Trail Ethics

 


 

 

Trail Ethics can vary depending on specific trails, organizations or activities, therefore this section is dedicated to communicating the different codes of ethics concerning trail use. Please combine what you will learn in this section with common sense and respect for the environment, and other trail users.

This page lists most Ontario-based Codes. Click HERE for non-Ontarian Codes.

Ontario-based Codes

Bluewater Trails

Bruce Trail Association

The Caledon Trailway

The Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail

The Cataraqui Trail

Central Ontario Loop Trail

City of Brampton Parks and Recreation

The City of Cambridge

City of Hamilton

 

  Credit Valley Conservation

 

Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance

 

The Fort Erie Friendship Trail

 

Friends of the Second Marsh

Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association

 

Go For Green

 

Grand Valley Trails Association

Haliburton Highland Trails and Haliburton Highlands Stewardship Council

 

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Hastings Heritage Trail Association

Hearts Alive Peterborough

Hike Ontario

 

Huronia Trails and Greenways

 

Millbrook Valley Trails

 

McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve

Minimum Impact Code for Travel

Ministry of Natural Resources

Mountain Biking Off Road Rules for the Trail

Muskoka Trail Seekers

 

Northern Lights, the Ontario Federation of 4WD Recreationists

Oak Ridges Trail Association

 

Ontario Equestrian Federation

 

Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs

 

Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

Ontario Federation of Trail Riders

Ontario Mountain Biking Committee

Ontario Trail Riders Association

 

Ontario Trails Council

Outback ATV Club

Park to Park Trail Association

 

The Prescott-Russell Recreation Trail

Rainbow Country Travel Association

 

The Rotary Greenway: Scenic River Road

Shoreline Discovery Trail

Street to Trail Association

 

A Stroll in the Park Walking and Adventure Club

 

Thames Valley Trail Association

The Trail Users Code

Trent University Nature Areas

The Victoria County Recreation Corridor

 

The Voyageur Trail Association

 

Waterfront Regeneration Trust

 

Welland Canals Parkways

Woolwich Township

 


 

 

Bluewater Trails

 

General Rules for all Trail Users

        Obey all posted "trail use" rules.

        No motorized vehicles.

        Do not litter.

        Show courtesy to other trail users at all times.

        Always stay to the right side of the trail.

        Give an audible warning and use caution when overtaking other trail users.

        Move off the trail surface when stopped, to allow others to pass.

        Use caution approaching driveways.

        Keep pets on a short leash.

        Clean up after pets - stoop and scoop!

        Wear proper safety equipment.

        Respect public and private property.

 

Cyclists and Skaters “Wheels Yield to Heels”

        Yield to other trail users at all times.

        Wear an MTO approved helmet and appropriate safety gear.

        Stay to the right except when passing.

        Slow down and use caution when approaching or overtaking another trail user.

        Announce your presence with a bell or quiet greeting and pass slowly.

        Never use the trails to race.

        Travel slowly and always stay under control.

        Avoid harsh skids and any braking action that will destroy the trail surface.

        Stay in single file in congested areas

 

Trail Safety Tips

        Never attempt to walk, bike, run or skate the trail alone. There is safety in numbers!

        Whether biking or skating, be sure to wear the proper safety equipment. Helmets are a proven life saver!

        Watch for vehicles entering or leaving driveways or park entrances.

        Use the trail between dawn and dusk only.

        Always be in control of your speed and avoid conflicts with other trail users.

        Walk single file on the right when being passed.

        Be aware of your impact on other trail users.

        If you stop, get off the trail.

        Be aware of and follow all trail signs.

 

Source: http://www.bluewatertrails.com/use.htm (accessed April 19, 2006)

 

 

Bruce Trail Association

 

Bruce Trail User’s Code

 

        Hike only along marked routes, especially on farmland.

        Do not take short cuts. Do not climb fences – use the stiles.

        Respect the privacy of people living along the Trail.

        Leave the Trail cleaner than you found it. Carry out all litter.

        No open fires are allowed on the Trail. Use a portable stove.

        Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy. Do not damage live trees or strip off bark.

        Keep dogs on a leash, especially on or near farmland.

        Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

        Leave only your thanks, and take nothing but photographs.

 

Source: http://www.brucetrail.org/explorethetrail.asp?id={233D4F6B-545E-48B4-9C6B-3880A3592847} (accessed on November 15th, 2007)

 

 

The Caledon Trailway

 

Trail Use

 

        No motorized vehicles are allowed on the Trailway.

        No hunting is allowed.

        Trail etiquette is encouraged at all times.

        Dogs must be kept on a leash.

        Cyclists and horse riders should be aware of other Trail users, and should pass with care and caution.

        Respect the privacy of people living along the Trail.

        Off-trail travel is not permitted unless recognized by the proper signage.

        Do not litter, and leave the Trail cleaner than when you found it.

 

Source: http://www.caledon.library.on.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=110 (Accessed November 15th, 2007)

 

 

The Cambridge to Paris Rail Trail

 

Trail Rules

 

        Walk, hike, jog, bicycle, wheelchair, snowshoe and cross-country ski.

        Stay on the trail and off adjacent private property.

        Park vehicles in the parking areas provided.

        Keep your dog on a leash and please, stoop and scoop.

        Do not camp along the trail.

        Do not Trespass on adjacent lands.

        Do not hunt along the trail.

        Do not use motorized vehicles or horses on the trail.

 

Source: http://www.trainweb.org/elso/lentrail.htm (accessed May 9, 2006)

 

 

The Cataraqui Trail

 

Guidelines for Cataraqui Trail Use

 

        respect the privacy of people living along the trail

        hunting is prohibited

        motorized vehicles other than snowmobiles are prohibited

        don't litter

        take nothing but photographs

        leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy

        protect and do not disturb wildlife

        keep dogs on a leash at all times

        clean up after pets and horses

        respect and obey signs

        because many people use the Trail - people on foot and people on wheels - it's important to alert slower-moving users to your presence, and to slow down and proceed with caution as you pass them (usually on the left)

        cross-country skiers should yield the track while snowmobilers pass at low speed

 

Source: http://www.rideau-info.com/cattrail/guidelines.html (accessed May 09, 2006)

 

 

Central Ontario Loop Trail

 

Trail Etiquette

 

        Respect for the Environment

o       Stay on the trail – help protect our natural environment by not damaging any trees, shrubs, plants or flowers.

o       Appreciate wildlife – from a distance.

o       Do you part to keep the trail clean – carry out all your litter.

        Respect for Others

o       When passing near homes, respect resident’s privacy.

o       Enjoy the trail with your dog on a leash.

o       Cyclists yield to walkers/hikers and ride in control.

o       When overtaking other trail users, make your presence known and pass with care on the left.

o       Pass horseback riders with caution, making no sudden or loud movements as horses startle easily. A red ribbon tied to the horse’s tail means that the horse is known to be cranky and will kick.

 

Source: http://www.looptrail.com/ (accessed April 18, 2006)

 

 

City of Brampton Parks and Recreation

 

Trails & Pathways Code of Conduct

 

        The code of conduct is endorsed by Brampton City Council

        The trail will be used by pedestrians, wheelchairs, cyclists and roller bladers. Cyclists and wheelchairs MUST give pedestrians the right-of-way and access on the trail.

        Always signal before turning and stopping. Provide early warning when overtaking pedestrians (horn, bell, voice command, etc)

        Obey all trail signage, traffic signs and signals

        When crossing major roadways, pedestrians, wheelchairs and cyclists are to cross at the nearest intersection.

        All cyclists to stop, dismount and walk your bicycle across all roads. Wait for a clear, safe break in traffic before proceeding.

        When riding during evening hours, bicycles are to be equipped with a white front light, a rear red light and reflective tape as required by law. Wheelchairs should be equipped with lights or reflective tape.

        Always wear an approved bicycle helmet.

        Always travel on the right side of the trail and in single file.

        Never ride two to a bicycle.

        Make sure your bicycle or wheelchair is in good working order.

        Always lock your bicycle.

        All pets are to be on a leash or chain.

        Stoop and scoop.

        Be courteous at all times.

Source: Source: http://www.city.brampton.on.ca/parks-rec/trails.tml (Accessed November 15, 2007)

 

The City of Cambridge

 

Rules of the Trail

        Motorized vehicles are not permitted (except for motorized wheelchairs)

        Dogs must be kept on a leash. Clean up after your dog by obeying the “Poop & Scoop” by-laws.

        Keep trails clean and tidy by not littering, picking up litter of less considerate users, and leaving litter in waste receptacles or taking litter home to dispose of.

        Respect the rights of people living near the trail to privacy and enjoyment of their private property. Be an informed trail user on property matters. Only use public trails and know what is private. Do not trespass by staying on the trail.

        Be courteous. Many trails are multi-use, accommodating cycling and hiking enthusiasts of varying ages and abilities. Share them with others. Cyclists ring bell to warn hikers of your approach.

        “Safety first” – use caution when conditions are slippery or rough, or when trails are narrow. Use common sense and keep away from the water’s edge, high embankments or potentially dangerous situations and avoid excess speed on bikes. Obey posted signs.

        Help keep our trails safe and beautiful – be our eyes and ears... if you notice a trail hazard or an area requiring maintenance; or if you see unauthorized or inappropriate use or activity... let us know by calling 519.740.4681, ext. 4229.

Source: http://www.city.cambridge.on.ca/subsection.php?ssid=180&visit=1 (accessed April 25, 2006)

 

 

City of Hamilton

 

Trail Etiquette

 

        Pedestrians always have the right-of-way on the trails.

        Cyclists and in-line skaters must yield to pedestrians and please give audible warning when passing.

        Please do not litter.

        Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. Clean-up after your pets.

        Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

        Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy. Please be aware that non-paved areas of the trails are vulnerable to damage from footwear and wheels, especially after a rain.

 

Source: http://www.myhamilton.ca/myhamilton/CityandGovernment/CityDepartments/PublicWorks/Parks/PublicTrails/trailetiquette.htm (accessed April 20, 2006)

 

 

Credit Valley Conservation

 

Trail Etiquette

 

        Give the right-of-way to smaller and slower users.

        Stay right when approaching oncoming users.

        Stay on the trail surface.

        Keep pets on a leash and clean up after them.

        Obey signs.

        Do not climb fences or take shortcuts.

        Respect the privacy of landowners bordering the trails.

        Leave wildlife and plants for others to enjoy.

        Be aware of and adhere to only permitted uses along the trail.

 

Source: http://www.creditvalleycons.com/recandleisure/trails.htm (accessed April 18, 2006) and personal communications with Tim Wood, Conservation Land Management Coordinator, Credit Valley Conservation

 

 

Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance

 

Rules and Regulations

 

        Please stay on the main trails! Some areas have rare sensitive plants and small animals that can be easily damaged or destroyed. Don’t make new trails or use unmarked (unsigned) trails.

