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2017 Trail-wide Partners Meeting


2017 partner mtg shot of room reducedThe Waterfront Regeneration Trust hosted a Trail-wide Waterfront Trail Partners meeting on April 10, 2017. Over 80 partners attended representing all regions of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. The partners meeting was an opportunity to:

  • Celebrate the latest expansions into Lambton County and Northern Ontario along the Lake Huron North Channel;
  • Learn about the new programs such as Trail to GO and our improved interactive mapping; 
  • Learn about projects from other partners around the Trail and Ministry of Transportation;
  • Hear from the Trail's Municipal leaders on priorities and opportunities for the Trail; and
  • Network with other Waterfront Trail Partners and share ideas and best practices

Thank you to all our Partners who were able to attend. 

The webpage below provides information that was presentated at the meeting. Please feel free to download and share the presentations, as well as other resources presented here.



The presentations from the day are available for download here. 


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Michael Goodyear,
The Great Trail Update

Stunning photos of Canada's National Trail spanning 24,000 km, linking 3 oceans and over 15,000 communities. Updates included: the Federal Government's $30M funding commitment to support the initiative over the next 5 years.
Due to the filesize we are unable to make the presentation available on-line.

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Al MacPherson
Trans Canada Trail Ontario

Trans Canada Trail Ontario Partnership and "The Great Trail" Wayfinding Program and Recent Trail Development Activities.


Marlaine Koehler, Waterfront Regeneration Trust

State of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail--2017

Expansions-completed and underway, Revised State of the Trail Statistics, Improved Wayfinding, Improved Interactive Map, Trail to GO, Great Waterfront Trail Adventure 2016 Results and 2017 Plans, New partnerships and Priorities.
See the presentation

Lightning Round Presentations of Trail Extensions and Improvements

Jane Mustac, Essex County 

County Wide Active Transportation System is a long-term strategy to build a connected network of pedestrian and cycle friendly routes to promote health and tourism throughout the County. Supported by 7 local municipalities and other key partners, close to 300 km of the network (37%) is in place. In 2017, thirty-nine kilometres will be added. <>The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is foundational part of the CWATS.
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Ryan Vandenburg, MTO Eastern Regional Office

The St. Lawrence River Waterfront Trail has received major improvements in recent years including the construction a cycle path on the HWY 137 overpass. Plans for 2017 will address a long-standing safety concern by extending the Trail from its current termination about 600 m east of Gananoque to King Street/CR2. The project will get trail users off the Thousand Island Parkway and away from the 401 ramps. Thank local cycling champions Al Medcalf and Paul Scott who worked with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission and WRT to propose the improvement to MTO.
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Steve Turco, Sault Ste. Marie

The Hub Trail is a 23.5 km multi-use trail that connects people to neighbourhoods, downtown, key destinations and the St. Mary's River waterfront. Originally conceived as a snowmobile route, today it is part of an intergrated mobility network where all parts of the City are linked through an interconnected system of walking, cycling and transit. The waterfront stretch of the Hub Trail is designated as part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and Trans Canada Trail. 
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Nancy Gaffney, Toronto Region and Conservation Authority

Scarborough Waterfront Project will create a system of greenspaces along 11 km of Lake Ontario shoreline which respect and protect the significant natural and cultural features of the Bluffs, enhance terrestrial and aquatic habitats and provide a safe and enjoyable waterfront experience. The initative will connect to the 3.8 km Port Union Waterfront Trail, which the TRCA opened in 2012.
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Chris Mark, Town of Oakville

The Oakville Harbour West Shore Plan is entering into its 3rd (of five) year implementation phase. The plan involves shoreline remediation and introduces major improvements to the Trail. One example is the creation of an observation platform on Tannery Hill that provides stunning views of the Harbour and Lake. The next phase of work includes shoreline rehabiltation, cobble beach areas, improvements to the Trail and landscaping from west pier to Waterworks Park (500m). Edgemere, Birch Hill, Shoreline and Water's Edge Waterfront Trail projects are examples of Oakville's planning policy working to achieve a water's edge Trail as properties are developed. The Town's commitment to the policy is delivering legacy Trail.
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Joanne Wolnik, Ontario's Southwest Tourism Corporation

Waterfront Trail and Tourism Marketing: Ontairo's Southwest is building the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail's brand and leveraging it to attract the lucrative cycle tourism market to the region. Businesses are creating fun ways to serve cyclists. One example is Burning Kiln Winery who offers a water refill station using a wine barrel. The organization is working with Adventure Cyclists to conduct valuable market research on US cycle tourists' desires, motivators and travel habits as a way to guide decisions on future product development.

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