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Completing the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario London Rotary Club, June 18, 2007 Presented by: Patrick Connor CAE Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council.

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1 Completing the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario London Rotary Club, June 18, 2007 Presented by: Patrick Connor CAE Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council

2 London 18/6/07 Presentation Overview The Dream The Dream The Mandate The Mandate The Brantford Jerseyville Trail Project The Brantford Jerseyville Trail Project Relay 2000 Relay 2000 TCTO TCTO $2.4 Billion $2.4 Billion The 4000km Standard The 4000km Standard Fall 2009 Fall 2009 What Rotary Can Do What Rotary Can Do

3 London 18/6/07 The Dream Continuing National Legacy for Canadians Continuing National Legacy for Canadians Bill Pratt (OC) and Pierre Camu (OC) founding fathers Bill Pratt (OC) and Pierre Camu (OC) founding fathers TCT Foundation became official in 1994 TCT Foundation became official in 1994 Ontario routing defined as unique Ontario routing defined as unique

4 London 18/6/07 The Mandate The Trans Canada Trail is a non-profit, registered charity organization, whose primary purpose is to raise funds to build a recreational trail that will wind its way through every province and territory in Canada. The Trans Canada Trail is a non-profit, registered charity organization, whose primary purpose is to raise funds to build a recreational trail that will wind its way through every province and territory in Canada. Put your name here

5 London 18/6/07 The Foundation began working with existing provincial trail organizations in 1994, most of whom to this day are the provincial facilitators working towards completion of the Trans Canada Trail.

6 London 18/6/ Caledon Trailway Caledon Trailway Registered in 1997 Registered in 1997 First pavilion in Canada was completed here and they will celebrate the 10 th anniversary June 24, 2006 First pavilion in Canada was completed here and they will celebrate the 10 th anniversary June 24,

7 London 18/6/07 Bell Park Pathway Sudbury

8 London 18/6/07 Waterfront Trail Burlington

9 London 18/6/07 Barrie Arboretum

10 London 18/6/07 Brantford – TCT Hub Hamilton to Brantford Gordon Glaves Memorial Pathway SC Johnson Trail

11 London 18/6/07 The Brantford Jerseyville Trail Project Construction in 1996 Construction in 1996 TCTF dedicated $ TCTF dedicated $ of 3 Ontario projects in of 3 Ontario projects in 1996 To date $2.3 Million has been spent in Ontario To date $2.3 Million has been spent in Ontario $3.5 Million allocation waiting to be spent on TCT development leading to $3.5 Million allocation waiting to be spent on TCT development leading to 2010.

12 London 18/6/07 Relay 2000 Largest trail marketing effort to date Largest trail marketing effort to date Brought together ocean water from Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic by way of 5 core activities and thousands of participants Brought together ocean water from Arctic, Pacific and Atlantic by way of 5 core activities and thousands of participants By the end of the Relay 7 of 10 Canadians had heard of the TCT = By the end of the Relay 7 of 10 Canadians had heard of the TCT = Biggest hurdle, people thought trail complete, and people think of as only trail in Ontario! Biggest hurdle, people thought trail complete, and people think of as only trail in Ontario!

13 London 18/6/07 Incorporated in 1992, TCTO is committed to the goal of completing the main trunk of the TCT by Incorporated in 1992, TCTO is committed to the goal of completing the main trunk of the TCT by The main route of the TCT will serve as the spine of the Trillium Trail Network. The main route of the TCT will serve as the spine of the Trillium Trail Network. Seven Core Trail Activities Include: Walking/hikingCanoeing CyclingATV'ing Horseback Riding X-County Skiing Snowmobiling TCTO

14 London 18/6/07 52 Gaps exist along the TCT route in Ontario 52 Gaps exist along the TCT route in Ontario 1600km to be determined 1600km to be determined Many km of suitable trail ready for registration and opening Many km of suitable trail ready for registration and opening Due to Ontario’s vastness and topography likely 800km will remain as Temporary Gaps leading to Due to Ontario’s vastness and topography likely 800km will remain as Temporary Gaps leading to West of City of Peterborough – proposed TCT.

15 London 18/6/07 Continuum created to guide participants through a planning and decision making framework Stage 4 - Temporary Road Link This is not a default measure nor road shoulder designation. The TRL suggests there is not a feasible route possibility between today and 2010 and efforts will be turned towards those areas where routing possibilities are available.

16 London 18/6/07 Continuum Stage 1 Identification or development of a trail group Identification or development of a trail group While there are 52 gaps in the Trail there are also gaps in trail organization = Regional Management Councils While there are 52 gaps in the Trail there are also gaps in trail organization = Regional Management Councils Municipally aligned, volunteer based, some staffing elements: 42 need to be operationalized Municipally aligned, volunteer based, some staffing elements: 42 need to be operationalized Min. Health Promotion RMC document best practice …Stage 2 Min. Health Promotion RMC document best practice …Stage 2

17 London 18/6/07 Stage 2 – Route Selection Southern Ontario – predominantly urban/suburban local or regional municipalities and emerging RMC’s decide Southern Ontario – predominantly urban/suburban local or regional municipalities and emerging RMC’s decide Central and Rural Ontario – predominantly RMC driven with local or county participation (trail master plan dependant) Central and Rural Ontario – predominantly RMC driven with local or county participation (trail master plan dependant) Northern Ontario – crown assistance – MNR partnership et al. Northern Ontario – crown assistance – MNR partnership et al.

