The Ontario Trails Council (OTC) – Conseil des Sentiers de l’Ontario – is a charity that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails in Ontario.
As a major stakeholder in the development of the Ontario Trails Strategy, the OTC was pleased to see 30 years of hard work represented in this first provincial policy statement for Ontario. We also acknowledge the development of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport (MTCS) as the lead Ministry for trails in Ontario.
With over 220 economic development, tourism, planning, recreation, park and club organizations, municipalities, conservation areas as members, the OTC is the largest trail association of its type in Canada. We continue to reach out to new stakeholders and create new working groups at the regional level. It supports our goal of making a difference locally, while acting provincially. Membership
- Continue to increase the number, length, variety and accessibility of trails throughout the province
- Provide government and other public bodies with an informed, credible voice in support of trail interest groups
- Promote the safe and responsible use of trails
- Act as a provincial resource centre for trail information
- Encourage the establishment of the Trillium Trail Network
The Ontario Trails Council was established in 1988. We started as a coalition of trail user groups such as hikers, cyclists, snowmobilers and equestrians who shared an interest in trails and in the conservation of abandoned rail lines for use as trails.
Membership also includes similar trail organizations and others with compatible interests and values. The OTC appreciates the volunteers who contribute their time to trails in Ontario. We encourage you to celebrate their contribution!
Hiking Whether it’s a quick walk, or a multi-day hike to really get away from it all, we’ve got your trail here. »
Camping Get away from it all and take your “home” with you. Many Ontario trails lead to great camping locations. »
Cycling – Roads & Parks We have bike routes that combine trails and roadways to take you through the province and beyond. »