TRAILS
Strategy

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The Ontario Trails Strategy is a long-term plan that establishes strategic directions for planning, managing, promoting and using trails in Ontario.

What is it?

In 2005, the Ontario Government launched the Ontario Trails Strategy (Strategy). The Strategy is a long-term plan that establishes strategic directions for planning, managing, promoting and using trails in Ontario.

Who developed it?

In July 2003, the Ministry of Tourism and Recreation was designated as the lead Ministry for trails planning and coordinating matter across government.

The Strategy was developed collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, as well as Indigenous communities.

Read more about the Strategy’s collaboration

What types of trails does the Strategy focus on?

The Strategy focuses on urban, suburban, rural and remote settings that are used for recreation, active living, utilitarian and tourism purposes.

Vision of the Ontario Trails Strategy

A world-class system of diversified trails, planned and used in an environmentally responsible manner, that enhances the health and prosperity of all Ontarians.

Core Values

Core values outlined in the strategy include:

  • Respecting private and public lands, including agricultural lands, Crown lands and the traditional land-use areas of Indigenous communities
  • Protecting, conserving and appreciating the environment, and cultural and natural heritage features
  • Providing a variety of trail opportunities in keeping with the diverse nature of Ontario’s population and visitors
  • Valuing regional differences and supporting local decision-making
  • Adopting good planning principles and approaches.

Key Strategic Directions

The Ontario Trails Strategy envisions a coordinated approach to meeting the challenges facing the trails community. Through a collaborative approach within a common framework, stakeholders can achieve greater successes.

The Strategy focuses on:

  • Improving collaboration among stakeholders
  • Enhancing the sustainability of Ontario’s trails
  • Enhancing the trail experience
  • Educating Ontarians about trails
  • Fostering better health and a strong economy through trails

Progress Report

The next progress report on the implementation on the Ontario Trails Strategy will be prepared by September 1, 2018.