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Trails Specialist Workshop

The two day trails specialist workshop has been designed by professionals for all levels of trail builders and enthusiasts. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect and document potential risk resulting from poor trail, design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and a focus on hands-on experience. Participants will come away with a valuable Trails Workbook as well as completing a written test on key elements of the course.

This course will cover:

  • Overview of Professional Trail Building
  • The Art of Trail Design and Construction
  • Maintenance of Trails
  • Handwork and Trail
  • Construction Techniques
Participants are required to have a hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe footwear (CSA rating preferred), and gloves. 

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The ideal location should be comprised of both an indoor facility and outdoor environment with a variety of existing trails. The goal of the facility is to provide the best possible representative sample of the actual trail terrain to be expected by participants taking the course. This will allow the course to be tailored to your specific region which will have its own unique set of strengths, weakness and opportunities. The classroom should be able to accommodate approximately 15 people in size (group dependent), have a projector available, and a means of writing via white board, flip chart and/or chalk board. The outdoor environment ideally should have an existing trail of both natural and soft surface (crushed aggregate). The overall topography of the property should be of mixed terrain ideally with flood plains, rolling hills, mixed bush and meadow areas. 

Recommended equipment for participants to use include: pin flags, clinometers, pulaskis, mcloed rakes and/or any other trail building tools/equipment the organization, government agency or participant intends to use for trail design, building and maintenance. This idea behind having your own tools/equipment onsite is to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants/desires of the participants.

Instructed By:


Zane Davies
For more information, please send an email, referencing the course title, to training@ontarioparksassociation.ca
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