Plan, Design & Build
Our team uses the plan, design, build & train model for trail construction to develop the best possible user experience trail systems while building capacity in the communities we service. When using this process properly it ensures better efficiencies during all stages of trail development. Spending adequate time and resources in the planning and designing stages will allow the building phase to be carried out more precisely and efficiently. Training in the principles of sustainable trail building and maintenance allow for the plan to be executed properly with minimal trail maintenance in the future.
- Coordinate with stakeholders & community partners to identify desires, needs and wants in the trail development including asset inventory for Economic Development, Trails Tourism and Health/Recreation.
- Work with land use planners to identify land usage,cultural, historical sites, species at risk and ecologically sensitive areas.
- Assess and mitigate risk.
- Develop a trail plan that is inclusive of costing, materials and signage needs.
- Use principles of sustainable trail building to address the desires, needs and wants from the planning phase.
- Field work consists of plotting trails, assessing positive control points and finding usable materials.
- Pin flag to ensure proper trail flow and alignment.
- Skillfully construct the trail by following the design while also adjusting when necessary for unaccounted for opportunities and challenges.
- Experienced and qualified trail builders ensure minimal future trail maintenance.
- Hybrid Build – In class and in-field training in Mechanized and Hand built applications while learning the principles of sustainable trail construction.
- Trail boardwalk and bridge training
Partnerships with industry professionals to offer training in both mechanized and hand built applications while constructing your trail project. Specialized training in constructing boardwalks and bridges.
Mechanized equipment is used in trail building to offset the higher cost of hand building. A mechanized trail builder is able to complete a considerable amount of trail in a short period of time. Production rates vary depending on such items as: the slope of the terrain, soil conditions, climate, trail usage and existing foliage density.
Hand built trails require the use of hand tools to hand finish the trail surface and trim the back slope to the trail tread. Hand built trails are generally labor intensive projects and more conducive to back country hiking trails.
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Past & Current Projects
2020 Bebamikawe Memorial Trail
Constructed outdoor cooking pavilion & cultural installations
2020 Ojibway Park-Garden River First Nation
Constructed 75 meters of boardwalk
2020 Pays Plat First Nation
Trail Development Plan for 600m of boardwalk trail
2019 Point Grondine Park
Constructed wilderness class bridges and boardwalks
2018 Rama First Nation
Constructed bridges and boardwalks as part of a trail enhancement project at Black River Wilderness Park.
2018 Mississauga First Nation & Blind River
1.9 km of 3 meter wide granular mechanized build.
2018 Georgian Bay Coast Trail-Point Grondine
- Coordinated First Nation partners and non-profit organization to develop a sustainable trail model spanning 200km along the coast of Georgian Bay.
- Planned, Designed and constructed over twenty kilometres of backcountry trail.
- Currently designing park models inclusive of eco resort, backcountry trails and canoe routes.
2017 Serpent River First Nation
700m granular trail as part of the Trans Canada Trail.
2017 Brunswick House First Nation
Planned and Designed trail routes.
2017 Mnjikaning First Nation (Rama)
Planned and Designed trail routes.
2016 Mississauga First Nation
Engineered Mechanized build of 365 meter of granular trail as part of the Trans-Canada Trail.
2016 Garden River First Nation
- Trails Training course with the Ontario Parks Association to train four maintenance staff in trail construction.
- Mechanized Hybrid Trail building on 2 kilometers of granular trail as part of the Trans-Canada Trail System.
2016 Sheshegwaning First Nation
Mechanized build of 800 meters of natural surface hand finished trail as part of the Nimkee Trail System.
2015 Point Grondine Park
Completed 1.2 kilometers of mechanized granular trail as part of the Parks canoe access route.
2013 Pic River First Nation
- Coordinated with First Nation land planners and National Park to determine trail users.
- Planned, designed and built 2.5km loop trail that connected to existing coastal trail.
- Trained local members in sustainable trail building techniques.
2013 Henvey Inlet First Nation
- Coordinated with band council and land use planners to determine trail investigation route.
- GPS plotted 30 km of backcountry coastal trail.
2013 Delaware Nation
Mechanized Hybrid Trail Training on 500 meters granular trail.
2013 Sheshegwaning First Nation
- Assessed existing Nimkees Trail and developed a new trail plan for construction of 10 km of new hiking trail.
- Coordinated with the Economic Development team to identify funding sources.
- Planning, designing and building 10 km of new hiking trail.
- Training community members in sustainable trail building techniques.
2010 Bebamikawe Memorial Trail
- Planned, designed and built 14km of hiking and fitness trail.
- Trained twelve community members in the principles of sustainable trail building.
- Developed guidelines for trail maintenance audits.
- Networked with community partners to develop trail plans and attain funding.