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Summer greetings from Hike Ontario!

THIS ISSUE: We announce the opening of registrations for the 2015 El Camino de Rio Maitland, as well as the upcoming 'Healthy Parks, Healthy People' initiative that will be held on July 17th. We also announce discounts for seniors on hiking courses. Hike Ontario invites you to read about and comment on the new Ontario Trails Act 2015. We also report updates from the Ontario Trails Council Conference.  

As always, stay happy and healthy in the great outdoors, hikers. We wish you Happy Trails!

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2015 El Camino de Rio Maitland registration now OPEN

The Camino de Rio Maitland event has opened for registration. Spots for this year’s 2-day, 49km hike along the entire Maitland Trail are filling up quickly! Please register today to avoid disappointment.

Register HERE.

For more information, please visit the Maitland Trail Association event page HERE.

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Seniors’ Hike Initiative

Are interested in taking an introductory Safe Hiking course? Would you like to become a Certified Hike Leader? Hike Ontario offers reduced prices for those who are 55 years and older! We have a grant to reduce the prices of these courses (normally $50 or $75) to $15 or $40. Please contact Tom Friesen for assistance: tomfriesen@hotmail.com

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Healthy Parks, Healthy People

On July 17, 2015 all Ontario Provincial Parks will be open for Day Use Visitors at no charge.  Managed by Ontario Parks and in partnership with Coleman Canada "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" is a an initiative to inspire healthy living, promote hiking, and encourage the use of Ontario's provincial parks.

This is a wonderful opportunity to lead hikes in provincial parks for the public or to profile your trail association with a display or membership table. 

 To learn more, please see the official website: ontarioparks.com/hphp

ATTENTION CERTIFIED HIKE LEADERS: you may also enter provincial parks at no charge to pre-hike a planned hike for July 17. If interested in leading a free hike, you will need to contact Anne Craig (anne.craig@ontario.ca) of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry to gain this permission.

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Updates from the Ontario Trails Council Conference  

As a member of the Ontario Trails Council, Hike Ontario was represented at the conference held from June 7th to 10th, 2015.

In addition to training Hike Leaders and presenting the Mood Walks project, Hike Ontario spoke up about the new Ontario Trails Act 2015. Tom Friesen noted the Act's improvements regarding the Landowners’ Occupancy Act, but took issue with the new Act's failure to provide money for trail associations to maintain staff. Other criticisms revolved around the Act's failure to encourage private landowners to host trails on their property and the failure of the Act to remove the right to sue for walking on trails free of charge. In addition, the Act does not remove the province’s charging of PST on Hike Ontario's insurance payments. (A tax on a charitable donation to the people of Ontario).  

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Bill 100: Supporting the Ontario Trails Act 2015

There are only two days remaining to comment on Bill 100 in support of the Ontario Trails Act. Comments close on June 27th, 2015.

Click HERE to read Bill 100.

To make comments on the Act, click HERE

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