The provincial government has recently put together an initiative to promote outdoor activities among our youth in Ontario.
Finally! In my opinion the current generation of kids are missing out on the richly diverse experience that is our outdoor environment.
In support of this, they have developed a website outlining a vast array of activities children can take part in. This is a good first step, and here is hoping they are able to implement activities, outreach programs and connect with other existing programs to actually get kids outside.
oh BTW, kudos to the website for including “Harvest something to eat”. As a forager, I am happy to see this way of life promoted.
Cheers from the Wild
Do you enjoy a little jaunt in the woods from time to time? Perhaps your a seasoned trekker who has spent half their life pounding trails. Well if your either of these or at any point in between, and you live in Ontario, I have the perfect website for you:
Just like it sounds, Hike Ontario is a website dedicated to hiking in Ontario. I am not going to “re-invent the wheel” by summarizing what they are about. Instead I have just included a quote below from their mandate section:
” Hike Ontario is the sole provider of province-wide hiking information and services. Hike Ontario is also unique amongst Canada ‘s provinces and territories in many of the services it provides to this province’s hiking associations and citizens. Eighty-five percent of Canadians walk for leisure and recreation. Thus, Hike Ontario acts as the voice for over 9 million hikers and walkers in Ontario.
Hike Ontario recognizes and supports trails throughout Ontario and appreciates that every trail is unique. Every trail can’t be all things to all people but all trails can play beneficial roles. Trails play roles in the economy, play roles in the environment and perhaps most importantly, play roles in our health.
While Hike Ontario recognizes the diversity of trails and trail uses, our focus is on the representation and promotion of pedestrian based trails and their benefits, focusing specifically on;
Connectivity, Economics, Education, Environmental, Health, Heritage, Recreation Transportation
Hike Ontario does not make or maintain trails, nor does it offer organized hiking/walking events, except through its member associations. Hike Ontario is the umbrella organization that provides these province-wide associations with resources and services to build on these long-established local and regional initiatives in a way in which complements and enhances them.”
- great resource for finding tails throughout ontario
- provides links to trail associations
- provides links to equipment suppliers
- Promotes getting active in the outdoors, specifically in Ontario.