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Be a trail professional!

The Ontario Trails Council Trail Education Program is a series of 14 modules in the development and management of trails.

The education is delivered either on-line, or in classroom. The skilll sets we train you or your staff in are delivered by professionals working on trails for parks, conservation, building contractors, or health practitioners already working in the field of recreational trails.

Why not learn from our experts? Train in the following areas of trail specific managment:

Volunteer Management View PDF Open Open Diana Smyth $130.00 + HST
Business Planning and Budgeting View PDF Open Open Patrick Connor $130.00 + HST
Regulation and Legislation View PDF Open Open Patrick Connor $130.00 + HST
Ecosystem and Natural Heritage View PDF Open Open Scott Laver $130.00 + HST
Wilderness First Aid View PDF Open Open Paul Torsitano $250.00 + HST
Food and Nutrition View PDF Open Open Renee Bernardi-Ronan $110.00 + HST
Marketing and Promotion View PDF Open Open Chris Hughes $356.00 + HST
Health and Safety View PDF Open Open Instructor Needed $130.00 + HST
Technology for Trails - Level 1 View PDF Open Open Rick Gray $130.00 + HST
Trail Design (2 days) View PDF Open Open Zane Davies $275.00 +HST
Trail Risk Management View PDF Open Open Matt Crutchett with Direct Bearing $210.00 + HST
Trail Committee Development Manual Open Open Patrick Connor $130.00 + HST
Trail Steward - On Line


Content 1-6



Algonquin College


Patrick Connor

$160.00 + HST
Trail Planning - On Line


Content 7-14



Algonquin College


Patrick Connor

$650.00 + HST

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All courses are open for hosting.

Are you a CAO? Once 10 students have expressed interest a course will be placed. If you would like to arrange a course please contact us.

Use these links for more general information on Course Content Descriptions, Course Marketing Postcard - for distribution to your membership: or becoming an OTC Trail Education Partner!


Welcome to Trail Management

The management of trails is complex and requires experts with business acumen to ensure the development and viability of a trail system as a community and tourism asset.  Students learn essentials of business planning, budgeting, marketing and promotion of trails. Mitigating risk and engaging volunteers are also explored. Students come away with the strategies and skills necessary to manage projects in the trail industry.

This course will have 4 components:

  1. Volunteer Management;

  2. Budgeting and Planning Management;

  3. Trail Management;

  4. Tourism and Trails

Download the Full Course Compendium - pdf


Volunteer Management

Lessons 1-4: Volunteer Management

The four lessons you will do in this course cover all the aspects of the volunteer cycle for effective management, as well as consider how and why trails organizations of any definition should reach out beyond their own framework and advocate for a support the wider promotion of trails – creation, use and sustainability – that would include volunteers’ involvement.

Budget and Planning Management

Lessons 5-8: Budget and Planning Management

In lessons 5-8 of this course, you cover all the aspects of developing a budget and financial documents for the fiscal cycle of an organization. As tools of effective management, the budget, cash flow, profit and loss and balance sheet tell the managers of trails organizations how they can plan for project, program or organization sustainability by having the reporting documents to showcase your financial viability.

Trail Management

Lessons 9-11:  Trail Management

The three lessons on Trail Management cover the who, what and how of managing trails, as this is a process. Also in these lessons trail risks and risk management practices are described, so that trail groups and land managers are managing risk together.

Tourism and Trails

Lessons 12-13:  Tourism and Trails

In these two lessons, you are provided with a context for tourism as part of the greater Canadian economy as well as the placement of the outdoor tourism market within the Canadian tourism economy. You also learn more about trails tourism, the way trail tourism is managed, and how different communities and user groups promote and engage with trails.