In the spring of 2006 Hike Ontario received a grant from the Trails for Life funding program to develop a 'Manual of Best Practices to Increase Trail Use by Hikers and Walkers in Ontario.' Hike Ontario then engaged in researching and collecting data for increasing the use of trails by walkers and hikers in Ontario and its Greenbelt, with Canada's largest network of trails.
Hike Ontario is happy to announce that the Best Practices Manual is now ready for distribution and available for download from their homepage . Many organizations have expressed interest in creating pedestrian footpaths and organizing hiking and walking activities to pique people's desire for healthy, inexpensive, and accessible activities on them.
It is expected that this Guide will be useful to a wide audience: - Hiking and Walking organizations - Parks and Recreation staff - Conservation Area & Parks staff - Municipalities - A broad range of Special Interest groups (Health Units, Resorts, private landowners) - Trail Builders, and more
The manual focuses on five major strategies, and their component steps, that have proven successful, to help groups put the necessary structures in place for planning and managing pedestrian trails and activities to increase the number of Ontarians who participate in walking and hiking for exercise, health, entertainment, or active transportation.
If you would like to receive a hard copy of the Best Practices Manual, please contact Hike Ontario firstname.lastname@example.org . A nominal fee to cover mailing costs may be required.