Summer Sizzles with Hike Ontario!

THIS ISSUE: We proudly announce this year's "Get Outside Day" initiative, reveal new training course dates, and report on the Bruce Trail Conservatory's upcoming AGM. We also provide details on the 2016 Hike Haliburton Festival, announce the Maitland Trail Association's El Camino event, and reveal news on this year's Annual Summit.  

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


Get Outside Day!

July 15, 2016

Ontario Parks will be opening its doors to everyone in the province with FREE day-use admission available to all. There will be no charge for day-use visitation during the celebration. Parks across the province will offer events and activities that encourage people to visit parks and be active. Explore a new park, sample our facilities and services or enjoy a fun event in a great natural setting!

Coleman, in partnership with Hike Ontario, is calling on the support of all Canadians – Canadian media, Canadian officials and Coleman partners to urge the government to declare July 15th as National Get Outside Day, because who wouldn’t want another day to Get Outside?

For more information, please go to www.getoutsidecanada.com


Upcoming Course Dates

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

• Safe Hiker Program (July 30 - London)

• Safe Hiker Program (July 31 - Oakville)

• Certified Hike Leader (August 1 - Oakville)

• Certified Hike Leader (August 31 - Ottawa)

• 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.


Bruce Trail AGM

Sept. 16 - Sept. 18

The Bruce Trail Conservancy will be holding its 2016 Annual General Meeting from September 16-18.

Hosted by the Dufferin Hi-Land Bruce Trail Club, the event will be taking place at the Mono Community Centre.

For more information or to register, please go HERE: http://brucetrail.org/pages/agm-registration#registration



Hike Haliburton Festival

Sept. 22 - 25, 2016

The 14th annual Hike Haliburton Festival is the largest of its kind in Canada and will take place this year from September 22nd - 25th! There will be over 70 guided hikes for all ages and abilities, featuring arts, culture, food and of course, the great outdoors!

Hike Ontario is pleased again to support this year's event by promoting the festival, as well as providing several hike training courses.

To learn more about this amazing event, please visit: www.myhaliburtonhighlands.com


Maitland El Camino (Sept. 24-25, 2016)

In support of the Maitland Trail Association

El Camino Maitland (El Camino de Sinuoso Rio Maitland) is a 49km, 2-day hike along the entire Maitland Trail.  It’s modeled after the somewhat-more-famous El Camino de Santiago de Compostella, the pilgrimage from southern France through the north of Spain to the Atlantic Ocean.

The event takes place on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, September 25, 2016. Registration opens May 24th, so don't miss your chance to take part in this great experience.

For more information, please visit the Oak Ridges Trail Association event page here: http://www.maitlandtrail.ca/mtaelcamino2016/


Hike Ontario Summit 2016

Sept. 30 - Oct. 2

The Hike Ontario Summit takes place in Perth, Ontario from Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

The Rideau Trail Association is the host for this year's Summit. The event will recognize the 200th anniversary of the Perth Military Settlement, and also the 45th anniversary of the Rideau Trail Association!

The schedule includes a pub night in Perth on Friday, the Hike Ontario AGM at the Perth Golf Club on Saturday, followed by various hiking related workshops and an evening dinner. Sunday we will put on a number of hikes in the area, focusing on the Rideau Trail. Events may also include a historical walking tour and canoeing on the Tay River.

Contact is the RTA Central Club Chair, Gill Hyland at ghyland2@cogeco.ca.