Monday, August 22, 2016
Friday, August 19, 2016
Ontario Trails News - we welcome another new partner - A2A Trail! Join Ontario Trails - support our work!
A2A TRAIL - FROM THE TORONTO STAR
NEWCOMB, N.Y.—The 640-kilometre trek of a radio-collared moose named Alice is the inspiration for a proposed hiking trail from Ontario’s forested Algonquin Park to the heart of New York’s Adirondack Mountains.
Planners of the A2A — Algonquin to Adirondack — Trail liken it to Spain’s famous Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, with the added benefit of preserving an important wildlife migration corridor between two vast wilderness regions.
“This is one of last great migration routes. It’s an area where wildlife can regenerate itself,” said Emily Conger, chair of the trail committee for the A2A Collaborative, the Ontario-based non-profit conservation group behind the project.
Still in the planning stage with no definite route, the A2A will combine existing trails and roads following the general track taken by Alice, a moose radio-collared by New York wildlife workers in 1998 and released in a remote forest area in the central Adirondack town of Newcomb.
Partnerships always welcome at Ontario Trails!
Thursday, August 18, 2016
Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Friday, August 12, 2016
Ontario Trail News - tell us about your Regional Trail Committee, New Partnerships Welcomed and more about Ontario's Trails!
In the fall of 2015 the Ontario Trails Coordinating Committee endorsed the Ontario Trails Implementation Strategy. On of the action plan items was to assess and better understand how the province and the OTC could support Regional Trail Committees.
Over the past 20 years communities have used RTC's to reduce conflict, find resources and advance trails
TAKE THE SURVEY!
With over 50 committees operating throughout Ontario, many started or supported by the efforts of the OTC, we want to know how you are doing. We believe that trail committees bring the best people together to manage trails!We also want to support your community work, recognize it and get supports for it. From members, local government and the province.
SHARE THE SURVEY!Please send the link to a committee, or a group that works on trails. If they don't have a process to manage trails we'll help get them started.
If you are a group that doesn't have a committee, or has one that could function better give the OTC a call. 613-484-1140
Partnerships always welcome at Ontario Trails!
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Ontario Trails News - watch for coyotes on trails,seek out new trails in Temiskaming, and indigenous trail markers and more from Ontario Trails!
There have been two cases of a coyote acting aggressively towards people and dogs walking along the Niska Trail in Guelph, humane society officials say.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Ontario Trails News - MNRF urges you to spend more time in Nature, we urge you to use an Ontario Trail.
The Ontario government and Ontario Parks are challenging people across the province to spend more time in nature and develop new healthy habits.
Inspired by the David Suzuki Foundation's 30x30 Challenge, the Ontario Parks 30x30 Nature Challenge encourages people to spend at least 30 minutes per day in nature for 30 days. This year's challenge begins in August.
Spending time outside each day will help to form a beneficial new habit that supports a healthy lifestyle. Research shows that interacting with nature is good for both physical and mental health, from reducing stress and strengthening the immune system to reducing the risk of certain types of cancer and lowering blood pressure.
The 30x30 Nature Challenge doesn't have to take a lot of time and planning. Nature isn't that far away - there are provincial parks all across Ontario. But it's also right in your backyard. Green space can be as close as your neighbourhood park or garden. You can check out local trails and beaches, too - they may even lie along your daily route.
If you're looking for a change of scenery, the Ontario Parks locator tool makes it easy to find a provincial park nearby. Enjoy hiking, biking, paddling and lots of outdoor programmes.
Here are just some of the ways you can get outside for the 30x30 Challenge this August:
- Bring your family to the Learn to Fish event at Balsam Lake.
- Perfect your howl at Algonquin's wolf howls.
- Take a guided ghost walk at Bronte Creek.
- Learn some kayak basics at Frontenac.
- Become a citizen scientist by participating in the Summer Loon Count at Killarney.
- Go stargazing at Halfway Lake's Star Party, hosted by the Sudbury Astronomy Club.
Finding more time for nature is easy and it can really pay off when it comes to your health!
- There are more than 330 provincial parks in Ontario, perfect for fun and healthy activities.
- Ontario Parks supports the link between a healthy environment and healthy society through Healthy Parks, Healthy People and the 30x30 Challenge.
- The Healthy Parks Healthy People movement evolved from the international Health Parks, Healthy People Congress in 2010. Its goal is to maintain global momentum towards better understanding the links between nature and human health.
- In 2015, Ontario’s provincial parks received more than 9.8 million visits from people around the world and brought in over $80 million in revenue, which supports jobs and businesses across the province.
“Spending time in one of Ontario’s beautiful provincial parks is a wonderful way to connect with nature and stay healthy. But there are also many natural settings in your own neighbourhood. I encourage all Ontarians to get out to any natural setting and to take up the 30x30 Nature challenge.”
Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
Ontario Trails News - send us your feedback on your Trails, as we work with you on your Trails Tourism Action Plan!
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Please take a couple of minutes and send us your contact information.
Ontario Trails are currently engaged with RTO's in seeking improved data for the Ontario Trails Council website, as well as crafting Trails Tourism Action Plans with each RTO and their partners.
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Ontario 150 Offering Grants!
Apply for fundingThere are three funding programs you can apply for:
- Community Celebration Program (application opens July 6 and closes September 2, 2016)
- Partnership Program (application opens July 6 and closes September 30, 2016)
- Community Capital Program (application opens July 18 and closes September 14, 2016)
Friday, August 5, 2016
News From Partners!
Thanks Pablo for the mentions!
Thanks Mississauga Parks and Forestry for the mention!
Thanks for the mention Toby!
Thanks for the photo Jeremy!
After all the discussion about it (at Trailhead Ontario - Renfrew), I spotted a horse and buggy using the Thousand Islands Parkway recreational trail this morning.
Watch for this recurring special on the Group of Seven Trail!