        Some areas may require user fees. Please prepare to pay a fee.

        Please respect neighboring landowners by staying off private trails and property, and avoid excess noise.

        Please leave the trail as you found it, whatever you pack in, pack out.

        Please leave the wildflowers and wildlife for others to enjoy.

        Keep dogs on a leash at all times while on the trail.

        ALL USERS to slow to a walking speed when meeting up with other USERS and be prepared to stop.

        Respect and be courteous to other users who are also using shared use trails. Always yield right of way to other trail users who are approaching or passing. Be certain to communicate in advance with riders of Horses, Dog Teams and those walking pets.

        Use bridges for water crossings

        Please slow down when your vision of the trail is restricted.

        Avoid sudden stops and starts and quick directional changes with acceleration.

 

Source: http://www.thetrail.ca/info/rules_regs.htm (accessed April 18, 2006)

 

 

The Fort Erie Friendship Trail

 

Rules of the Trail

 

        Obey all trail signs.

        Stay on trail surface.

        Pass on the left.

        Give way to slow moving trail users

        Use a horn, bell, or voice when signaling to others.

        Be courteous.

        Respect those living along the trail. Stay off private property.

        Keep two abreast when walking.

        Do not litter - keep the trail cleaner than you found it.

        Take nothing but photographs.

        Protect, do not disturb the wildlife.

        Be cautious at night - do not travel alone.

 

Source: http://www.friendshiptrail.forterie.ca/etiquette.html (accessed April 25, 2006)

 

 

Friends of the Second Marsh

 

Code of Conduct

        No motorized vehicles (including snowmobiles, motor bikes, or ATV's)

        Please do not litter; use the containers.

        No fires or camping allowed here. Camping is available in Darlington Provincial Park.

        No excessive noise.

        No firearms.

        Vandalism will not be tolerated.

        Dogs are allowed on the main paved trail (the Ed Kroll Memorial Walkway) only if on a leash. There are no dogs allowed on the Bob Mills Boardwalk Trail, or in the McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve.

        No fishing or boating allowed in Second Marsh.

 

Source: http://secondmarsh.science.uoit.ca/Recreation_Conduct.html (accessed April 29. 2006)

 

 

Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association

 

Hiker’s Code

 

        Stay on the trail

        Use stiles when crossing fences

        Respect all animals, plants and trees. Never strip bark from trees.

        Carry out your litter. Leave nothing behind but your footprints. Take nothing with you but the photographs and memories and leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy.

        No fires or camping are allowed on the Ganaraska Trail, except in the Wilderness section where indicated in the guidebook.

        No dogs are allowed on GROUP hikes. If you are hiking alone with your dog, keep it leashed near homes, barns and farm animals, as well as where required by law (i.e. Provincial or municipal parks, cities and towns..

        At all times, behave as guests of the landowners who have granted you the privilege of hiking on his/her land, and of the earth that has provided you with the opportunity to enjoy her beauty.

        Always remember, a trail is a privilege, not a right.

 

Source: Personal Communication with Peter Verbeek

 

 

Go For Green

 

Leave No Trace

 

        Plan ahead and prepare

        Leave what you find

        Camp and travel on durable surfaces

        Properly dispose of waste

        Minimize campfire impacts

        Be considerate of other visitors

        Respect wildlife

 

THIS CODE IS THE “LEAVE NO TRACE” CODE

 

Source: Personal Communication with Bjorn Nielsen, Chair of Go For Green

 

 

Grand Valley Trails Association

 

The Trail User's Code

        As much of the trail is over private land, it is of the utmost importance that
the Trail User's Code be followed. Respect the privacy and rights of
landowners.

        Hike only along marked routes.

        Do not climb fences -- use the stiles.

        Leave the trail cleaner than you found it, carry out all litter.

        Cooking fires at official campsites only. Drench fires after use. (Better still, carry a lightweight camping stove.)

        Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy.

        Do not damage live trees or strip off bark.

        Keep dogs leashed on or near farmland.

        Walk around the edge of fields -- not across them.

        Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

        Leave only your thanks -- take nothing but photographs.

        No motorized vehicles.

        Use at your own risk.

 

Source: Personal Communications with Ruth Oswald, Secretary, Grand Valley Trails Association

 

 

Haliburton Highland Trails and Haliburton Highlands Stewardship Council

 

Trail Use and Safety Guidelines

 

        Expect and respect other trail users

        Stay on the marked trail - this trail could not exist without the generosity of private landowners, please respect their privacy

        Help keep our trail beautiful - carry out all litter

        Camping and fires are not permitted

        Keep dogs on a leash at all times

        Wildlife live here too - respect their presence and keep your distance

        Sturdy hiking boots and trekking poles are recommended - snowshoes are required for winter travel

        Wear 'blaze orange' in the fall as hunting is a part of the Highlands heritage - check with Trails & Tours or the local MNR office to confirm dates

        Length, Rating and Duration information are guidelines only

        Remember, you use the trail at your own risk!

 

Source: Personal Communication with Karen Hoover, Trails and Tours Network

 

 

Hamilton Conservation Authority

 

General Rules of Etiquette

 

        Please stay on the main trails! There are many rare and sensitive plants and small animals that are easily damaged or destroyed if you leave the trails. Please don’t make new trails or use unmarked trails.

