Program

Trailhead Ontario 2016 Symposium Itinerary

Monday
8:30-9:00AM Registration Coffee Served
9:00-9:15AM Welcome remarks Dignitaries
9:15-10:00AM Presentation Algonquin to Adirondack Trail
10:00-10:30AM Presentation Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization
10:30-10:45AM Break Coffee Break
10:45-11:15AM Presentation Ontario Trillium Foundation– funding options 2016-forward
11:15-11:45AM Presentation County of Renfrew Trails
11:45-12:15PM Presentation Parks of the St. Lawrence
12:15-1:30 PM Lunch
1:00-1:30PM Presentation Ontario Trails Council AGM (Members Only Please)
1:30-2:15PM Presentation Updates on the Trails Act and the Ontario Trails Strategy with the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
2:15-3:00PM Presentation Ontario Federation of Agriculture
3:00-3:15PM Break
3:15-3:45PM Presentation The Algonquins of Ontario, First Nation Tourism and Trail
3:45-4:15PM Presentation Trans Canada Trail
4:15-4:45PM Presentation Understanding and Preventing Lyme Disease (via Skype)
4:45-5:15PM Presentation Sentiers Prescott Russell and Glengarry Trails
5:15-6PM Networking Cash Bar
6PM – 9PM Open Evening 7pm OTC Strategy Session
Tuesday
8:30 – 9:00AM Registration Coffee Served
9:00-9:15 AM Welcome remarks Dignitaries – Madawaska Valley
9:15-9:45AM Presentation Township of Madawaska Valley Trail Developments
10:00-10:30AM Plenary Session Principles of Trail Risk Management with Jeff Jackson
10:30-10:45AM Coffee Break
10:45-11:30AM Plenary Session Trails Risk Management – How to Say Yes to Trails, with Jeff Jackson
Noon-1PM Lunch Networking Lunch
1:00-2:00PM Plenary Session Frontenac Arch Water Trails – Developing trails for Use
2:00-2:45PM Plenary Session Ottawa River-Keeper – programs and plans for development
2:45-3:00PM Break
3:00-3:30PM Plenary Session Integrated Trails Tourism Project
3:30-4:00PM Plenary Session Mattawa Trail Development
4:00-4:30PM Plenary Session Developing Horse Trails
4:30PM Wrap-up and Next Steps Trailhead Canada 2017!

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 Ontario Trillium Foundation has spearheaded a revitalization of its funding streams. Come and listen to Eastern Ontario Grants Specialist Melissa Pomeroy as she introduces us to the options for trail funding and community wellness supports!

County of Renfrew Trails:  Join us as we talk about all the work Renfrew County has done over recent years in the development, networking and promotion of its trails. This includes some exciting new acquisitions in support of trail expansion!

Over the past 6 years the Parks of the St. Lawrence have revitalized their trail system, offering more and newer kilometers of trails in support of the park’s other experiences. Welcome Lou Seiler from Parks of the St. Lawrence as he talks about the development and enactment process!

Since 2012 the Ontario Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport has worked to consult with communities on the Ontario trails strategy and the various new legislation in support of trails – i.e. “The Supporting Ontario trails Act.” Come and hear from the government on the progress we are making together to make better communities through trails.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture – during the past 6 years the OTC has worked extensively throughout Ontario protecting property rights, encouraging people to stay on the trail and follow posted routes. Our ally in this is the Ontario Federation of Agriculture!

The National Capital Greenbelt in Ottawa has over 150 kilometres of trails that connect to the Trans Canada Trail, Rideau Trail and Capital Pathway network. Whether you have half an hour for a short hike or plan on spending the day, the Greenbelt has something for you.

Trans Canada Trail works with local partners – trail owner/operators – to plan and support development of trail across Ontario. With a connectivity challenge to be met for 2017 come and hear about how the TCT supports trails, communities and it’s completion!

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and it’s only right that you protect yourself while out on the trails. Lyme-carrying black-legged ticks can be found across Canada – but the highest concentration of infection is in Eastern Canada – which scientists believe is linked to climate change. Follow these tips to avoid Lyme disease. Come to the conference and hear about the strategies the working group is developing to help the public.

Sentiers Prescott Russell and Glengarry Trails are two trail supporting organizations in eastern Ontario. One is a County Committee the other operates as a “Friends of” model. Learn about both styles of operation and the trails they support!

Township of Madawaska Valley Trail is developing at a fast pace. A regional leader, the Township supports the trail enhancements for both the community and the tourist. Join us to hear about their trail gains.

Principles of Trail Risk Management, and Trails Risk Management – How to Say Yes to Trails, with Jeff Jackson, will provide the latent trail developer, or the trail leader with undeveloped projects or political will to get the trails done, with insight for planners and politicos alike to say yes to trails. We aren’t as risky as you think!

Ottawa River-Keeper – programs and plans for development, they were thrilled when we contacted them, because they are a small group protecting a big river and they know you probably also have a river that needs support in order to maintain itself for paddlers!

Just look at the list of projects on this page Mattawa Trail Development, these folks are bringing the house down with all types of trails and new projects. Learn how they are getting it done.

Algonquins of Ontario, First Nation Tourism and Trails, join First Nations leaders as we discuss the joint relationship on the land we share. An emerging force in tourism and trails we should figure out ways to work with all communities so we co-develop trails!

Register today!