Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ontario Trails News - NTC Granted Agencies hearing about fund agreements, and more!

Your walking style affects your mood
TorontoWalking in a happy or sad style actually affects our mood, ... It is known that our mood can affect how we walk - slump-shouldered if we are ...

Drivers who door cyclists, use phones face tougher fines inOntario
Ontario plans to double fines for motorists who door cyclists or use their mobile phones while driving, as part of a sweeping road-safety crackdown.

Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) Selects Globalstar GPS Satellite Technology for ...
OFSC is the coordinating body for organized snowmobiling in Ontario, ... Its provincial network of organized snowmobile trails connects Ontario ...

Ministry of Labour orders bike racks removed on certain TTC buses
Ross did not have current usage statistics available at press time, but anecdotally,Cycle Toronto's Jared Kolb says the racks are well used, and play a ...

Toronto: If you build bike lanes, the cyclists will come
We haven't heard much about cycling policy in this election, which is too bad. I think giving cyclists better, safer ways to get around should be a focus ...

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ontario Trails News - Information on or about Ontario's Trails

Free events in TorontoOctober 20-26, 2014
The Zombie Walk and Night of Dread are big ones, plus there are parties, street fests, film screenings and more. If you'd like to have fun on the cheap ...

Toronto Waterfront Marathon Weekend is almost here
The reward for finishing the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. ... Knee pain in mile 18 forced me to start alternating walking and slow running.

Seattle launches bikes share with 500 bikes
SEATTLE (BRAIN) — Pronto Cycle Share, offering 500 bikes across 50 ... Bike Share in the Bay Area, California; and Bike Share Toronto in Toronto, ...

OCA Events Committee – Vacancy
OCA Events Committee Mandate – Develop a provincial calendar of events as prescribed by the board of directors and consistent with the vision for ...

Team in place to complete Path of the Paddle trail
The Path of the Paddle – the section of the TransCanada Trail that winds through Northwestern Ontario – is putting the final pieces of the puzzle ...

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ontario Trails News - lots of seasonal events happening on trails!

Algonquin park hosts Haunted Halloween Weekend

Huntsville Forester
ALGONQUIN – There will be spooks and frights hidden in the woods of Algonquin Provincial Park this month.
Lee Pauzé, general manager of the Friends of Algonquin Park, said the annual Haunted Halloween Weekend descends on the park’s Mew Lake Campground from Friday, Oct. 24, to Saturday, Oct. 25.
The all-ages festivities include decorated campsites and trick or treating.
Friday night features an owl prowl “that is sure to be a hoot,” while Saturday features a guided tour of the park’s animal skeleton collection, pumpkin carving, creepy crawly spider wiener and ghostly marshmallow roasting, and a nighttime wolf howl.
There are competitions for spookiest campsite and best costume.
Participating campsites will have signs posted to indicate that they are Halloween-friendly trick-or-treating stops.
Pauzé said the frightful fun often distracts from whatever Mother Nature throws at the campers.
“The last few years the weather has been miserable, but people come out anyway,” said Pauzé. “All the staff dress up and the kids in the campground dress up, too.”
Visit the park’s website at for more information.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ontario Trails News - Photos from groups involved with Ontario Trails

May still need some help in the future!
Just wait to see what we've been working on.... 
Congratulations VTA and friends on your trail opening!
...then we officially re-opened the Voyageur Trail that takes one from Marathon to the mouth of the Pic River... before enjoying a world class dinner from Lakeview Bed and Breakfast's magnificent dining room overlooking the setting sun over the harbour at Marathon. What a fine, fine meeting weekend. Thanks to everyone in Marathon and Pic River First Nations who hosted us for this productive weekend!
Ontario Trails shared Chatham-Kent Public Health Unit's photo.