        Passes are mandatory on the trail system. They are available on a daily or yearly basis and are on sale at the Authority’s main office, 838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster, The Dundas Valley Trail Centre off Governor’s Road, Dundas.

        Trails are closed at certain times of the year. Watch for and obey any signs that indicate trail closures, call the Trail Centre at 627-1233 or check our website: www.conservationhamilton.ca for updates. If signs are not posted and the weather conditions have been bad, watch for you own damage and do not use the trails.

        Please stay to the right and allow other users to pass to your left.

        Please respect neighboring landowners by staying off private property, maintaining privacy for landowners and avoiding excessive noise.

        Please take out any packaging you bring into the Dundas Valley. Better still, bring along a plastic bag and pick up any litter you find.

 

Source: Personal Communications with Sarah Clarke, Information Officer, Hamilton Conservation Authority

 

 

Hastings Heritage Trail Association

 

Trail Regulations

 

        Road vehicles are not allowed without an HHTA permit.

        Stay on the Trail.

        Be courteous to all users.

        Obey speed limits and signs.

        A licensed and insurance is required for all motorized vehicles.

        O.F.S.C Trail Permits are required for snowmobiles.

        Carry out all garbage. Don’t litter.

        No hunting on the Trail.

 

Source: HHTA. NO DATE. Hastings Heritage Trail Association: New Challenges Unique Experiences Endless Possibilities. HHTA. Bancroft , ON.

 

Hearts Alive Peterborough

1. Respect for the Environment

 


2. Respect for Other Trail Users

 

3. Respect for Oneself - Be Safe!

 

 Source:  Brown, C., W. Cooper, and P. Gosselin, Discover your Routes: A Guide to Trails in Peterborough County.
                 Hearts Alive Peterborough & Trail Studies Unit, Ontario.

 

 

Hike Ontario

 

Trail Etiquette

 

        Stay on existing trails

        Avoid very wet and muddy conditions

        Know the local rules, regulations and concerns of the area

        Obey gate closures and signs

        Keep the trail clean

        Slower traffic has the right-of-way

        Keep right, except when passing

        Get owners permission on private land

        Do not disturb the wildlife

 

Source: Hike Ontario, 2004. Trail Mail December 2004. Vol 1, Issue 9.

 

 

Huronia Trails and Greenways

 

Simcoe County Trails User Guidelines

 

        Expect and respect other trail users.

        Keep to the right to allow other users to pass on your left. When stopping for a break, move to the side to allow others room to pass.

        Stay on the trail! Don’t make new trails or used unmarked (unsigned) trails.

        Respect neighbouring landowners by staying off private property, and avoid excessive noise.

        Leave the trail as you found it; whatever you pack in, pack out. Leave the wildflowers and wildlife for others to enjoy.

        Maintain control of you pets. Carry a leash for your dog and be prepared to use it. “Stoop & scoop” near residential areas and when waste is on the trail path.

        Use trails only according to the permitted uses indicated on the signage. Some trails are user specific i.e. hiking or snowmobile only trails.

        Some trails may close seasonally. Obey any trail closure signs.

        Most trails experience problems in spring. Check the trail conditions. If you are leaving tracks over ” deep don’t use the trail. If there are no signs posted, but weather conditions have been bad, do not use the trail.

        Some trails require user fees. Check with the Trail Association or Conservation Area and be prepared to pay a fee. These monies help to maintain the trail.

 

Source: Huronia Trails and Greenways. NO DATE. HTG Trail Patrol. Our Natural Connection. Cookstown, ON.

 

 

McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve

 

Trail User Code

 

        No dogs allowed (except certified guide dogs)

        No alcoholic beverages

        No firearms

        No motorized vehicles

        No fires or camping

        No excessive noise

        No littering

 

Source: http://www.mclaughlinbay.org/mb_trails.html (accessed April 29, 2006)

 

 

Millbrook Valley Trails

 

Guidelines and Ethics

 

        Wear appropriate clothing.

        Follow these signs (drawing of direction signage shown)

        Please stay on the trail to minimize damage and to avoid trespassing on private land.

        Watch for poison ivy

o       Leaves of three, Let them be…

 

Source: Millbrook Valley Trails Committee. 2000. Millbrook Valley Trails. Ontario Ministry of Natural Resouces. Queen’s Printer.

 

Minimum Impact Code for Travel to Upper Mustang
          

1.Travel Ecologically

 

2. Save Fuel

 


3.  Do not Pollute

 


4.  Protect Wildlife

 


5. Respect the Culture

 


Source:  Walder, G. 2000. Tourism Development and Environmental Management in Nepal: A Study of Sagarmatha
National Park and the Annapurna Conservation Area Project, with special reference to Upper Mustang.
MSc Thesis, The International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Management, Bournemeath, University.

 

Ministry of Natural Resources

 

Be a responsible all-terrain/off-road vehicle user of Crown Land

 

        Protect the natural environment and avoid sensitive features such as wetlands, streams and wildlife habitat.

        Stay on recognized trail systems.

        Pick up and pack out litter.

        Respect other users of Crown land.

        To create a new trail, build a water crossing or hold an organized ATV/ORV event on Crown land, prior approval from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) may be required.

 

Source: Ministry of Natural Resources. NO DATE. Respect the Land – Enjoy the Sport: Be a responsible all-terrain/off-road vehicle user of Crown Land. Ministry of Natural Resoruces. Queens Printer. Toronto, ON. (http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/Trail%20Disputes/atv%20fact%207%20col.pdf)

 

Mountain Biking
Off Road Rules of the Trail (International Mountain Biking Association)

 Always yield the trail.

