Ontario Heritage Trust Launches Trails Open Ontario

    TORONTO, April 5 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lincoln M. Alexander, Chairman of
the Ontario Heritage Trust, Jim Watson, Minister of Health Promotion, and
Caroline Di Cocco, Minister of Culture, today announced the launch of Trails
Open Ontario.
    Modelled on the success of Doors Open Ontario - a 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. As with Doors Open
Ontario events, Trails Open Ontario events are free of charge.
    "Trails Open Ontario celebrates the remarkable trail systems that have
been created and are expanding throughout the province," said Mr. Alexander.
"I encourage people to take this opportunity to hike on some of Ontario's most
picturesque trails and to experience our natural heritage first hand."
    In 2007 - the program's pilot year - seven Trails Open Ontario events are
planned across the province between June and October:

    -   Lambton County Trails - Petrolia Discovery Trail: Discover a Trail
        Day! - June 2
    -   Rideau Trail - Ottawa Section: Lime Kiln Hike - June 2
    -   Voyageur Trail - Saulteaux Section: Hub Trail Evening Hike - June 7
    -   Oak Ridges Trail: The Moraine for Life Hike on the Oak Ridges Moraine
        Trail - June 17
    -   Elora Cataract Trailway: Tree Planting and Hike - September 16
    -   Bruce Trail - Sydenham Section: Bruce Trail Day in Woodford -
        September 30
    -   Bruce Trail - Iroquoia Section: Bruce Trail Day at Kerncliff Park -
        September 30

    "Trails Open Ontario is a unique tourism experience that recognizes the
value of the province's trails system and promotes active, healthy living
among Ontarians," said Minister Watson. "The events planned as part of this
initiative will encourage more people to get out and get active and make
better use of our network of trails."
    As part of Trails Open Ontario events this year, people will have a
chance to experience some of the province's most scenic trails and participate
in guided hikes, instructional workshops, trail dedications, exhibitor
displays, barbecues, draws, relays and scavenger hunts. For more detailed
information, visit www.heritagetrust.on.ca and click on Trails Open Ontario
under the Spotlight on Heritage.
    "Ontario's trails - which often follow historical pathways and tell of
past uses - are important cultural and natural heritage resources," said
Minister Di Cocco. "Trails Open Ontario gives people a chance to enjoy the
outdoors and be physically active, while exploring part of Ontario's

    The free Trails Open Ontario 2007 Guide - featuring participating trail
organizations and events - is included as a special pull-out section in the
Doors Open Ontario 2007 Guide. Both guides will be distributed in the Ontario
edition of The Globe and Mail on Tuesday, April 10 and are also available by
calling 1-800-ONTARIO (668-2746).

    Trails Open Ontario 2007 is sponsored by The Globe and Mail and the
Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.

    The Ontario Heritage Trust - the province's lead heritage agency - is
dedicated to identifying, preserving, protecting and promoting Ontario's
built, cultural and natural heritage for the benefit of present and future

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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:

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