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Trails Specialist Workshop

  • 15 May 2019
  • 8:30 AM
  • 16 May 2019
  • 4:30 PM
  • Niagara Parks Commission ~ School of Horticulture - 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6T2
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  • This price is available to current OPA Members only.
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This two day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave the course with a tool kit on how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program. This course will cover all types of trails from natural surface single track to 3 metre wide crushed aggregate. 

This course will cover:

  • Overview of Professional Trail Development
  • The Science and Art of Trail Building
  • Maintenance of Trails
  • Environmental Impacts
  • Liability Issues
  • Handwork and Trail Construction Techniques

DATE: May 15 & 16, 2019
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
Niagara Parks School of Horticulture
2565 Niagara Parkway
Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2
OUTDOOR LOCATION: Queenston High Park ( 5 minute drive from in-class location)


OPA Member: $403.80

Potential Member: $633.90

Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. 

It is recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment: 
  • pin flags
  • clinometer 
  • pulaski
  • mcleod rake
And/or any other trail building tools/equipment the organization, government agency or participant intends to use for trail design, building and maintenance. The 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 and desires of the participants.

Please note: A bagged lunch is required at this course
This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.
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