 

Muskoka Trail Seekers

 

ATV’ers Code

 

        I will be a good sportsperson.

        I will use my influence to promote responsible ATV use.

        I will recognize that others will judge all ATV users by my actions.

        I will maintain clean trails & use areas.

        I will work to preserve the environment in all my riding endeavors.

        I will respect other people's property & rights

        I will help others that are in distress.

        I will make myself & my vehicle available in an emergency.

        I will recognize the rights of other user groups.

        I will strive to have other recreation participants recognize and respect my rights as an ATV operator as I recognize their rights.

        I will learn & obey all federal, provincial & municipal laws regarding the use of my ATV.

        I will inform public officials when travelling on public lands.

        I will not harass wildlife with or while riding my ATV.

        I will be aware of riding in protected or sensitive areas.

        I will use marked trails & areas open to ATVs'.

        I will not travel where prohibited.

 

Source: http://www.geocities.com/muskokatrailseekers/code.html (accessed April 20, 2006)

 

 

Northern Lights, the Ontario Federation of 4WD Recreationists

 

Northern Lights/OF4WD Membership Code of Conduct

 

 

 

 

 

Source: http://www.of4wd.com/pdf/OF4WD_Code_of_Conduct.pdf (accessed April 19, 2006)

 

 

Oak Ridges Trail Association

 

The Trail User’s Code

 

        Hike only along marked routes – do not leave the trail.

        Use stiles to climb fences. Close gates behind you.

        Carry out all garbage.

        Respect the privacy of residents.

        Walk around the edge of fields, do not cross them.

        Control your dog on leash at all times.

        Do not disturb the wildlife or farm animals.

        Leave trees, flowers and plants as you found them for others to enjoy.

        No overnight camping or fires except where permitted in designated areas.

        Take nothing but photographs and leave only your thanks

 

 

 

Source: http://www.oakridgestrail.org/Documents/The_Trail_Users_Code.pdf (accessed on April 18, 2006)

 

Ontario Equestrian Federation

A Trail Rider's Code of Ethics

        A Good Trail Rider:

o       Respects private property.

o       Respects the rights of other trail users.

o       Respects the authority of the Trail Boss.

o       Respect nature and the environment.

o       Leaves only hoofprints to tell of his passing.

o       Never abuses his horse.

o       Respects the wishes and requirements of his host

o       Takes good care of his horse at rest stops and at camp.

o       Rides only on the route identified as the trail.

o       Always camps in authorized areas.

o       Never drinks alcohol while mounted or in public.

o       Always proceeds at a walk when riding in heavily used or congested areas.

o       Tries to help riders in trouble or riders with less experience than himself.

o       Avoids showing off.

o       Has control of his horse at all times.

o       Is saddled and ready on time.

        A Trail Rider's Guide To Environmental Awareness

o       Respects A Trail Rider's Guide To Environmental Awareness

o       Do not litter. What you carried in, you can carry out. And if you have room pick up what others have carelessly left behind.

o       Do not smoke while riding. Instead, dismount at a designated spot chosen by the Trail Boss, and carefully butt out, completely. You don't want to be responsible for a forest fire.

o       Leave your campsite neat and tidy. Spread your manure or deposit it where your hosts have asked you to. Don't leave large quantities of hay behind. Return your site to as natural looking as possible.

o       Do not damage crops. Access to farmland does not mean galloping across planted fields. Carefully ride single file around the edge of any crops or stay on a path. This also applies to lawns while riding in residential areas.

o       Stay on the trail path. Deviations from the path lead to unnecessary destruction of vegetation.

o       Keep your horse moving while dropping manure. Small lumps disappear more quickly and don't inconvenience other trail users.

o       Spread any piles of manure your horse may drop while at rest stops.

o       Never allow your horse to damage trees by chewing or pawing, while tied at rest stops.

        A Trail Rider's Guide To Public Awareness

o       Be friendly towards other trail users. Stop, speak, answer questions, whatever it takes to present a good image of equestrian trail users.

o       Present a neat appearance while riding. Remember that you represent all equestrians while in public.

o       Drinking and riding do not mix. Confine your alcohol to your camp area.

o       Have control of your horse at all times. If necessary, dismount and lead your horse through areas of high activity. If you remain mounted, proceed no faster than a walk

o       Respect private property. Get permission from landowners to use their land. Leave gates as you find them and don't bother livestock. Never cut fences.

o       It is recommended that all trail riders carry 3rd party liability insurance. Check with your agent.

o       Any child under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Source: Personal Communication with Marcia Barrett, Executive Director of Ontario Equestrian Federation

 

Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicle Clubs

OFATV Trail Etiquette & Environmental Guidelines

        Remove your helmet when talking to other trail users.

        Always yield the right-of-way to other trail users who are approaching or passing.

        Ride on designated trails. Do not utilize CLOSED trails. 'If you don't know, don't go!'

        Avoid sudden stops and starts and quick directional changes with acceleration.

        Avoid sensitive and restricted areas at all times, especially wetlands, lakeshores, steep stream banks and hills.

        Cross at designated crossings and utilize bridges when available. Cross watercourses at 90-degree angles and drive carefully and slowly.

        Do not venture out on new, non-ATV designated trails without consulting appropriate stakeholders.

        Comply with all applicable legislation and/or municipal bylaws.

