2014: An Exciting Year in Hiking
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Hike Ontario. To celebrate we are returning to where it all began for our Annual Summit. From October 31st to November 2nd we will be in Guelph as guests of the Guelph Hiking Trail Club. This is very appropriate as Hike Ontario started as the Federation of Ontario Hiking Trail Associations at Henry Graupner`s home in Guelph.
Several changes of venue later, we are Hike Ontario and comprise 30 Trail Associations and Hiking Clubs with approximately 13000 members. We also advocate and supply information to the provinces walkers and hikers. As such we had a critical role in the drafting of the 2005 Ontario Trails Strategy. Now almost 10 years later, this plan is being reviewed. This and the current political situation in Ontario provides us with a great opportunity to push the ministries involved and all Ontario political parties towards active plans and policies that support hiking, trail associations and landowners who are generous enough to allow the use of their property for people to hike without charge.
Please consider advocating on behalf of Hike Ontario and the hikers and walkers of Ontario by speaking to your member of the provincial parliament as well as any candidates from the other political parties about the need for support for sustainable volunteer managed trails.