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Recreational Geology
2013.03.21
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Recreational Geology

Starting with our earliest inhabitants over ten thousand years ago, people have always known that there is something special about the geology of the Ontario’s Highlands region – just ask the folks in Bancroft (Canada’s Mineral Capital) or Eganville (Ordovician Fossil Capital of Canada). Today, researchers, students and enthusiasts still flock to the Highlands to study, explore and enjoy our unique geological environment, but in 2010 we recognized an opportunity to bring the Story of Our Earth to a tourism public who is eager for new, hands-on, intellectually stimulating experiences.

Over the past two years, the Recreational Geology Project has been working to identify and improve the attractions that will appeal to our target markets, and create a development structure to encourage  further industry-led enhancement of this most unique and authentic offering of Ontario’s Highlands. The OHTO has developed resources to provide tourism stakeholders like you with the tools and information you need to be able to tap into this exciting new area of tourism development in our region.

Informational Resources for Recreational Geology:

Ontario’s Highlands encompasses one of the most unusual and diverse geological settings in the entire country. The opportunities to identify, develop, and enjoy geologically-themed experiences within our region are practically innumerable. But with the amount and presentation of existing information on the subject, it can be hard to know where to start. This guide provides you with a summary of some the best places to look for information, and who to turn to if you need help – whether you’re planning a Sunday drive, or a major tourism development initiative.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about this document, please feel free to contact us at: geology@ohto.ca.

Recreational Geology Access Toolkit:

We are lucky to have so much Crown land in Ontario’s Highlands where opportunities for outdoor activity like Recreational Geology are freely, publicly available. If you open the door to shared land use of private property, however, the possibilities are endless. But even though many landowners might, in principle, welcome outdoor enthusiasts, fear of liability can prevail. For the individual without the backing of a large organization, that’s often the end of the story. For the small operator who wishes to negotiate private access, the legalities can seem prohibitive. The Recreational Access Toolkit provides plain-English interpretation (and full versions) of pertinent legislation to help clarify common misconceptions, and template legal documents to help simplify the process of access negotiations – for everyone.

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about this document, please feel free to contact us at: geology@ohto.ca.

Developing Recreational Geology in Ontario's Highlands
Informational Resources for Recreational Geology
Ontario's Highlands Recreational Access Toolkit
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The Ontario's Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is one of 13 Regional Tourism Organizations created by the Ontario government to increase tourism to the province. The OHTO covers a large region in eastern Ontario which includes the counties of Frontenac, Haliburton, Hastings, Lanark, Lennox and Addington, and Renfrew.

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