Trails Open Ontario 2008 Season Begins



    BRAMPTON, ON, June 7 /CNW/ - Trails Open Ontario 2008 officially kicks
off today - International Trails Day - at the Claireville Conservation Area.
This is the first of more than 20 Trails Open Ontario events planned this
season.
    "We are delighted to be working with additional trail partners and
communities to present Trails Open Ontario 2008," said The Honourable Lincoln
M. Alexander, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "With the many new
events this year, even more Ontarians will have a chance to experience and
enjoy the unique natural heritage of the province and learn about natural
heritage conservation."
    The Claireville Conservation Area trail follows a country lane through a
forested area overlooking the West Humber River. Leading to the Wiley Concrete
Bowstring Heritage Bridge, the trail passes through a former farm area settled
in the early 1800s. In the vicinity, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts
dating back thousands of years. Today's hike included an opportunity for
participants to discuss the bridge and surrounding areas with a local
historian, an archaeologist and staff from the Toronto Region Conservation
Authority.
    "Trails Open Ontario events promote the province's diverse network of
trail systems," said Margarett Best, Minister of Health Promotion. "Ontario's
trails provide inexpensive opportunities for recreation so that Ontarians can
get outdoors and enjoy the health benefits of being active."
    Modelled on the success of Doors Open Ontario - the Ontario Heritage
Trust's provincewide heritage tourism program - 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. Events are free to the public and include a variety of activities,
such as urban walks, guided historic tours, bicycle rides and nature hikes,
with opportunities for wildlife viewing and bird watching.
    "Trails Open Ontario invites people to explore our natural and cultural
heritage," said Aileen Carroll, Minister of Culture. "These events not only
showcase the interesting stories from our past and the spectacular scenery of
our natural spaces, but they also highlight the importance of preserving this
heritage for the benefit of future generations."
    The next two Trails Open Ontario events take place tomorrow in Capreol.
One is a self-guided nature walk on the Capreol Walking Trail, which traverses
the shoreline of the Vermilion River and features northern Ontario wilderness
and wildlife. The other is a guided history hike through the town, pointing
out the unique heritage sites in this Greater Sudbury community. For more
information on these and other Trails Open Ontario events this season, visit
www.heritagetrust.on.ca and click on Trails Open Ontario under the Spotlight
on Heritage.
    Trails Open Ontario 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.

    The Trails Open Ontario 2008 Calendar of Events is attached.

    
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                 Trails Open Ontario 2008 Calendar of Events
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    Date                     Trail                      Location
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    Saturday, June 7         Claireville Conservation   Brampton
                             Area
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    Sunday, June 8           Capreol Walking Trail      Capreol
                                                        (Greater Sudbury)
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    Sunday, June 8           History Hikes              Capreol
                                                        (Greater Sudbury)
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    Saturday, June 14        Scout Valley Trails        Orillia
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    Saturday, June 14        Millennium Trail           Orillia
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    Saturday, June 21        Nanabush Trails            Georgina Island
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    Sunday, June 22          Caledon Trailway           Caledon East
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    Sunday, July 6           Waterfront Trail           Toronto
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    Saturday, July 19        Prescott-Russell           Alfred (Alfred and
                             Recreational Trail         Plantagenet)
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    Saturday, August 16      Hardy Lake                 Walkers Point
                             Provincial Park            (Muskoka Lakes)
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    Friday, September 12     Muskrat Urban Trail        Kenora
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    Friday, September 12     Mount Evergreen Trail      Kenora
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    Saturday, September 13   Mink Bay Trail             Kenora
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    Saturday, September 13   Rabbit Lake Trail          Kenora
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    Saturday, September 13   Oak Ridges Trail           Goodwood (Uxbridge)
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    Saturday, September 20   Oak Ridges Trail           Clarington
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    Saturday, September 27   Glassford Trail            Mississauga
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    Saturday, October 4      Elora Cataract Trail       Elora
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    Saturday, October 4      Nokiidaa Trail             Newmarket
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    Saturday, October 4      Maitland Trail             Goderich
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    Saturday, October 4      Grand Valley Trail         Port Maitland
                                                        (Haldimand)
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    Sunday, October 5        Bruce Trail                Limehouse
                                                        (Halton Hills)
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    Sunday, October 5        Bruce Trail                Niagara-on-the-Lake
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    Saturday, October 11     Oak Ridges Trail           Aurora
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    With more events to come!





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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