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Trails Specialist Workshop

  • 22 May 2024
  • 9:30 AM
  • 23 May 2024
  • 4:00 PM
  • McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton Ontario - Campus Services Building B109 -
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In partnership with the Ontario Trails Council, OPA offers this two-day course as 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

Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. It is also recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.
  • 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. 

DATE: May 22nd & 23rd 2024

TIME: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

LOCATION:  McMaster University 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton Ontario - Campus Services Building B109 

Campus Map Below - Campus Services Building is Building 31 

Parking can be in Lot M. 


OPA Member: $433.00

OPA Potential Member: $699.00

*Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you for both days.


Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

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