number of locations in the Ottawa Valley.

Explore a 600-kilometre network of trails built on a foundation of abandoned rail lines and forest access roads. This adventurous route winds its way across the countryside passing through several rural communities that provide riders with convenient access to a wide variety of supplies, services and accommodations.

Located in the Ottawa Valley/Eastern Ontario, the natural beauty of these lands is unsurpassed. Our trail systems cuts through muddy wetlands, shaded forests, shimmering lakes and verdant farmlands.

For more information, trail maps or where to purchase permits, visit the RCATV web site at www.renfrewcountyatv.ca

For more information about guided ATV tours in the Ottawa Valley click here.

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OHTO lists vacation packages!

2013.05.07 | Canoeing at Bon Echo

The OHTO is pleased to announce that we have made the process of listing vacation packages on the Ontario’s Highlands website more convenient. As an OHTO member, you are now able to submit a package via a convenient online form. Simply log into your membership account and click the ‘Submit a Package’ button and complete the online form. Once submitted, the OHTO will review the package, work with you to ensure the content is web ready and appealing to the target market, and post your package online on the consumer website at ontarioshighlands.ca.

What is a Vacation Package?

A vacation package is an easy way for your visitors to purchase their travel, taking the headache out of planning a trip. Packages typically include a combination of accommodations, activities, or services that are sold together to offer convenience and/or value to visitors.

Canoeing at Bon Echo

Canoeing at Bon Echo

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New Developments on Program Outline

Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization

Come Wander

Today representatives from Ontario Trails and Renfrew County met to refine the program outline for Trailhead Ontario 2016 – Renfrew!

We are looking at significant additions to the program – more First Nations, Land Use and Planning, Risk Management, Regional Tourism, Provincial and National Impacts than ever.

Why not join us in June 2016 (you are going to want too) as we discuss new trails innovations such as HETAP, Water trails, Climate Change (outcomes from Paris), Accessibility and Federal initiatives that will impact Ontario!

June, 19, 20, 21, 2016

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Trailwise – Weekly news from Ontario’s Trails

Trailwise - news from Ontario's Trails

Trailwise – Ontario’s trails news

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We are working towards Trailhead Ontario 2016

trailhead ontario 2016

Planning has begun for Trailhead Ontario 2106. Our hosts are Renfrew County and Ontario Highlands Tourism Organization. Both are long time Ontario Trails Council supporters, and Jason Davies from Renfrew sits on the OTC Board of Directors. The OHTO has been a long time partner with trails running such campaigns as the:

‘Tourism Starts with You’ Campaign

People on bicycles looking at a trail map

Exploring County Trails

The ‘Tourism Starts with You’ campaign is designed to bring the local community together to identify why Ontario’s Highlands is one of the premiere travel destinations in the province.

The campaign will ask the question, “what are the best things to see and do in the area”, and tourism operators, residents, former visitors, and the like will be able to submit their ideas to the OHTO’s website, and social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter. This campaign will be promoted online and through local media, and a grand prize will be offered to encourage submissions.

This campaign will run into the summer, and may extend to the end of 2011 based on its popularity and success. When the campaign is completed, the OHTO will have an increased online audience, as well as heightened knowledge of what destinations are most valued by the local population. This can assist with future promotions.

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Ontario Trails News – News on fatbikes, from Trailhead North

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The organizers of Trailhead North are pleased to announce a significant outcome expected from the two day symposium on trails taking place in Thunder Bay, April 17, 18 2015.
A fat bike etiquette. Fat bikes are those larger tire all season all terrain human powered bicycles that are emerging as a winter riding option for road cyclists and mountain bikers in the winter.
The Ontario Trails Council, the provincial trails association and co-organizer of the symposium was approached by the cycling community to come up with guidelines on use of fat bikes on trails.
“Fatbikes are becoming more and more popular, there are many cross country and other types of trails that fatbikers can use, but that aren;t necessarily designed for their use – we want to work with the FB community to develop and etiquette for users so they can expect and respect other users on trails,” states Patrick Connor Executive Director of Ontario Trails Council.
Co-organizer, Kirsten Spence of Quercwood Consulting, adds, “Multi-use trails often have complicated numbers of people using a variety of equipment to do their recreation. This means bicycles now with fatbikes, snowmobiles, cross-country, snowshoers, winter hikers etc. So having an etiquette will educate all users what to expect and how to interact safely on recreational trails.”
Through the Trailhead North development process the event has secured support from various groups and organizations. These included the City of Thunder Bay, The Active transportation Committee in the City, The Kinghorn Rail Trail, Trans Canada Trail through Path of the Paddle, City of Marathon Economic development – all of these groups want groups like OTC and Trailhead North to produce outcomes from meetings.
The creation of a fatbike committee will be such an outcome and should produce a guideline before the summer is out in time for the next riding season.
With a membership of over 200 organizations that stretches all over Ontario, including Trans Canada Trail,Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, and over 80,000 km of trails the OTC will carry this northern fatbike etiquette to all other Ontario trail communities.
Trailhead North is taking place April 17, 18 at the Nor’wester Best Western. More information can be found at trailheadnorth.com
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