Discover the province's trails during Ontario Hiking Week



    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 27 /CNW/ - Today's Trails Open Ontario event on
the Glassford Trail is one of many events across the province planned for
Ontario Hiking Week, which officially begins on September 29 and runs through
October 5.
    "Ontario Hiking Week is an ideal time to experience a Trails Open Ontario
event," said The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario
Heritage Trust. "Hiking along Ontario's trails provides an opportunity to
appreciate our extraordinary natural heritage."
    Led by the City of Mississauga and Credit Valley Conservation, today's
one-hour Trails Open Ontario event is a guided hike along the 1-km (0.6-mile)
Glassford Trail. The trail follows the edge of the Credit River, traversing
forest, floodplain meadows and wetland ecosystems. The river is the main
landscape feature in the area, but the trail also features sites of early
milling operations, transportation routes and agriculture - all evidence of
the area's cultural heritage.
    "An active population means a healthier society, and our trails
contribute to building strong communities," said Health Promotion Minister
Margarett Best. "Hiking is a great way to enjoy Ontario's wonderful network of
trails and be active at the same time."

    
    Next weekend, more Trails Open Ontario events are planned for the end of
Ontario Hiking Week:

    -   Saturday, October 4 - Elora Cataract Trail, Elora

    -   Saturday, October 4 - Nokiidaa Trail, Newmarket

    -   Saturday, October 4 - Maitland Trail, Goderich

    -   Saturday, October 4 - Grand Valley Trail, Port Maitland (Haldimand)

    -   Sunday, October 5 - Bruce Trail, Limehouse (Halton Hills)

    -   Sunday, October 5 - Bruce Trail, Niagara-on-the-Lake
    

    To learn more about these events, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca and click
on Trails Open Ontario under the Spotlight on Heritage.
    "Trails Open Ontario celebrates the province's remarkable system of
trails," said Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture. "I encourage all Ontarians
to take the time during Hiking Week to enjoy our beautiful trails and learn
more about our natural heritage."
    Trails Open Ontario is designed to promote trail use and education,
support natural heritage conservation and stewardship, and encourage physical
activity and a healthy lifestyle. It is a program of the Ontario Heritage
Trust, delivered with support from the Government of Ontario. The program's
media sponsor is The Globe and Mail.

    The Ontario Heritage Trust is an agency of the Government of Ontario,
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's
built, cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of present and future
generations.

    
    Quick Facts:

    -   The 2008 season of Trails Open Ontario features more than 20 events.
        The final event is on October 11 on the Oak Ridges Trail in Aurora.

    -   Events are free to the public and include a variety of activities,
        such as urban walks, guided historic tours, bicycle rides and nature
        hikes.

    -   Trails Open Ontario is modelled on the Ontario Heritage Trust's
        successful Doors Open Ontario program.

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For further information:

For further information: Catrina Colme, Marketing and Communications
Coordinator, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5074, E-mail:
catrina.colme@heritagetrust.on.ca


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