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Summer Salutations from Hike Ontario!

THIS ISSUE: We report on the "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" initiative, encourage participation in the "Healthy Hikes" program, declare the start of nominations for our 2015 "Volunteer of the Year" awards, and announce the Hike Ontario Executive & Committee renewal. We also provide an update on this year's Annual Summit, announce The Avon Trail's 40th Anniversary, encourage applications for the Long Distance Hike Awards, and report on the current training opportunities available with the 'Seniors' Hike Initiative' for adults 55 years and older.  

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

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People

The first event to open Provincial Parks to Day Users for no charge took place on Friday, July 17th. A number of our Certified Hike Leaders took part by offering hikes on trails in Provincial Parks.

Unfortunately stormy weather across the province limited the attendance of hikers. However several good connections were made with Park Staff and future program opportunities and connections look promising. We expect that this promotion will continue and hope many more Hike Leaders will offer hikes in Provincial Parks. The 30 X 30 Challenge will start in Provincial Parks in August.

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Healthy Hikes - All Summer Long!

Hike Ontario is a partner with Conservation Ontario in Healthy Hikes – a program to encourage hiking in Conservation Areas. One of our Mood Walks participants (and a Certified Hike Leader) won a $1000 MEC gift card so signing on is worth the effort.

For more info, please go to www.healthyhikes.ca

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2015 Volunteer Awards

Hike Ontario will give out three Volunteer of the Year Awards at our Annual meeting on September 26 in Goderich.

For more information or to nominate a trail volunteer from your organization, see our website HERE.

NOTE: All nominations must be received by AUGUST 31st, 2015.

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Executive and Committee Renewal

2015 - 2016 Hike Ontario Executive

If you would like to assist hikers and trail associations from across the province, engage with
other positive activists and make a difference with Volunteer-based Pedestrian Trail
Organizations, please consider serving on the Hike Ontario Executive as a Committee Chair or committee member.

If you are interested in finding out what is available, please contact Tom Friesen (tomfriesen@hotmail.com), Raymond Soucy (raymond.soucy@live.com) or Mike Curtis (mikecurtiserin@yahoo.ca).

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Hike Ontario Summit - (Sept 25-27,2015)

In partnership with the "Camino de Rio Maitland"

We will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Maitland Trail at our Annual Summit event in Goderich this year, starting with a Hiker’s Pub Night on Friday, September 25. Hikers have a variety of choices to walk on Saturday and Sunday with opportunities for dinner following.

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

To register for this event, click HERE.

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Avon Trail celebrates its 40th Anniversary!

This year also represents the 40th Anniversary of The Avon Trail. It is a linear hiking trail running from St. Marys to Conestogo - established and maintained entirely by volunteers. Also, it exists due to the generosity of landowners. It provides a link between the Thames Valley Trail and the Grand Valley Trail.

Hike Ontario would like to congratulate The Avon Trail for 40 great years of supporting hiking, trail development, and healthy living!

We encourage you to join them and help celebrate this amazing milestone event. For more information, please see their website: www.avontrail.ca

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Long Distance Hiker Awards

Hike Ontario has a mandate to encourage hiking for all ages and all athletic levels throughout this great province. The Long Distance Hiker Awards celebrate dedicated hikers who have logged long distances (550, 950 and 1500 kilometers) on Pedestrian Walking Paths and Trails across Ontario.

These high-quality, embroidered patches are a great way of showing your accomplishments and supporting Hike Ontario's mission.

To apply for an award: complete a log of your hikes and apply HERE.

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Seniors’ Hike Initiative

Some Safe Hiker courses and Certified Hike Leader training courses have taken place but there is more capacity to hold introductory courses for the Safe Hiker Program as well as our Certified Hike Leader Training for participants who are 55 of age or older. We have a grant to reduce the prices of these courses (normally $50 or $75 to $15 or $40). Please contact Tom Friesen (tomfriesen@hotmail.comfor assistance.

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