Member Group Detail

Oak Ridges Trail Association

Town: Aurora

Ontario Nature Region: Lake Ontario North

The Oak Ridges Trail is a continuous footpath extending over 200 kilometers across the Oak Ridges Moraine with a number of local side trails. The trail is managed and maintained by the Oak Ridges Trail Association (ORTA), a volunteer organization inaugurated in May 1992.

One of ORTA's main objectives is to develop and secure the Oak Ridges Trail for walking/hiking purposes, "thereby promoting an appreciation and respect for the Moraine's ecological, cultural, and scenic integrity, with the aim of retaining the trail corridor in its natural state."

The present route of the Oak Ridges Trail is located entirely on lands owned by other agencies and individuals; federal, provincial, municipal governments, conservation authorities, and private land owners, as these lands have been made available to the association for trail purposes.

Ten chapters of volunteer members and trail workers have helped to build and now maintain the trail sections for public use in all seasons. Moving west to east, the nine trail chapters include Caledon, King, Aurora, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Uxbridge, Scugog, Clarington, Hope-Hamilton, Northumberland and Richmond Hill.

At the present time the Oak Ridges Trail Association has approximately 700 members. Over 220 group outings are organized by ORTA each year. Activities of the association are funded by membership dues, individual donations, grants, and the sale of trail guidebooks.

Visit the Oak Ridges Trail Association website for more information.

Oak Ridges Trail Association
P.O. Box 28544
Aurora, ON L4G 6S6
(905) 833-6600

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