        Keeps in mind the following OTC statement: 'Shared use trail - expect/respect other users.'

        Signal when approaching from behind. In particular, be certain to communicate with the riders of horses and those walking pets.

        Avoid running over young trees and shrubs, particularly in the spring and the growing season of the summer.

        Do not trespass on private property and do not utilize single-purpose trails designated for other (non-ATV) activities.

        Promote parking and dismounting from your ATV to walk to sensitive, scenic, historic and cultural areas.

        Enjoy wildlife viewing opportunities, avoid stressing any species particularly during the rearing stages.

        Respect and be courteous to other users who are also using shared use trails.

        Avoid riding after heavy rains.

        Adjust riding behavior according to season and location.

        The planning and staging of rodeos and safety courses should be within areas such as pits, gravel parking lots and controlled areas.

        Take a rider safety course and ride within your abilities

        Do not cut switchbacks or take shortcuts.

        Keep your speed and engine rpm low and steady when approaching other riders, homes, etc.

        What you pack in, pack out - do not litter.

        The ATV designated trail season begins and ends with the advent of winter and the appearance of snowmobile groomers.

Source: http://www.ofatv.org/Services/Policies.php#Etiquette (accessed: November 14, 2007)

 

 

Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs

 

Canadian Snowmobile Code of Ethics

 

        General

o       I will ride in manner that is a credit to our recreation.

o       I will influence other snowmobilers to adhere to this Code of Ethics.

o       I will respect the rights of others including property owners and other outdoor enthusiasts.

 

        The Environment (Everyone enjoys the outdoors)

o       I will protect and preserve our natural environment.

o       I will ride in a responsible manner and will use only marked trails; areas or roads open to snowmobiles.

o       I will not harass or harm wildlife or the natural surroundings.

o       I will minimize my impact on the environment.

 

        Safety (Snowmobilers always come home)

o       I will ride smart, be prepared and stay in control.

o       I will check ice and weather conditions before riding.

o       I will help those in distress.

o       I will obey all laws and rules governing our recreation.

o       I will promote proper snowmobile education and training.

o       I will practice Zero Tolerance with respect to impaired riding.

 

 

Source: http://www.ofsc.on.ca/Downloads/Com/CodeEthics_Jan06.pdf (accessed April 18, 2006)

 

 

Ontario Federation of Trail Riders

 

Code of Conduct

 

        Do Not Trespass on private property. Ride on existing trails.

        Respect nature.

        Expect and Respect others who have the right to be on the trails. Be courteous to others.

        Remember that few other vehicles are as maneuverable as bikes, so give the others lots of room and pass on the right.

        Other user groups do a lot of trail grooming - respect their efforts.

        STOP when you see a horse, shut off your engine immediately. Then take off your helmet and ask for instructions from the rider.

        Comply with all legislation, bylaws and insurance requirements.

        Always wear a helmet and other safety gear. (Take off your helmet if you talk to someone)

        Whatever you pack in, pack out. Do not litter, and leave the place better than you found it.

        Use trails only according to the permitted uses indicated. Some trails are seasonal and can experience problems in the spring. Check the trail conditions.

        Do not use any Alcohol or Drugs if you plan to ride.

        Keep your bike QUIET. More sound = Less ground!

 

Source: Personal Communication with Ken Hoeverman, Ontario Federation of Trail Riders

 

 

Ontario Mountain Biking Committee

 

Off Road Rules of the Trail

 

        Ride open trails only.

        Leave no trace.

        Never spook animals.

        Plan ahead.

        Control your bicycle.

        Always yield trail.

 

Source: Ontario Mountain Biking Committee.1994. Mountain Biking: Off Road Rules of the Trail. Ontario Cycling Association. Willowdale, ON.

 

 

Ontario Trail Riders Association - A Trail Riders Code of Ethics

A Good Trail Rider:

1. Respects private property
2. Respects the rights of other trail users
3.
Respects the authority of the Trail Boss
4.
Respects nature and the environment
5.
Leaves only hoof prints to tell of his passing
6. Never abuses his horse
7. Respects the wishes and requirements of his host
8.
Takes good care of his horse at rests and at camp
9.
Rides only on the route identified as the trail
10. Always camps in authorized sites
11. Never drinks alcohol while mounted or in public
12.
Always proceeds at a walk when riding in heavily used or congested areas
13. Tries to help riders in trouble or riders with less experience than himself
14. Avoids showing off
15. Has control of his horse at all times
16. Is saddled and ready on time

 

 

Ontario Trails Council

 

OTC Trail Etiquette: General Rules of Etiquette

 

        Please stay on the main trails! Some areas have rare and sensitive plants and small animals that can be easily damaged or destroyed. Don’t make new trails or use unmarked (unsigned) trails.

        Some areas may require user fees. Please be sure to check with the Trail Association or Conservation Area and be prepared to pay a daily or weekly fee. These monies help to maintain the trail.

        Some trails may close seasonally. Watch and obey any trail closure signs in the area. Check the trail conditions before going to far. If you are leaving tracks over 1.5 cm deep you really shouldn’t be there. Most trails experience problems in the spring. If there are no signs posted, but weather conditions have been bad, please do not use the trail.

        Please stay to the right to allow other users to pass to your left.

        Please respect neighboring landowners by staying off private property, and avoid excess noise.

        Please leave the trail as you found it, whatever you pack in, pack out.

