Warm Winter Greetings!

THIS ISSUE: Breaking news on our 2016 Annual Summit, held in conjunction with the Rideau Trail’s 45th Anniversary. More information about our Mood Walks 2: Youth in Transition program, as well as the great opportunities available with the Seniors' Hike Initiative (for adults 55 years and older). There's also an update on our Young Hikers Program Committee, as well as exciting news about the upcoming Healthy Parks, Health People initiative! 

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


BREAKING NEWS: Annual Summit 2016

Planning for the Hike Ontario Summit 2016 – Sponsored by the Rideau Trail Association for its 45th Anniversary will be in Perth Ontario from September 30 to October 2.

On FRIDAY evening there will be a Hiker’s Pub Night; the events on SATURDAY will be held at the site of Canada’s Oldest Golf Club. Additionally, the town of Perth will be holding its 200th anniversary celebration!

Workshop topics for SATURDAY will include:

• Lyme Disease

• Board Dynamics

• Landowner Relations

• Hike Leadership

• Perth History

• Making a Survival Fire

• Social Media and Young Hiker Program

SUNDAY will feature trail hikes of varying lengths and difficulty levels. 

STAY TUNED to Hike Ontario's website for more details!


Mood Walks 2: Youth in Transition

The Mood Walks 2 project has begun with 42 sites in a wide variety of areas across Ontario being selected. Four centers will host retreats where experienced Hikers will be trained in day and a half session as Safe Hiker Instructors

If you are interested in learning more about this great program, please contact Hike Ontario at info@hikeontario.com.


Seniors’ Hike Initiative

Our Seniors' Hike Initiative project has just under two and a half months remaining in the grant period. This great program is geared towards adults 55 years of age and older and has already experienced  great success in promoting healthy & active living all across the province!

We would like to train as many Safe Hikers, Certified Hiker Leaders and Hike Ontario Instructors as possible. Please consider engaging in training for yourself or for your local hiking club/trail association.

Contact Hike Ontario President Tom Friesen (tomfriesen@hotmail.com) for additional assistance.


Young Hikers Program

The Young Hikers Program committee has been activated and activities are planned to promote this project in the near future.

PURPOSE: created to foster the appreciation of Ontario's hiking and walking opportunities among young Ontarians (under 29) and to inspire young people to take action in the protection, preservation and growth of Ontario's footpaths.

GOALS: is to foster and cultivate this appreciation through a variety of mediums. Ranging from cross-curriculum focused lessons (K-12) for educators to on-the-trail activities for families and youth - we offer a broad range of experiential opportunities. All with one goal in mind: to get youth outside and on the beautiful trails of Ontario.

If you are interested in learning more or getting involved, please contact us.


Healthy Parks, Healthy People

The Healthy Parks, Healthy People Initiative begun last summer will take place again on Friday, July 15, 2016. There will be FREE Day Admission to ALL Ontario Provincial Parks!

Our CERTIFIED Hike Leaders are welcomed and encouraged to lead hikes on this memorable day. Hike Leaders will also be able enter the park in advance to plan and pre-hike their event.

Be sure to check our website for all the FREE hikes that will be offered during the Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiative