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Trails Tourism Forum

National trails tourism developers bring their expertise to Muskoka discussing techniques to maximize your return on trail tourism products and services.

This includes a thorough review of asset integration, trail inventory, trail providers, resort products, Signature Trail Product Reviews and provincial or national branding to certify your trail product and services as “Certifiably Canadian Trails.”

All these product and services recognitions drive customers and consumers to your natural assets, improving community visibility, supporting local business, promoting entrepreneurship and maintaining your trails as long-term business providers to your community.

Important Topics

Discover best practices, innovations and ideas from across the country.

Inspiring Speakers

Gain insights from a range of influential leaders and experts.

Networking & More

Exchange ideas with fellow attendees and those shaping the future of trails in Ontario.

Conference agenda

A glimpse of what’s in store.

30min

Lobby

Coffee Served

15min

Lobby

What We Mean by Economic Development and its Applicability to Recreational Trails

45min

Coffee served

15min

Lobby

An Economic Development Pathway for Trails – Building from the National Experience Destination Canada – A study of trails best practices in trails tourism from across the country profiling: The East Cost Greenway, New Brunswick Mills, Mines and Trails, The World Class Mountain Bike Experience of Carcross Taglish, with input from Banff National Park and Parks Canada Experiences Program.

120min

The Georgian Bay Coast Trail Development Experience Lessons Learned

60min

Explorer’s Edge – Providing Regionally Based Trails and Trails Tourism Products and Services (2010-2020)

  • Profile Trail Destinations and Experiences – 30 min
  • RTO 12 Tools and Tips for Industry Development – 30 min

60min

Trails and Trail Activity - Local Product of National Importance

  • TCT Trail Completion, Hunters Bay Trail – 15 min
  • Ontario Parks– Parks Blogger and Algonquin speak to Trails – 15 min
  • Cycling and Trails Promotion – Ontario By Bike + GBCR - 30 min

45min

Coffee Served

15min

Trail Branding and Marketing

  • Representatives from Parry Sound, Algonquin Park, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville talk to their local and regional inputs to trail branding and marketing stratagies. Providing local uniqueness with 'Muskoka' impacts. - 10 minutes
  • The Signature and Trillium Recreational Trail Designations – 20 min

30min

Muskoka Trails Committee – leadership buy in

30min

Keynote Speaker TBD The revitalization and re-development of product lines takes both a strategy and fortitude. In the face of opposition and resistance sometimes community trails tourism development takes fortitude and an idea that your community can be better through supported product lines. Ms. Maitland will talk to the experience of improving small town rural trails, on and off crown and in a four season destination; through strategy and partnership development.

XXmin

30min

Lobby

Coffee Served

15min

Lobby

Business to Trail Connections

  • Resorts
  • Outfitters
  • Trip Planners

60min

Coffee Served

15min

Town, Country and Wilderness Trails Planning for trail tripping in outof the way outdoor situations. Indigenous Exploring ways to improve trip tourism and hetitage trail integrations among and between nations. Activity Declaring options for improved provincial and local club supports for 22 trail activities with a discussion about new and emerging products: tree-top trekking, winter biking, skate trails and managing volume due to popularity.

120min

Central Counties Trail Tourism Integration, A Process of Improved Service to the Trails Tourist

60min

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THE VENUE - Muskoka Discovery Centre

Explore our one-of-a-kind museum that inspires curiosity and feeds the imagination for persons from 1 to 101 as you discover our history of steamships, wooden boats, resort hotels, aboriginal and early settlers through interactive exhibits, hands on experiences and our stories of life in and on the water.

Muskoka Discovery Centre

275 Steamship Bay Rd,
Gravenhurst, ON
P1P 1Z9

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Accommodations

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Sponsors & Partners

Sponsorship Opportunities

Trailhead Ontario has great sponsorship opportunities available for companies looking to extend their brand within and beyond the trails community.

Your tax-deductible conference sponsorship is a great way to reach trail directors and decision-makers, showcase your organization, and support healthy communities.

Opportunities for sponsors include:

Conference program/ speakers

Food/beverage

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Contact us for more!

Pay by cheque to Ontario Trails Council – contact trailhead@ontariotrails.ca

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