Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club hopes public support will grow to match rising trail usage – CBC Thunder Bay

A non-profit organization that looks after a well-used trail system in Thunder Bay, Ont. says it is facing an unusual challenge this season.

The Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club says it’s noticed a big increase in trail usage this year, as more people embrace the outdoors in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Top Reasons Why You Should Attend Trailhead Canada – Please share!

HI – I am writing you as Co-Chair of the Trailhead Canada Trails Event taking place in Ottawa November 21-23, 2017.

If you are a trail user, manager, marketer or builder, I want to encourage you to attend this national trail event.

Here’s how I think you’ll benefit by joining us:

1) Attendees will be part of the first national gathering of trail leaders since 2010
2) Parks Canada Trails Training is open to delegates
3) Participants will be shaping a national trails policy
4) You can join in with Federal Government leaders who will be meeting with Provincial Government leaders
5) Registrants can be part of the national trails showcase November 21-23
6) As an Activity leader you can join other Activity leaders, hiking, snowmobiling, cycling, mountain biking canoe and kayak, climbing, cross country and equestrian.
7) Attendees can learn from experts in various ares of trail development, management and operation.
8) As a Trailhead Canada’er you can lead the nation with your work group
9) Networkers are present to build your national connectivity and connections.
10) Enablers are on site to assist with your local, design, build management, attraction, conflict or advocacy.

National events like this only happen once every 20 years.

Make this your time to have a say in Canadian trails.

Early Bird Discounts end August 15th, 2017 –

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Share the logo on your website – show your support for Canadian Trails!

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Patrick Connor C.A.E. S.S.A. 
President, Canadian Trails Federation

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Canadian Trails Federation adds Trailhead Canada Event!

The Canadian Trails Federation is pleased to add the Trailhead Canada Event – November 21-23, Gatineau-Ottawa National Trails Event to its event page.

“This single national trails event represents the best opportunity for recreational trail operators and managers to celebrate our success and showcase our work to Canada and the world”, says CTF President, Patrick Connor.

“Grâce au soutien généreux de nos membres et à notre partenariat avec Parcs Canada, nous discutons du développement d’une stratégie nationale de suivi des pistes pour tous les 360 000 km de chemins au Canada,” a déclaré Connor.

If you are a trails stakeholder you’ll want to join us in Ottawa in November!

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Emily Batty secures 2017 Canadian national XC mountain bike title

From Canadian Cycling Magazine –

Emily Batty (Trek Factory) defended the Canadian women’s elite national title at the 2017 cross-country mountain bike championships in Canmore, Alberta on Saturday, July 23. It’s Batty’s third career elite women’s title. Catharine Pendrel (Clif Bar Team) of Kamloops, B.C. was second with Haley Smith (Norco Factory Racing) of Uxbridge, Ont. rounding out the podium.

The 29-year-old from Brooklin, Ont. was locked in a neck-to-neck battle with Olympic bronze medalist Pendrel on the four kilometre circuit for most of the race. As expected, Canada’s top two riders battled for victory riding together until the final lap when Batty used a climb to put distance into Pendrel who was unable to follow the attack. While the two battled out front, Smith chased solo in third a position she would hold to the line.


William reveals George has been “bombing about on a bike” as Kate declares her love for little girl’s boots

Full article at the Daily Mirror OnLine Photo credit to Press Association Images

Prince William and Kate Middleton have revealed little George has been having a fantastic time since they arrived in Canada for their eight-day tour.

The Duke and Duchess visited Montana Mountain where they admired the breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks from midway up the 7,234ft mountain, which was part of land returned to the 450-strong Carcross Tagish band in 2006 under a treaty with the Yukon government.

Gwen Wally, 48, from the Carcross Tagish First Nation said her husband Robert was among locals who came up with the idea of promoting the area as a place for mountain biking and hiking along trails used by their ancestors for thousands of years.

The Single Track to Success scheme, set up 10 years ago, has created jobs for First Nations young people and turned the area into a Mecca for cyclists and hikers.



Film tells story of Aboriginal youth who helped build Yukon bike trails

Kelly Milner’s ‘Shift’ tells story of aboriginal youth who built Carcross’s renowned biking trails

By Paul Tukker, CBC News Posted: Sep 25, 2016 8:00 AM CT Last Updated: Sep 25, 2016 9:20 AM CT

'Everytime people watch this film, they say, 'It’s just so beautifully shot,'' Milner said, giving credit to director of photography Dave Hamelin.

‘Everytime people watch this film, they say, ‘It’s just so beautifully shot,” Milner said, giving credit to director of photography Dave Hamelin. (Shot in the Dark) Related Stories

Yukoner Kelly Milner is still gobsmacked by the news this week — her short documentary film, the first she’s ever made, will be screened at a high-profile festival this fall and may end up touring the world.

“I’m still not sure that I’ve come down from it, in terms of realizing what we’ve been able to achieve with the film, and the story,” she said.

“It kind of seems like a dream.”

The film, Shift, tells the story of a group of Aboriginal youth in Carcross, Yukon, who spent years helping build what have become world-renowned mountain biking trails. So renowned, in fact, that they’ll be visited next week by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

 ‘It kind of seems like a dream,’ says Kelly Milner, a Yukon filmmaker, whose first film is heading to the Banff Mountain Film Festival next month. (Archbould Photography/Shot in the Dark)