Trails Open Ontario 2010 promotes province's vast trail systems

TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Today is International Trails Day and Trails Open Ontario will once again showcase Ontario's remarkable natural heritage by featuring several free special events. Many of the province's trail systems, programs and organizations are participating in this year's program.

"We are delighted to be working in partnership with trail organizations, communities and volunteers across the province to present Trails Open Ontario 2010," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "Through this exciting initiative, more Ontarians than ever before can access and celebrate our extraordinary natural landscapes and discover more about natural heritage conservation."

Some of today's special events include: a guided tour of the St. Clair River Trail, allowing participants to experience the unique character of Bluewaterland (Port Lambton); a 28-kilometre (17.4-mile) roundtrip cycling tour through farmland and forests along the Train Trail from Collingwood to Stayner (Collingwood); and a hike along the Tay Shore Trail, providing an opportunity to examine local flora and fauna with a skilled naturalist/ecologist (Victoria Harbour).

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. In addition to guided hikes, several of the participating trail systems and organizations are coordinating free activities, such as trail dedication ceremonies, community festivals, barbeques and educational workshops. With over 80 events planned thus far, Ontarians in every corner of the province will have access to a variety of recreational opportunities on Ontario's 88,000 kilometres (54,680 miles) of trails.

Ontario's trails are ready to be explored. For a comprehensive listing of Trails Open Ontario 2010 events, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca. A selection of guided hikes and tours offered by participating trail systems and organizations is also featured in a special 12-page section of the Doors Open Ontario 2010 Guide. To obtain a free copy, call 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).

Trails Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust, with funding 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 heritage for present and future generations.

Quick Facts:

    
    -   Now in its fourth year, Trails Open Ontario is a provincewide natural
        heritage tourism program that invites residents and visitors to
        experience the province's trails and natural spaces.
    -   Trails Open Ontario 2010 features over 30 trail partners, including
        the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Conservation Ontario (events in
        conservation areas across the province will be advertised directly
        through www.conservation-ontario.on.ca).
    -   Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca for updated Trails Open Ontario 2010
        event listings. Additional events will be added throughout the
        season.

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                 Trails Open Ontario 2010 Calendar of Events

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    Date                   Trail/Site                        Location
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    Saturday, June 5       St. Clair River Trail             Port Lambton
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    Saturday, June 5       Grand River Tour                  Dunnville
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    Saturday, June 5       Downtown Dunnville Walking Tour   Dunnville
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    Saturday, June 5       Dunnville Riverside Cemetery Tour Dunnville
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    Saturday, June 5       Samuel Wilmot Nature Area         Newcastle
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    Saturday, June 5       Collingwood Trails Network        Collingwood
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    Saturday, June 5       Tiny Trail                        Penetanguishene
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    Saturday, June 5       Penetanguishene Trans Canada
                           Trail                             Penetanguishene
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    Saturday, June 5       Midland Rotary Trail              Midland
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    Saturday, June 5       Tay Shore Trail                   Victoria Harbour
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    Sunday, June 6         Caledon Trailway                  Caledon East
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    Sunday, June 6         Samuel Wilmot Nature Area         Newcastle
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    Sunday, June 6         MacGregor Point Provincial Park   Port Elgin
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    Saturday, June 12      Grand River Tour                  Dunnville
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    Saturday, June 12      Downtown Dunnville Walking Tour   Dunnville
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    Saturday, June 12      Dunnville Riverside Cemetery Tour Dunnville
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    Saturday, June 12      McLean Mountain Trail             Eads Bush
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    Sunday, June 13        Lewis Twin Peaks Trail            Sheguiandah
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    Saturday, June 26      Carroll Trail                     Tillsonburg
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    Saturday, June 26      Claireville Conservation Area     Brampton
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    Saturday, June 26      Moonbeam Nature Trails            Moonbeam
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    Sunday, June 27        Sylvan Glen Conservation Area     Port Hope
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    Saturday, July 10      Spicer Trail                      Wallacetown
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    Saturday, July 10      Haliburton Highlands Water Trails Dorset
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    Saturday, July 10      Cup and Saucer Trail              Cold Springs
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    Saturday, July 17      Prescott & Russell Recreational   Caledonia
                           Trail                             Springs
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    Saturday, July 17      La Vase Portages                  North Bay
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    Saturday, September 11 Gilkison Flats Trail              Brantford
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    Saturday, September 11 TH&B and LE&N Rail Trails         Brantford
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    Sunday, September 12   Kissing Bridge Trail              Ariss
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    Saturday, September 18 Grand River Tour                  Dunnville
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    Saturday, September 18 Downtown Dunnville Walking Tour   Dunnville
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    Saturday, September 18 Dunnville Riverside Cemetery Tour Dunnville
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    Saturday, September 18 Grand Valley Trail                Bloomingdale
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    Saturday, September 18 Sauble Beach Cross Country        Sauble Falls
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    Sunday, September 19   Sauble Beach Cross Country        Sauble Falls
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    Saturday, October 2    Pearce Williams Christian Centre  Fingal
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    Sunday, October 3      Wetland Ridge Side Trail          Niagara-on-the-
                                                             Lake
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    Wednesday, October 6   Northumberland County             Alnwick/
                           Forest Trails                     Haldimand
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    Sunday, October 17     Kincardine Trails                 Kincardine
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    Saturday, October 23   Maitland Trail (Ball's Bridge)    Auburn
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    Sunday, October 24     Maitland Trail (Tiger Dunlop's
                           Tomb)                             Goderich
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With more events to come!

SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

For further information: For further information: Liane Nowosielski, Marketing and Communications Specialist, Ontario Heritage Trust, Telephone: (416) 325-5032, Email: liane.nowosielski@heritagetrust.on.ca


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