Since 2001, we have led the effort to connect Killbear and Algonquin Provincial Parks by multi-use trail.  With over 230km available for walking, cycling, and riding, there's a trail for everyone! 


GOALS

To celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Parry Sound, Muskoka, Almaguin Highlands and Algonquin regions.

  • Encourage respect for the physical environment by providing trail users with the opportunity to explore their natural surroundings.
  • To provide motivation for active lifestyles and promote year round trail use and participation in recreational activities.
  • Foster community pride, unity and sustainable economic development.

Park to Park Trail is the best way to see the full range of what Explorers’ Edge has to offer. From the clear blue waters of Georgian Bay to the unending forests of the Algonquin Highlands, this trail has the very best of all the local environment.
— Christina Bossart, Volunteer

What We've Achieved

  • Produced a fold-out and digital maps based on accurate GPS mapping of the trail created by volunteers.

  • Construction and reclamation of the Muskiig Trail segment in Carling Township for $120,000.

  • Installation of culverts on the Seguin Trail segment between Hwy 400 and Sprucedale at a cost of $40,000 and rebuilding of the trail between Woods Rd. and Rochester Rd. at a cost of $180,000.

  • Increased connection with trail users through social media including Facebook and Youtube.

  • Strong ongoing relationships with Honda Canada and CFMoto who have provided ATVs and SXSs for trail work.
  • Refresh of a P2P branding in 2012 along with a website through the support of Parry Sound CBDC, Muskoka Futures and NECO.
  • Strong support for charity through the P2P Boiler Rally of Hope which has been running annually since 2014.
  • Ongoing to work to keep wayfinding signage up to date.
  • Complete Video Tour of the trail thanks to Rex4x4 .

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History

The Park to Park Trail Association was incorporated on June 6, 2001, however the idea of having a regional trail network dates back several years earlier.  During the summer of 1998 the Park to Park Steering Committee met for the first time, following the recommendation of both the Parry Sound and Huntsville Town Councils.  Since that time Park to Park has worked to develop, build and maintain trail across the 10 municipalities between Killbear and Algonquin Provincial Parks.  Since 2003, 100% of the trail route has been registered by municipal councils, and in 2011 the final section of originally envisioned trail was completed.

The Park to Park Trail is a truly collaborative initiative, bringing together trail users, businesses, non-profits organizations, clubs, as well as, local, provincial and federal governments to create a region-wide amenity.

The Park to Park Trail network includes trail sections of historic rail beds and colonization roads, as well as newly developed trail, and road sections.  We are a multi-use trail network, welcoming trail users on foot, bicycle, horse, dog sled, dirtbike, snowmachine, ATV and UTV.  Some sections are limited to non-motorized users, so please check out Get on the Trail to see what uses are permitted for each section of trail you wish to use.


OUR LOGO

In 2012, with the support of funding from the Community Future Development Corporations of Parry Sound, Almaguin Highlands and Muskoka, Park to Park unveiled a new logo. Designed by Julia Archer of Grey Owl Graphics, the new logo is designed to represent the connection between Georgian Bay on the west and Algonquin Park to the east, and the important connection provided by the Park to Park Trail Association.

Visually, the logo was inspired by the Group of Seven and the US and Canadian National Park logos of the 1950s.

From 2000-2012 the Park to Park Trail Association was identified by a logo created by Jennifer Clark and Shaun Godard of Huntsville High School. The students were each awarded a prize of $50.00 and presented with a t-shirt with the new logo on it. The logo design was enhanced and digitally reproduced by Parry Sound graphics/printing company Taurus Offset to reflect elements of both student’s designs. The Park-To-Park Trail logo depicts a pine tree typical to all regions along the trail and a stylized ’2′ to represent both the “to” in Park-To-Park and the trail’s physical connections.


OUR WEBSITE

The Park to Park Trail Association website was redeveloped in 2015 through a donation by Redwood 1890. The website was developed by Christina Bossart and provides P2P with a new, and easy to use website, which means we have more time to work on the trail and less time worrying about our website.