Fit parks always include trails. Congratulations Chatham-Kent.
Kingston Park Fitpark had the official grand opening yesterday.
Photo: Kingston Park Fitpark had the official grand opening yesterday.
Belfountain - great spot. Great coffee, great hikes.
We count ourselves lucky on days like today. Adventurers use us as the start & end point of their escarpment hike & some of our favourite local musicians stop by & jam for a congregation of locals & tourists alike. You never know what you'll find when you stop at Higher Ground.
Photo: We count ourselves lucky on days like today. Adventurers use us as the start & end point of their escarpment hike & some of our favourite local musicians stop by & jam for a congregation of locals & tourists alike. You never know what you'll find when you stop at Higher Ground.

Ontario Trails shared Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority's photo.
Thanks to our friends at Nottawasaga for sending out this photo. Still colour in the woods!
It may be one of the last weekends to see the spectacular fall colours on display at NVCA’s conservation areas!

Check out the trails at a park near you -
Photo: It may be one of the last weekends to see the spectacular fall colours on display at NVCA’s conservation areas!  Check out the trails at a park near you -

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ontario Trails News - Thanks Union Gas for your support! Hunter Safety and more about Ontario's Trails!

Union Gas helps restore & enhance environmentally significant areas
"That's why we support important environmental conservation programs in ... by the Province of Ontario and the NBMCA's 10 member municipalities.
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Hunter Safety is a Priority

October 17, 2014

With hunting season getting underway, Ontario hunters are reminded that safety needs to be their first priority when they head into the woods this autumn.
There are a number of things that hunters can to do keep themselves, and those around them safe.  Some safety rules hunters are asked to keep in mind include:
  • Wearing hunter orange
  • Handling firearms with care; treat every firearm as though it is loaded
  • Never shooting unless they're sure of their target and what lies beyond
  • Not shooting from a vehicle or having a loaded firearm in their vehicle
  • Never drinking alcohol while hunting
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, in partnership with the OPP is encouraging all hunters to become familiar with all safety rules and resources that are available to them so that they have a safe hunting season.


  • Hunters buy more than 612,000 licences to hunt in Ontario annually, generating approximately $28.4 million in sales.
  • To report unlawful night hunting or any other illegal and unsafe hunting activity, call the MNRF TIPS Line at 1-877-847-7667 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.


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Get tips from Toronto Zombie Walk makeup artist Tiffany Mark. ... Play six specialty games of Laser Quest through an action-packed, Walking ...
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High Performance Committee – Seeking Members
The OCA is actively recruiting volunteers to fill two (2) positions on the High Performance committee. Interested applicants should have extensive ...
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Ontario Trails News - reminder from Ontario Trillium Foundation - Registration DEADLINE Oct. 17, 2014

Good afternoon,

In case you've not seen our website, this is a reminder that Friday October 17 is the Organization Registration deadline, part of the process to submit grant applications to the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).
In order to be able to submit an application before the November 3, 2014 deadline, all applicants should file their organization registration information before October 17th
This will allow time for OTF to verify the organization's registration information to determine whether it is eligible to apply.

Already registered in our system? Please update your organization’s profile at
After October 17, organizations will still be able to register or update their existing registration profile. While we will make every effort to verify the information quickly, we cannot guarantee that this will be completed by the November 3 deadline.
Questions: Call 1.800.263.2887
New Process: Note that November 3rd will be the last deadline in our current investment model. As we shift to our new strategic framework, we will have a new approach to our community investments. for information about our new granting streams and on the priority outcomes that we will focus on, as we award grants in the future.
Our next deadline – which will be the first intake of applications under the new strategic framework – has not yet been announced, but will likely be in early summer.
Ontario Trillium Foundation


