Trails Open Ontario 2011 promotes province's vast trail systems

TORONTO, June 4, 2011 /CNW/ - Today is International Trails Day and Trails Open Ontario will once again showcase Ontario's extraordinary natural heritage by featuring several free special events. Many of the province's trail systems are included in this year's program.

"For five years now, Trails Open Ontario has provided an opportunity for all Ontarians to access and celebrate the remarkable trail systems that exist throughout the province," said Dr. Thomas H.B. Symons, Chairman of the Ontario Heritage Trust. "We are delighted to partner with trail organizations, conservation authorities, communities and volunteers to deliver Trails Open Ontario 2011."

Some of today's special events include: a guided tour of the Midland Rotary Trail, routed through unique natural areas between local industries (Midland); a walk along the urban section of the Trans Canada Trail, where participants can learn about the environmental features of Fleming College's Frost Campus (Lindsay); and, a hike and filtration plant tour through the Inglis Falls Conservation Area, where 100-year-old underground caverns were previously used to filter drinking water (Owen Sound).

Modelled after the successful Doors Open Ontario 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. In addition to guided hikes, several of the participating trail systems and organizations are coordinating free activities - such as trail dedication ceremonies, community festivals, birdwatching and educational workshops. With over 50 events planned throughout the season, 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 2011 events, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca/trails. 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 2011 Guide.  To obtain a free copy, call 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).

Trails Open Ontario is a program of the Ontario Heritage Trust. 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 fifth 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.
  • The Trust has once again partnered with Conservation Ontario to host Trails Open Ontario events in conservation areas across the province; many of these events will be advertised directly through www.conservation-ontario.on.ca.
  • The Trust has also partnered with the Bruce Trail Conservancy to coordinate Trails Open Ontario events on all nine sections of the trail on Bruce Trail Day - Sunday, October 2, 2011.
  • Visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca/trails for updated Trails Open Ontario 2011 event listings. Additional events will be added throughout the season.

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Trails Open Ontario 2011 Calendar of Events

Date Trail/Site Location
Saturday, June 4 St. Clair River Trail Sombra
Saturday, June 4 North Shore Road Trail Port Elgin
Saturday, June 4 Discovery Trail Penetanguishene
Saturday, June 4 Midland Rotary Trail Midland
Saturday, June 4 Tiny Trail Perkinsfield
Saturday, June 4 Tay Shore Trail Victoria Harbour
Saturday, June 4 Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Lindsay
Saturday, June 4 Confederation Park Hamilton
Saturday, June 4 Hilton Falls Conservation Area Milton
Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5 Inglis Falls Conservation Area Owen Sound
Sunday, June 5 Garden Hill Country Roads & Trails Garden Hill
Saturday, June 11 Carly Patterson Memorial Trail Wasaga Beach
Saturday, June 11 Prescott-Russell Recreational Trail Caledonia Springs
Sunday, June 12 Oil Springs Historical Trail Oil Springs
Wednesday, June 22 Napanee Conservation Area and Boardwalk Napanee
Saturday, June 25 Collingwood Trails Network Collingwood
Monday, July 4 Ajax Waterfront Trail Ajax
Sunday, July 10 Northumberland County Forest (West) Alnwick/Haldimand
Sunday, July 10 Ice Lake Trail Ice Lake (Gore Bay)
Friday, July 22 Eau Claire Gorge Conservation Area Eau Claire
Saturday, August 6 The Great Saugeen Conservation Nature Tours Allan Park
Saturday, August 13 Waterford Heritage Trail Waterford
Sunday, September 11 Lorne C. Henderson Conservation Area Petrolia
Saturday, September 17 Granger Greenway and Pierre Berton Trail Vaughan
Sunday, September 18 Fossil Hill Trail Assiginack
Sunday, September 18 Merrickville-Limerick Trail (Scotch Line) Merrickville
Saturday, September 24 Wildwood Lake Trail St. Marys
Saturday, September 24 Gilkison Flats Trail Brantford
Saturday, September 24 TH&B and LE&N Rail Trails Brantford
Sunday, September 25 Northumberland County Forest (Central) Alnwick/Haldimand
Sunday, September 25 Hershey Lake Conservation Area Timmins
Sunday, September 25 Vanderwater Conservation Area Thomasburg
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Wetland Ridge Side Trail Niagara-on-the-Lake
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Kerncliff Park Burlington
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Terra Cotta Conservation Area Terra Cotta
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Forks of the Credit Provincial Park Caledon
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Mono Cliffs Provincial Park Shelburne
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Blue Mountain Blue Mountains
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Old Baldy Conservation Area Kimberley
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Sydenham Section Owen Sound
Sunday, October 2 Bruce Trail - Dyer's Bay Dyer's Bay
Sunday, October 2 Wawanosh Nature Centre North Huron
Sunday, October 2 HR Frink Centre Plainfield
Saturday, October 8 Backus Heritage Conservation Area Port Rowan
Saturday, October 15 Cranberry Trail Callander

With more events to come! 

SOURCE Ontario Heritage Trust

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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