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Spring Greetings from Hike Ontario!

THIS ISSUE: We announce this year's "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" initiative, encourage participation in the "Healthy Hikes" program, and report on Spring Hike Day 2016. We also provide news on upcoming Training Course dates, announce the Oak Ridges Trail Association's Adventure Relay, and encourage applications for the Long Distance Hike Awards.  

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

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Healthy Parks, Healthy People is on July 15 and all provincial parks are open for Day Use Visitors at no charge! Hike Leaders who wish to lead a hike in a provincial park on this day, may also gain entry to the park ahead of time in order to pre-hike and plan their route. Last year's event was a great success (apart from being the worst weather day the whole province had). .

For more information, please go to ontarioparks.com/hphp

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Healthy Hikes - Boost Your Health!

May 2 - Oct 31

Hike Ontario is a partner with Conservation Ontario in Healthy Hikes – a yearly program to encourage hiking in Conservation Areas. Hidden within these natural gems are lakes, rivers, and streams as well as wetlands, sand dunes, beaches, waterfalls, caves, and forests just waiting to be explored.

It all starts on May 2 and goes until October 31, 2016.

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

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Spring Hike Day

May 1, 2016

A province-wide celebration by Hike Ontario and our member clubs in recognition of our birthday! In 1975, Premier William Davis proclaimed Sunday April 27, 1975 as Ontario Hiking Day. Now named Spring Hike Day, we celebrate it annually on the first Sunday in May.

Spring Hike Day highlights the recreational benefits of hiking and walking in support of the Province's ACTIVE2010 Project and raises awareness of our ongoing campaign entitled "Hike for the Health of It!"

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Upcoming Course Dates

Hike Ontario has many great training courses that are currently being offered:

• Certified Hike Leader (May 7 - Thunder Bay)

• Wilderness Day Hike Leader (May 8 - Thunder Bay)

• Certified Hike Leader (May 28 - Oakville)

• Certified Hike Leader (June 4 - London)

• Navigation: Map, Compass, and GPS (November 5 - Orangeville)

• Certified Hike Leader (November 12 - Orangeville)

Registrations are quickly filling up, so don't miss your chance to experience one of these great courses.

To see our online Course Calendar, please click HERE.

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Adventure Relay - (June 11, 2016)

In support of the Oak Ridges Trail Association

The Adventure Relay is a team event in support of the Oak Ridges Trail Association.

A fabulous 160km relay race, divided into 14 stages, including canoeing, biking and running legs, an amazing experience for Elite, Recreational and Corporate teams.Teams range from 2 to 15 members, everyone from veteran adventure racers to active recreational athletes looking for a brand new challenge or wanting to push themselves further.

The route runs from Rice Lake in the east across forest trails and country roads to the finish line in King City.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 11, 2016 – early bird registration available until April 30th.

For more information, please visit the Oak Ridges Trail Association event page here: www.oakridgestrail.org/adventure-relay/

To register, click HERE.

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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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