Au cas où vous n'avez pas vu notre site Web, voici un rappel comme quoi vendredi 17 octobre est la date limite d'inscription des organismes. Cette inscription fait partie du processus de soumission d'une demande de subvention à la Fondation Trillium de l'Ontario (FTO).
Pour pouvoir soumettre une demande de subvention avant la date limite du 3 novembre 2014, tous les demandeurs doivent inscrire leur organisme avant le 17 octobre. Ceci donnera le temps à la FTO de vérifier l'information concernant l'inscription de l'organisme pour déterminer si celui-ci est admissible.
Vous êtes déjà inscrits dans notre système? Veuillez mettre à jour l’information relative au profil de votre organisme:
Après le 17 octobre, les organismes pourront encore s'inscrire ou mettre à jour le profil existant de leur inscription. Tandis que nous nous efforcerons de vérifier l'information rapidement, nous ne pouvons pas garantir que nous y arriverons avant la date limite du 3 novembre.
Questions : Veuillez appeler le 1-800 263-2887
Nouveau Processus : Prenez note que le 3 novembre sera notre dernière date limite dans le cadre de notre modèle d'investissement actuel. Alors que nous passons à notre nouveau cadre stratégique, nous aurons une nouvelle approche à nos investissements communautaires. Visitez otf-redesign2015.capour plus de renseignements sur les nouvelles sources de financement et les résultats prioritaires sur lesquels nous nous concentrerons pour l'octroi de futures subventions.
Notre prochaine date limite – qui marquera la soumission des premières demandes de subvention dans le cadre du nouveau plan stratégique – n'a pas encore été annoncée, mais sera probablement au début de l'été.
La Fondation Trillium de l'Ontario

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Ontario Trail News - Information from on and around Ontario's 2500 recreational trails


Returning for a fourth year, Firemen’s Park Cross is back in Niagara Falls this Sunday, Oct. 19. Some exciting changes are in store for racers taking part in the third stop of the Provincial O-Cup Cyclocross Race series.
Team 905 Cycling, a Niagara-based team working in partnership with local Autism and Cystic Fibrosis-related charities, is co-organizing this year’s event along with returning race director Jeff Moote.
The result is a bigger Firemen’s Park Cross than ever before with a professional race atmosphere, more prizes, more space for team tents and a licensed beer tent from local craft brewery Silversmith. As always, Firemen’s Park offers easy access from the QEW, a huge playground for the kids, indoor washrooms, a bike wash and plenty of free parking right in the park. The already fantastic course design is also getting a few small enhancements this year which will be well-received by both racers and spectators.
Pre-registration closes Thursday at midnight, so visit to get signed up and avoid having to pay higher day-of registration fees (cash only).
To encourage more junior racers to try out cyclocross racing, entry fees are just $15 for anyone racing U-17 or U-15. As a BONUS though, Outdoors Oriented in St. Catharines has generously offered to cover the entry fees of 10 random U-15/17 racers. The names will be drawn at the start of the 12:15 youth races.
The schedule for Sunday is:

CategoryRace TimeStart Time
Elite 4 MenMaster 3 Men40 mins10:00am10:00am
U19 MenElite 3 MenMaster 2 Men50 mins11:15am 11:15am 11:15am
Elite Women (incl. U19 Junior)Master Women40 mins11:15am 11:15am
U15 Men/WomenU17 Men/Women30 mins12:15pm 12:15pm
Elite Men 1/2Master 1 Men60 mins1:15pm 1:15pm

For more information, visit the new Firemen’s Park Cross website at

Contacts: Dan Dakin – or 905-347-1970; Jeff Moote –; Jamie Schuman –
Two Deaths And Off Road Over Thanksgiving Weekend
... passengers, pedestrians, ORV enthusiasts and boaters who made the effort to stay safe on Ontario roads,trails and waterways over the weekend.
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The Globe and Mail
Cars vs. bicycles: Get out of my lane! (Can't we all just get along?)
There's more information in a City of Toronto pamphlet “Understanding Bike Lanes.” The city also has a web page about cycling and Cycle Toronto ...
Want more cyclists? Build more infrastructure and make it safer
TORONTO – Only three per cent of Torontonians bike to and from work each day, according to a poll done by Ipsos Reid exclusively for Global News.
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