        Maintain control of you pets. Carry a leash for your dog and be prepared to use it. Some urban areas have strict leash laws.

        When stopping for a rest, please move to the side to allow other users room to pass on the thoroughfare.

        Leave the wildflowers and wildlife for others to enjoy.

        Please respect trail signs and use only trails that are signed for our user group. Some trails are users specific i.e. hiking or snowmobile trails

 

Source: http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trail-life/trail-etiquette/ (Accessed on November 15, 2007)

 

Outback ATV Club

ATV Code of Ethics

        I will be a good sportsperson. I recognize that many people will judge all ATV owners by my actions. I will use my influence with other ATV owners to promote responsible conduct.

        I will maintain clean trails and use areas. I will work to safeguard clean and pure streams and lakes. I will ensure my ATV use has the lowest possible impact on the environment. I will safeguard living trees, shrubs, and other natural features.

        I will respect other people's property and rights.

        I will lend a helping hand when I see someone in distress.

        I will make my vehicle and myself available to assist in emergency situations.

        I will recognize the rights of other user groups.

        I will energetically strive to bring other recreation participants to recognize and respect my rights as an ATVer by explaining my needs and, at the same time, listening to their needs.

        I will learn and obey all federal, provincial, and municipal rules regulating the operation of ATVs in areas where I use my vehicle. I will inform public officials, as required, when using public lands.

        I will not harass wildlife, and will become aware of protected or sensitive areas.

        I will use marked trails, and areas open to ATV's. I will not travel where prohibited.

Source: http://www.outbackatvclub.com/atv_ethics.htm (accessed April 20, 2006)

 

Park to Park Trail Association

 

Code of Ethics

 

        Recognize that this is an unpatrolled wilderness trail with no facilities – you are totally responsible for your own safety.

        Protect the environment and do not disturb animals, trees or plants.

        Prevent forest fires by extinguishing all matches, cigarettes or campfires.

        Pack everything out and leave no litter or garbage.

        Leave campsites clean.

        All vehicles will proceed with caution to minimize dust and noise.

        Respect the rights and safety of other trail users.

        Obey all regulatory signs.

        Stay on the trail and do not trespass onto private property.

 

Source: Personal Communications with Lori Ingriselli, Park to Park Trail Association

 

 

The Prescott-Russell Recreation Trail

 

Code of Conduct on the Trail

        Respect the privacy of people living along the trail; stay on the trail.

        Preserve the environment by not disturbing and not damaging plants, trees or wildlife.

        Travel with caution, especially when pathyway is busy.

        Remain visible at all times, and travel in pairs.

        Share the responsibility of keeping the trail litter free and setting a good example.

        Leash pets at all times.

 

Source: http://www.prescott-russell.on.ca/sentier-trail/frames_en.html (accessed April 29, 2006)

 

 

Rainbow Country Travel Association

 

ATV Trail Etiquette and Environmental Guidelines

 

 

Source: http://www.rainbowcountry.com/ (accessed April 29, 2006)

 

 

The Rotary Greenway: Scenic River Road

 

Trail Etiquette

 

        Leave only footprints, take only memories.

        Respect and be courteous to users and adjacent landowners.

        Keep to the right of the trail.

        Please keep dogs on a leash and “stoop and scoop”.

        Please don’t wander off he main trail or the River Road side trails.

        No horses or motorized vehicles (except wheelchairs).

        Use at your own risk.

 

Source:

Marsh, J. Rodie, T. 2000. The Rotary Greenway: Scenic River Road Trail. Trail Studies Unit, Trent University. Peterborough, ON.

 

Shoreline Discovery Trail

Trail Etiquette and Safety

        Never Hike Alone. Tell someone when you plan to return.

        Stay on marked trail

        Leave behind with pictures, not litter

        Please keep dogs on a leash. Stoop and Scoop

        Do not disturb plants and wildlife.

        Be prepared for natural conditions.

        Ensure your children are within sight at all times.

        Wear appropriate hiking/walking shoes.

        No Motorized Vehicles Allowed on Trail.

Source: http://www.town.spanish.on.ca/pages/shoreline.asp (accessed April 20, 2006)

 

 

Street to Trail Association

 

The Trail Users' Code

 

        Hike only along marked routes, especially on privet property - do not take short cuts.

        Do not climb fences - use the stiles.

        Respect the privacy of people living along the trail.

        Leave the trail cleaner than you found it - carry out all litter.

        Light cooking fires at official campsites only - drench fires after use (carry a lightweight stove)

        Leave flowers and plants from others to enjoy.

        Do not damage live trees or strip off bark.

        Keep dogs on a leash, especially on or near private property.

        Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

        Leave your thanks and take nothing but photographs.

 

Source: Personal Communications with Paul Mackle, executive director, Street to Trail Association



A Stroll in the Park Walking and Adventure Club

 

Code of Ethics

 

        Do not hike in front of the leader.

        Do not get behind the sweep. ( end Leader )

        Stay on the trails - not to harm the wilderness

        Do not pick any flowers or take any items as souvenirs.

        For any smokers: please refrain from smoking when with the group. IF you must smoke do so at the back and never leave any butts on the trail.

        Do not feed the wild animals if you spot them.

        If hiking in areas with wild animals, (Banff),

        Have Bear Bells and a whistle. Make loud sounds while hiking. This will alert them and they will usually depart before we approach.

        Always carry a first aid kit.

        Always carry a Flash light and matches.

