Trails: Benefits, Design, Maintenance, Best Practices, Master Plans

This collection highlights the benefits of trails, guidelines for design and maintenance, risk management, best practices, toolkits, and several master plans from municipalities across Canada.

America's Rails-with-Trails Report: A Resource for Planners, Agencies and Advocates

This U.S. report examines the characteristics of 88 existing rails-with-trails in 33 states, based on a survey of trail managers and the...

Benefits of Trails

A short summary of the many benefits of trails to Ontario's communities: Economic, Health, Social, Heritage, and Environmental. 

By-law to Licence Horse Riding Establishments (Pickering)

This by-law regulates horse-riding and equestrian facilities and provides safety measures for users of their services.

Canadian Trails Study: A Comprehensive Analysis of Managed Trails and Trail Uses

This study provides an overview of all managed trails in Canada and an analysis of the most important development during the past decade...

Cool Trail Solutions / Trail Design and Construction / and more

This U.S. website, hosted through the National Trails Training Partnership, provides many trail resources related to construction,...

Creating a Volunteer Based Wilderness Trail: The East Coast Trail and its Potential

This 1997 paper was presented at the Canadian Parks/Recreation Association 1997 Symposium in St. John's, Newfoundland. It provides an...

Dufferin County Active Transportation and Trails Master Plan

This is a comprehensive Active Transportation and Trails Master Plan that builds upon and will support and strengthen the trails and active...

Economic Benefits of Trails

This online guide identifies numerous major studies, summarizes key findings of each and provides hyperlinks to the studies. It also...

Inclusive Trail Design

Based on the resource from the Trails of All Ontarians Collaborative, called Ontario's Best Trails, this presentation provides an overview...

Kawartha Lakes ON: Trails Master Plan

Overview of the trail system and recommendations on the development of trails in the City. The trails master plan addresses the need for a...

Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Outdoor Classroom

Ten Trans Canada Trail Lesson Plans include detailed outlines for teachers, along with handouts for students. All lessons allow Junior...

Minimizing Risk and Liability – Best Practices Guide for Trail Stewards, Operators, Managers and Owners

This guide is a best practices manual intended to give guidance and direction on minimizing risk and liability that can arise from trail...

MP: Banff Trails Master Plan

The intention of this plan is to help the Town create a more robust trails network to support recreational uses, visitor experience, and a...

MP: Canmore Trails Master Plan

The recommendations contained within this document are meant to apply to the trails and trail infrastructure that exist within the built...

MP: City of Kamloops Trails Master Plan

Summary: The City identified the need to create a Trails Master Plan to conform the future alignment of the Rivers Trail and identify...

MP: Hamilton Recreational Trails Master Plan

The goal of the City of Hamilton's Recreational Master Plan is to guide the development of a connected, comprehensive, accessible and...

MP: Municipality of North Cowichan Parks and Trails Master Plan

Summary: This plan is a system-wide strategic plan that guides the resourcing, development, management, provision and expansion of our...

MP: Parks and Recreation Master Plan - Town of Innisfil

The Master Plan identifies needs and priorities for the Town and its partners to consider to the year 2031, by which time the town's...

Multi-use Path Safety Design Guidelines at Roadway Crossings

The purpose of this report is to establish Safety Guidelines for multi-use path crossings of urban and rural roadways and a multi-year...

N.B. Department of Natural Resources Trail Management Principles

Provides background on types of trails and legislation relating to trails and describes ten principles, categorized under four Key...

Ontario's Best Trails: Guidelines and Best Practices for the Design, Construction and Maintenance of Sustainable Trails for All Ontarians

These guidelines and best practices for Ontario trail design, construction and maintenance provides a common foundation for the creation of...

Ontario’s Secret Pathways: Trails

This presentation, from the Parks and Recreation Ontario 2002 Annual Forum, provides an introduction to the major issues involved in...

Parks Tour: Sharing the Valley: Wild Trails and Trail Stewards

A beautifully illustrated presentation on the importance of wilderness areas, protection of wildlife and the Jasper Trail Stewards program...

Parks, Trails, and Health Workbook: Tool for Planners, Parks and Recreational Professionals, Health Practitioners

This workbook is intended as an outline and quick guide for incorporating public health considerations in the development of a park or...

Rails With Trails in Canada

Rails with Trails in Canada looks at examples of rails with trails in Canada and outlines some of the potential benefits of rails with...

Sample RFP: Village of Cache Creek Ten Year Parks, Recreation and Trails Master Plan

This Request for a Proposal is for a Master Plan with a ten-year horizon to guide acquisition and development of parks, facilities and...

Toronto Multi-use Trail Design Guidelines

These Guidelines will assist the City of Toronto in the development and ongoing maintenance of multi-use trails throughout the city. The...

Trail Considerations for Engaging Girls and Women

Provides design, policy, promotion and programming consierations to encourage girls and women to use trails. Also available in French

Trail Construction / Maintenance and Trail Crossings : Policies and Procedures

This procedure is intended to provide district staff consistent guidance when approached by government agencies or recognized trail groups...

Trail Etiquette and Safety (NS) / Trail Safety (ON)

These resources, from the Nova Scotia Trails Federation and Ontario Trails, cover basic rules and guidelines for safety and consideration...

Trail Planning Workbook

This Trail Planning Workbook will guide you through the initial stages of planning a new trail. The manual will help you evaluate your...

Trail User Survey Workbook: How to Conduct a Survey and Win Support for Your Trail, Sample Surveys and Methods

This manual helps the reader implement a trail user survey and determine the economic impact a trail has on local communities. It discusses...

Trail-Building Tool Kit

Provides the basics of trail building including: corridor research, railbanking, acquisition, outreach, planning and design, liability and...

Trans Canada Trail Blueway Guide

The purpose of this document is to outline the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) principles and guidelines for the development of a Blueway as part...

Trans Canada Trail: 2017 Connection Plan

This presentation looks at the 2017 Connection Plan, trail signage, the Trans Canada Trail Legacy, which focuses on the planning and...

Upgrading Trails and Campgrounds to Better Meet Needs of Residents and Visitors

Trails and campgrounds are available in most communities now. They have the potential to not only get residents active but to have a...

Whitehorse Range Point Neighbourhood Plan / Resources

The City of Whitehorse initiated a neighbourhood planning process for this area, including interviews, neighbourhood walk, and a...
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