18 London 18/6/07 Stage 3 - Registration Once route is selected (including road shoulder alignments as trail) 4 pieces of information are critical Once route is selected (including road shoulder alignments as trail) 4 pieces of information are critical 1. Owner authorization 1. Owner authorization 2. Operator identified 2. Operator identified 3. TCT named as additionally insured under stated policy 3. TCT named as additionally insured under stated policy 4. Mapping detail of the TCT route start to end. 4. Mapping detail of the TCT route start to end. TCTO will provide $50.00 per kilometre registered of TCT to not-for-profit trail org. as an incentive TCTO will provide $50.00 per kilometre registered of TCT to not-for-profit trail org. as an incentive

19 London 18/6/07 Stage 5 – Construction Estimates Working with trail groups and past trail builders, costing estimates are drafted to assess the feasibility of the corridor becoming a multi-use / shared-use path Working with trail groups and past trail builders, costing estimates are drafted to assess the feasibility of the corridor becoming a multi-use / shared-use path TCTO economic impact study includes cost estimates for each gap area (www.tctrail.ca for a free copy) TCTO economic impact study includes cost estimates for each gap area (www.tctrail.ca for a free copy)www.tctrail.ca

20 London 18/6/07 Stage 6 – Fundraising $3.5 Million waiting to be spent prior to 2010 $3.5 Million waiting to be spent prior to 2010 TCTO committed to seed funding TCT by 10% and bridges at 10% to a maximum of $ TCTO committed to seed funding TCT by 10% and bridges at 10% to a maximum of $ A consolidated regional or provincial approach to funding requests for capital development has been successful most recently in British Columbia. A consolidated regional or provincial approach to funding requests for capital development has been successful most recently in British Columbia.

21 London 18/6/07 Stage 7 – Construction and Inspection As mandated, the TCTF has a responsibility to individual and other donors to financially assist in the completion of the TCT. As mandated, the TCTF has a responsibility to individual and other donors to financially assist in the completion of the TCT. TCTO as the agent of the Foundation in Ontario will be collecting additional information, such as GPS, pictures, information that can be shared with donors and bring increased awareness to projects. TCTO as the agent of the Foundation in Ontario will be collecting additional information, such as GPS, pictures, information that can be shared with donors and bring increased awareness to projects.

22 London 18/6/07 Construction Goals km registered/built = 2506 total km registered/built = 2506 total km registered/built = 2906 total km registered/built = 2906 total km registered/built = 3106 total km registered/built = 3106 total To km registered/built = 3260 total To km registered/built = 3260 total The remaining 800km will be Temporary Road Link The remaining 800km will be Temporary Road Link Image the $ impact of a 4060km trail! Image the $ impact of a 4060km trail!

23 London 18/6/07 Stage 8 –Operational Trail Stage 8 does not imply completion, as enhancements will provide for user needs.

24 London 18/6/07 $ annual impact Speaks to a trail that is 3060km in length including road shoulders and single use track Speaks to a trail that is 3060km in length including road shoulders and single use track Must be well signed, maintained, marketed Must be well signed, maintained, marketed Must be connected into the communities it passes through – tourism information and service providers Must be connected into the communities it passes through – tourism information and service providers Requires cross sector collaboration and networking Requires cross sector collaboration and networking

25 London 18/6/07 The 4000km Standard Impact study recognizes 10 trail types along the route of the TCT Impact study recognizes 10 trail types along the route of the TCT The Ontario TCT standard of experience will be the product of the collaborative effort by Ontarians from Ottawa to Windsor and Niagara on the Lake to Kenora. The Ontario TCT standard of experience will be the product of the collaborative effort by Ontarians from Ottawa to Windsor and Niagara on the Lake to Kenora.

26 London 18/6/07 Fall 2009 TCT Foundation will be providing trail for the Olympic Torch Relay on the TCT in time for 2010 winter Olympics TCT Foundation will be providing trail for the Olympic Torch Relay on the TCT in time for 2010 winter Olympics Requires as much drive to complete the trail with collaboration and partnerships as is possible Requires as much drive to complete the trail with collaboration and partnerships as is possible Provides incentive for corporate engagement towards community trail capital support Provides incentive for corporate engagement towards community trail capital support

27 London 18/6/07 Growing together 1 metre at a time… TCTO wishes to thank the Ontario Trails Council for their support, and the London Rotary for the opportunity to animate this workshop. TCTO wishes to thank the Ontario Trails Council for their support, and the London Rotary for the opportunity to animate this workshop. TCTO also wishes to thank you, the participants, as we continue along the path to local completion and enhancement of your Trans Canada Trail. TCTO also wishes to thank you, the participants, as we continue along the path to local completion and enhancement of your Trans Canada Trail.

28 London 18/6/07 Thank-you! Rotary has supported over 40 trail developments in Ontario to date. Rotary has supported over 40 trail developments in Ontario to date. These trails provide opportunity to families, communities and youth These trails provide opportunity to families, communities and youth The Rotary has supported volunteer organizations from coast to coast to coast The Rotary has supported volunteer organizations from coast to coast to coast The 10,000’s of volunteers would welcome your support, in Ontario and beyond! The 10,000’s of volunteers would welcome your support, in Ontario and beyond!


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