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    Kolapore Wilderness Trails - Public meeting this Saturday

    Don't know if this has already been posted here, and if not apologies for the late notice (and hopefully you aware of this from other modalities), but this Saturday 23 March there will be a public meeting to discuss visions for the future of the Kolapore Wilderness Trails. We will have trail users, bike and ski shop owners, board members, reps of the County and MNR, IMBA and lots of other interested parties. Plenty of space still left if you would like to take part. We will be done by 12.30pm so you have the afternoon to go skiing if you want! Lots of snow right now...

    Details here:
    Kolapore Wilderness Trails Public Meeting

    Also on Facebook here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/130351590472662/

    Ask any questions there and I will do my best to answer them.

    The blurb:
    Kolapore's 50km of trails are one of the jewels in the crown of Ontario's backcountry recreation and will be celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. Please join us for a public meeting, open to anyone with an interest or stake in the future of the trails, which will help create a long-term vision for the wilderness trails at Kolapore.

    Originally cut in the 1970s as cross-country ski trails, the trails were originally managed by a committee loosely affiliated with the University of Toronto Outing Club. In 2011 the committee members transferred responsibility to a new non-profit organization, the Kolapore Wilderness Trails Association (KWTA).

    The new organization is now preparing to map out a vision for the future of the Kolapore Trails and the Trails Association, to both meet new challenges and take advantage of new opportunities. We believe we have now reached a turning point in the future of the Kolapore trails, and in order to create this vision, we need your input. Whether you use the trails as a skier, mountainbiker, hiker or in some other way - you have a stake in the future of the trails and we want to hear from you.

    What’s your vision for the trails and the Association, and how can we help make it happen?

    The event will be professionally facilitated and refreshments will be provided. This is an open meeting, and we expect trail users with a variety of perspectives. KWTA members are particularly invited, but if you know anyone who is interested in the Kolapore Trails, invite them to attend as well.
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    Did anyone go to this?? If so, are things changing for biking there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by binrat View Post
    Did anyone go to this?? If so, are things changing for biking there?
    We had more than 50 people turn up, including plenty of mountain bikers, most notably Igor Hoogendorn from IMBA who had lots of good stuff to say. This was an ideas sessions, so we're taking all the input away and trying to turn it into a strategy.

    A few things that I can report

    -- We will probably be transitioning to year-round management of the trail system, which will allow us to be more proactive about mountain biking

    -- Kolapore will probably be getting a Stewardship body, which is very good news

    -- The trails organisation will probably be affiliating with IMBA

    -- There is increasing pressure to form a Georgian Triangle Mountain Bike Association which would take in 3-Stage, Kolapore, Loree and a few other places

    -- There is some talk of developing a trail system at Wodehouse Karst (and possibly on part of the old Talisman property).

    The best place to keep up with events is the KWTA facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/kolaporetrails

    We have an AGM in June at which we hope to announce a strategic plan based on the ideas that came up at this meeting.

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    glad the meeting went well. talisman, now that's a blast from the past. the beaver valley area has great potential, used to ride around there when i just started mtbing.
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    I've been biking there for about 15 years now, 3-4 times a week once its dry.

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