To encourage walking, hiking and trail development in Ontario.
Hike Ontario is the province’s most valuable support resource for hiking and walking groups and pedestrian trail users.
Hike Ontario acts as the voice for over 9 million hikers and walkers in Ontario.
While Hike Ontario recognizes the diversity of trails and trail uses, our focus is on the representation and promotion of pedestrian based trails and their benefits, focusing specifically on;
Hike Ontario is the umbrella organization that provides these province-wide associations with resources and services to build on these long-established local and regional initiatives in a way in which complements and enhances them.
ORGANIZATIONAL RISK MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Organizational Risk Management Plan describes how Hike Ontario as an organization prepares to manage risk in its dealing with the public, clients, volunteers and staff.
To view the document, click HERE
Hike Ontario is governed by a board of directors that meets four times per year at various locations across Ontario . Our board consists of approx. 30 people. 80% of the board members are appointed to represent their member club with the remaining members being elected at our Annual General Meetings.
The executive committee of the board additionally meets once a month. The executive consists of President, Vice President, Past President, Treasurer and Secretary. Additionally, the Chairs of each standing committee hold a position on the executive committee
- Encourage walking for recreation, transportation and health
- Provide courses in introductory safe hiking and hike leadership in both wilderness and non-wilderness settings to people of all ages
- Support and facilitate trail development for walking and hiking throughout Ontario
- Enable good trail maintenance and hiking practices and the enhancement and quality of the walking experience
- Encourage and facilitate the development of trail building hiking clubs in Ontario
- Advocate for a club or clubs when requested or when an initiative is deemed necessary
- Promote education and research into the health benefits and other aspects of recreational walking
- Encourage conservation and appreciation of the natural environment
- Maintain and disseminate information on hiking and hiking trails
Adopted on September 25, 2010, COMPASS 2015 is an update of our Compass 2010 Strategic Plan. Our objective is to ensure that Hike Ontario continues to build its programs and services thereby providing our member clubs with the best support possible.
Our five strategic directions are to:
- Build a sustainable organization;
- Create value for members and non-members alike;
- Develop and deliver programs for all stakeholders;
- Promote hiking and walking and pedestrian trails;
- Develop effective organization and systems.
Click HERE for a full copy of Strategic Directions Map.
To see the full Compass 2015 report, please click HERE.