– Discovery Routes Trails Organization - Discovery Routes is a not-for-profit trails organization that market and promotes recreational trails across the Near North region of Ontario.

Resources for Trail Builders and Managers

Resource Library

Over the years, Discovery Routes has built a library of trail studies and other resources.  Please contact us at (705) 472-8480 or at if you are interested in reviewing any of the following resources.

* unbound paper resource
digital resource


C07 Rail-Trails and Community Sentiment
January 1998
C08 * Omaha Recreational Trails: Their Effect on Property Values and Public Safety
June 2000
C10 * Trail Liability and Other Reforms in Ontario – Discussion Paper
October 2002
D06 Does Built Environment Influence Physical Activity
October 2005; 1MB
D06 Implementing Trail Based Economic Development Programs
December 2008; 1MB
D06 Ontario Tourism Competitiveness Study
February 2009; 2MB
D06 Ontario_Way_Finding Research Study
February 2009; 907KB
D06 Proposed_Growth_Plan for Northern Ontario
November 2009; 2MB
D06 Sediment and Erosion Control Plan
January 2010; 4MB

Trail Building

D01-a Building Better Trails
2001; International Mountain Bike Association (IMBA)
D02 * Trail Building Toolkit
July 2003; Bruce Grey Trails Network
D06 Bruce Grey Trails Network Trail Builders Toolkit
August 2003; 1MB
D03 * Trailbuilders Policy
February 2007; Trans Canada Trail
D06 Ontario’s Best Trails Design Construction
May 2007; 4MB
D06 Developing Trails in Nova Scotia – initiation
March 2009; 163KB
D06 Nova Scotia Trails – Trail Planning Workbook
March 2009; 61KB
D06 Developing Trails in Nova Scotia – construction
December 2009; 2MB
D04 * Trail Design and Construction
8.5”x14”, no cover
D05 Design and Signage Guidelines – Waterfront Trail

Trail Management

E02 * Rural Trail Landowner Issues
2000; Partial report
E03 * The Ontario Trail User Code of Ethics
November 2006
D05 Strategies for Building Volunteer Leadership
September 2007; 2.04MB
D06 Best Practice Guidelines for Volunteer Screening
March 2008; 214KB
D06 Encinitas Trails Master Plan – Maintenance Plan
July 2009; 139KB
E04 * Challenges Faced by Multiple-Use Trail Managers
Partial report printed from online source
E05 * Risk Management and Liability for Trails
E06 * Top 10 Ways to Work with the Opposition
E07-a Best Practices for Forming & Revitalizing Regional Trail Committees in Ontario
Trans Canada Trail Ontario

Tourism and Marketing

F05 Building the Brand – Northern Ontario Communications Plan
~ 2002
F07 * National Trails Day Event Organizer’s Manual
2003; Ontario Trails Council
F08 * Blue Sky Region Tourism Marketing and Economic Impact
February 2005
D06 Business Case for Active Transportation
October 2005; 1MB
F09 * Trail Towns – Capturing Trail-Based Tourism
D06 Trail Town – Capturing Trail Based Tourism
February 2009; 4MB
D06 Event Lead Manual – Record Braking Walk
October 2006; 1MB
D06 Ontario Trails Council Event Resource Guide
August 2007; 774KB
D06 Development Manuel for Community Based ATV Tourism
November 2007; 4MB
F10 Best Practices for Increasing Trail Usage by Hikers and Walkers
F11 * Creating Bicycle Friendly Communities in Ontario
F13 * Rails-to-Trails and Greenways Movements Design and Marketing
Partial report

Other Resources

G02 Rails-to-Trails Resource Manual
G03 Bicycle Policy Review & Update Technical Report (for Ministry of Transportation)
May 1992
D06 Walkability Checklist
October 2005; 196KB
G06 Funding Sources
July 2007
D06 East Coast Greenway Trail Signage Manual
February 2009; 2MB
D06 Community Physical Activity Planning – a resource manual for communities
June 2008; 2MB
D06 Acquiring Rail Corridors
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy; May 2009; 272KB

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