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Join Ontario Trails!

The Ontario Trails Council is a charitable organization, established in 1991, that promotes the creation, development, preservation, management, and use of recreational trails and trail based activity.

In 2016-19 the Ontario Trails Council membership got: a re-charged Ontario Trails Strategy, a revitalized organizational strategic business plan, the first ever Provincial Trails Act - a commitment to better working by government with the Ontario Trails Council, acceptance of our 9 point program by the Premier reflected in the Minister's Cabinet Letter, new Regional Trail Committees (Guelph Trail Council), federal funding for communities, supported trail projects in Ontario equaling $21M, and supported various initiatives to complete the Waterfront, Bruce, Georgian Bay, Kinghorn and other trails in Ontario.

Who we are: with over 200 members, Ontario Trails is the largest recreational trail network in Canada MEMBERS

What People are saying: People say great things about us and the difference we make to the recreational trail community. TESTIMONIALS


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Member Benefits


  • OTC Trails and Event page representation
  • Representation on OTC trails maps
  • Social Media represents you to 60,000+ people
  • Fund Development through grant writing, grant support, fund seeking or donation managment
  • OTC Policy Statements guide decision makers
  • Strategic Planning for Members
  • Survey's and Data Exchange, Trail Counts
  • Education Posters and Program


  • Connectivity to the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
  • Leadership at the Ontario Trails Coordinating Committee
  • Office services and networking support
  • Advocacy benefits - provincially and nationally
  • Infrastructure funds flow to members first
  • Directorships, Awards and Business Impactors


  • Partnership Support and Knowledge exchange
  • Access to Professional Development sessions, i.e. Trails Tourism Practices, Trails Tort Reform, Trail Design Build Workshops
  • Regional Trail Management Committee Development
  • Discounts on Trailhead Events


  • Access to Trail Insurance Broker
  • Option on registration in Trillium Trail Network
  • Local, regional or provincial User conflict resolution
  • Trail Auditing, assessment, signage and inclusion
  • Trail Training, College Level Education Certificates


Annual Membership Fee*








Friend of Trails




Small Organizations




Medium Organizations

Trail Development or

Managment Organziation










Large Organizations




Organizations: Your community determines your fee.

Small Medium Large TDMO 
$1-19,999 annual
$20,000 - $499,999
KM of Trail
1-50 km
51-199 km
200 km or more
Number of Persons Served
1-50 persons
51-4999 persons
5000 or more
3 Counties
Trail Trips Tracked (Actual) or Member Applicant Estimated, annual permits, parking, day passes or access fees collected, whatever is the greatest number by type
1-49 per month
50-99 month
100 month or more
Government governed or enacted, incl. non-profits and charities - municipality, parks, conservation, crown forests, committees or agencies of municipalities, regional groups.
1-1999 residents
2,000 - 99,999 residents
100,000 or more
Non-governmental - clubs, stewardship, activities.
1-50 members
Subsidized - 50% first year or other as supported by Membership Committee, ratified by Executive or Board requested TBD TBD TBD  
TDMO Criteria Regional Trail Development or Management Organizations (TDMO's) involved in 3 or more counties - could include Regional Tourism Organizations or trail management groups such as the EOTA.      


Trail Management or Development Organizations

*OTC defaults to the placement of your largest criteria category.        

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