Spring Salutations!

THIS ISSUE: We announce the 'Go Wild, Grow Wild' 2017 Expo, presented by the Carolinian Canada Coalition. Also included is a reminder about the end of Urban Poling's '150 Great Canadian Hikes contest'. We reveal the 2017 Trailhead North trails conference & learning symposium, as well report on the many upcoming Training Courses that Hike Ontario is offering. There's also news on this year's Spring Hike Day, and we announce this month's Trail Photo Contest Winner!

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


'Go Wild, Grow Wild' 2017 Expo

Saturday, April 8

Come join Hike Ontario and celebrate all that is extraordinary in Canada’s Deep South! Check out the largest gathering of region’s businesses, experts, organizations, and groups to inspire your next adventure! 'Go Wild Grow Wild' Expo will showcase what to do, where to go, and how to protect Carolinian Canada through interactive workshops, live demonstrations, booths and so much more!!

Admission: $5
Children under 12 – FREE!

Learn more at: gowildgrowwild.ca/expo


Canadians love hiking...and what’s not to love? Fresh air, exercise, beautiful scenery, a budget-friendly workout in every season. Hiking makes sense!

In celebration of Canada’s 150th Birthday and our country’s love of hiking, Urban Poling is running a contest from February 15 – April 15. Their 150 Great Canadian Hikes contest asks Canadians to submit their favorite places to hike (within Canada).

To learn more or submit your entry, please click HERE


Trailhead North

April 25th & 26th, 2017

In Spring of 2017 trail enthusiasts and supporters are headed to Nipigon for two days of meetings and lively discussion about all types of trails.

Hosted by the Township of Nipigon and the Ontario Trails Council to bring together trail builders, planners and a broad range of stakeholders across Northwestern Ontario.

To register for this great event, please visit: trailheadnorth.com


Upcoming Training Courses

Did you know you can view all of Hike Ontario’s public training courses on our online Course Calendar? Whether you’re interested in the introductory ‘Safe Hiker Program’, aspire to guide others as a ‘Certified Hike Leader’, or wish to expand your skills to ‘Wilderness Hike Leader’ – we have you covered!

Here are just a few of our upcoming training courses:

• Wilderness Day Hike Leader (Apr 22, Oshawa)
• Certified Hike Leader (Apr 22, Sault Ste Marie)
• Wilderness Day Hike Leader (Apr 23, Sault Ste Marie)
• Certified Hike Leader (Apr 29, Nipigon)
• Wilderness Day Hike Leader (Apr 30, Nipigon)
• Safe Hiker Program (May 27, Elliot Lake)
• Certified Hike Leader (May 28, Elliot Lake)
• Certified Hike Leader (June 25, Hamilton)

To see all the future training courses that will be offered in the following months, be sure to check out our Course Calendar HERE.


Spring Hike Day

Sunday, May 7, 2017

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!"


Trail Photo Contest Winner!

Congratulations to @RSokolich on Twitter, the winner of our monthly Trail Photo Contest. He submitted this wonderful photo from one of his hiking excursions. Thank you Robert and Happy Trails!

If you want to submit a photo of your trail adventures, just tweet us @HikeOntario with the image and the hashtag #TakeAHike and you'll qualify to have your hike featured in our Newsletter.