 

Source: Personal Communication with Christa Kroboth - Founder

 

 

Thames Valley Trail Association

 

Trail User's Code

 

        Hike only along marked routes. Do not leave the trail.

        Do not climb fences or open gates - use stiles.

        Carry out all garbage and litter - even other people's.

        Protect trees and shrubs. Never strip bark from trees.

        Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy.
keep dogs on a leash.

        Walk around the edge of fields - not across them.

        Do not disturb farm animals.

        Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

        No camping or fires permitted except in designated areas.

        No motorized vehicles.

        NO BICYCLES ON PRIVATE LANDS.

        leave only your thanks - take only photographs.

 

Source: Personal Communication with John Clark

 

The Trail User’s Code - Hike Ontario, June 2000

 Take nothing but photographs and leave only your thanks


Trent University Nature Areas

Things to Keep In Mind

 

        Be considerate of other users.

        Do not disturb vegetation or wildlife.

        Beware: Poison Ivy is present throughout the Nature Areas.

        Sorry, no mountain biking on the nature trails.

        Dogs must be leashed at all times as per city by-law 91-115

        No hunting.

        No motorized vehicles.

        No lighting of fires.

 

Source: McLean, P. 2000. The Nature Areas and Trails of Trent University’s Symons Campus. The Trent University Nature Areas Committee. Peterborough, ON.

 

The Victoria County Recreation Corridor

 

Rules And Restriction

 

        No motorized vehicles are allowed except as provided by County by-law.

        Dogs must be kept on a leash.

        Pedestrians have right of way over all other users.

        The privacy and rights of abutting land owners must be respected.

        Do not litter or remove natural vegetation

        All snowmobilers must have a valid permit.

 

Source: http://www.kawartha.net/%7Efencom/railtr.htm (accessed May 9, 2006)

 

 

The Voyageur Trail Association

 

Trail Users' Code

        Hike only along marked routes. Do not take shortcuts.

        Do not climb fences.

        Respect the privacy of people living along the trail.

        Leave the trail cleaner than you found it--carry out all litter.

        Light cooking fires at official campsites only. Drench fires after use. (Better still, carry a lightweight stove.)

        Leave flowers and plants for others to enjoy.

        Do not damage live trees or strip off bark.

        Keep dogs under control (leash if necessary) and follow your club's guidelines concerning dogs.

        Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

        Leave only your thanks and take nothing but photographs.

        BE A LOW-IMPACT HIKER!

 

Source: http://www.voyageurtrail.ca/ (accessed April 19, 2006)

 

 

Waterfront Regeneration Trust

 

Trail Etiquette

 

        Respect the privacy of people living along the Trail.

        Please don't litter.

        Take nothing but photographs.

        Leave flowers and plants for other people to enjoy.

        Keep dogs on a leash, especially near farmland and natural areas.

        Protect and do not disturb wildlife.

        Clean up after pets.

        Respect and obey signs.

        Since many people use the Trail- people on foot, and people on wheels- it's important to alert slower moving Trail users to your presence, slow down and proceed with caution as you pass them (usually on the left).

Source: Personal Communication with David Arcus, Project Coordinator, Waterfront Regeneration Trust

 

Welland Canals Parkways

 

Trail Etiquette

 

        The trail is mostly separated into two parts – one for the hikers, mountain bikers, equestrians and cross country skiers, the other is for snowmobilers and off-road motorcyclists. The permitted uses will be indicated on the trail signs.

        No ATVs permitted

        Wheels give way to heels

        Right-of-way is determined according to the sequence of users listed above. Thus off-road motorcycles must give way to snowmobilers and all other users, mountain bikers must give way to equestrians, cross-country skiers and walkers etc.

        When motorized vehicles are approaching or meeting equestrians, drivers should pull over and turn off engine until the horses have passed.

        Common sense should prevail when overtaking or being overtaken.

        All motorized vehicles must be insured and licensed and must conform to all safety and emission standards and any other statutory requirements such as those included in the Highway Traffic Act, the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act and the Off Road Vehicle Act. Proof of vehicle liability insurance and licensing must be carried by the driver of the vehicle. Equestrians must also carry proof of liability insurance.

        All motorized vehicles must comply with the noise limits and standards as set by Provincial statutes.

        Mountain Bikers must have a sounding device to be used with caution a common sense when meeting or overtaking other users especially equestrians.

        Stay on the trail close to the trail sign markers, obey the trail etiquette and all trail signage instructions.

 

Source: Personal Communications with George Nicholson, Welland Canals Parkway and Trails

 

Woolwich Township

Trail User’s Code

        Please respect other trail users as well as private landowners for their kind consent by abiding to the following:

o       Stay on marked routes and do not leave the trail.

o       Keep your dog(s) under control.  Township of Woolwich By-law #36-93 states that dogs must always be leashed while off of their owner's property.  The by-law also states that owners can be fined if they do not stoop and scoop.

o       Respect the privacy of people living adjacent to the trail.

o       Hunting is not allowed on or near the trail.

o       Do not disturb farm animals or wildlife.

o       Leave flowers, plants and trees for others to enjoy.

o       Abide by the signs regarding permitted trail use.

o       Please stay to the right and allow others to pass to your left.

o       Motorized vehicles are not allowed unless posted.

o       Cyclists are to ring their bell or call out to announce their presence when approaching other trail users from behind.

o       Leave nothing but thanks and take nothing but pictures.

Source: http://www.woolwich.ca/en/tourism/trailuserscode.asp (Accessed November 15, 2007)

 

 

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