Ontario's Trails are made up of over 430 communities, 500,000 volunteer users, 22 activities using over 80,000 kilometers of trails.
This is not one system, managed by any one group, activity or government. In most cases trails occur in an area of land led by a group of volunteers who have secured permission to hike bike or ride on the land. These permissions are not permenant and often last for just one season or for a few activities only.
The land managers are National, Provincial and Public Parks, Crown Land, Private Landowners, Conservation Trusts, Authorities, Areas; Federal Waterways or First Nation Territories.
They way trails operate in Ontario is through a constant process of networking between lands, users, funders, activity seekers, and volunteer leadership. Today this also involves social media, mapping and promotion communication to faciltiate a conectivity across the network.
In Ontario the network is led by the Ontario Government and its call for a world class system of trails in the provincial trails strategy and its lead partner publically in this call to action, the Ontario Trails Council
This page highlights some of the key networking partners from this process.