Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve Trail Planning Projects

The Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve is a rich natural area that includes wetlands, kettle lakes and forests, supporting many unique wildlife and plant species. The Reserve includes a significant network of popular recreational trails, including regional trail linkages. Recently, two distinct trail planning needs for this area have been raised through community advocacy. These two projects are being undertaken concurrently.

The MacLeod Estate Trail Linkage Project will address the need for a trail connection near the MacLeod Estate and Philips Lake from the main Oak Ridges Trail within the Reserve to the adjacent MacLeod's Landing neighbourhood. This project is being undertaken in partnership with the Town of Richmond Hill, the Province of Ontario (Infrastructure Ontario), and The Gordon and Patricia Gray Foundation.

This trail access would also allow visitors to experience the MacLeod Estate, one of the most historically significant homes in Richmond Hill. A heritage landmark which has stood by Philips Lake for over 168 years at the end of a carriageway lined with silver maples, the Estate is a harmonious composition of Classical Revival, Regency, and Elizabethan Gothic Revival architectural styles. James Farquharson MacLeod, who spent his teenage years on the Richmond Hill property, was an important figure in the history and development of western Canada during his adult life in the late 1800s. (Learn More).

The Cycling on Secondary Trails Project will plan for cycling uses on secondary trails in the southeastern area of the Reserve, with a particular focus on the Jefferson Forest lands. Currently, cycling in the portion of the Reserve east of Bayview Avenue is only permitted on the main spine trail. This project is being undertaken in partnership with the Town of Richmond Hill and the Durham Mountain Biking Association.

We will be posting information and engagement opportunities for both projects on this website. We want to hear your thoughts and feedback on these projects as they progress. Explore this website to provide your input, and stay tuned for further updates!

Please complete our Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve Trail User Survey.

We would like to know what you think about the current Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve trail system. Input from the survey will be integrated into the planning process for both projects. The survey will likely take around 15 minutes to fully complete every question, however only around half the questions are necessary for submission if you would like to complete the survey faster.

The Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve is a rich natural area that includes wetlands, kettle lakes and forests, supporting many unique wildlife and plant species. The Reserve includes a significant network of popular recreational trails, including regional trail linkages. Recently, two distinct trail planning needs for this area have been raised through community advocacy. These two projects are being undertaken concurrently.

The MacLeod Estate Trail Linkage Project will address the need for a trail connection near the MacLeod Estate and Philips Lake from the main Oak Ridges Trail within the Reserve to the adjacent MacLeod's Landing neighbourhood. This project is being undertaken in partnership with the Town of Richmond Hill, the Province of Ontario (Infrastructure Ontario), and The Gordon and Patricia Gray Foundation.

This trail access would also allow visitors to experience the MacLeod Estate, one of the most historically significant homes in Richmond Hill. A heritage landmark which has stood by Philips Lake for over 168 years at the end of a carriageway lined with silver maples, the Estate is a harmonious composition of Classical Revival, Regency, and Elizabethan Gothic Revival architectural styles. James Farquharson MacLeod, who spent his teenage years on the Richmond Hill property, was an important figure in the history and development of western Canada during his adult life in the late 1800s. (Learn More).

The Cycling on Secondary Trails Project will plan for cycling uses on secondary trails in the southeastern area of the Reserve, with a particular focus on the Jefferson Forest lands. Currently, cycling in the portion of the Reserve east of Bayview Avenue is only permitted on the main spine trail. This project is being undertaken in partnership with the Town of Richmond Hill and the Durham Mountain Biking Association.

We will be posting information and engagement opportunities for both projects on this website. We want to hear your thoughts and feedback on these projects as they progress. Explore this website to provide your input, and stay tuned for further updates!

Please complete our Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve Trail User Survey.

We would like to know what you think about the current Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve trail system. Input from the survey will be integrated into the planning process for both projects. The survey will likely take around 15 minutes to fully complete every question, however only around half the questions are necessary for submission if you would like to complete the survey faster.

  • Macleod Estate Trail Linkage July 20, 2018 TRCA Board Meeting Debrief

    3 months ago

    Debrief from the TRCA Board Meeting

    The Macleod Estate Trail Linkage was presented to the TRCA Board on July 20, 2018 (Item 8.1).

    You can view the Minutes of the Board Meeting here

    You can view a full video of the Board Meeting here

    TRCA Staff will be working to follow up on the Resolutions of the Board Meeting (see Board Meeting Minutes Res#A110/18) and will return to the TRCA Board tentatively in the Spring of 2019.

    For more information on the TRCA Board click here

    Debrief from the TRCA Board Meeting

    The Macleod Estate Trail Linkage was presented to the TRCA Board on July 20, 2018 (Item 8.1).

    You can view the Minutes of the Board Meeting here

    You can view a full video of the Board Meeting here

    TRCA Staff will be working to follow up on the Resolutions of the Board Meeting (see Board Meeting Minutes Res#A110/18) and will return to the TRCA Board tentatively in the Spring of 2019.

    For more information on the TRCA Board click here

  • Project Update: TRCA Board Meeting to consider approval of the Macleod Estate Trail Linkage (Open to the Public)

    5 months ago

    The TRCA Board will consider approval of the Macleod Estate Trail Linkage on July 20, 2018


    TRCA Board Meetings are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to come and observe the meeting. If the Macleod Estate Trail Linkage is approved by the TRCA Board it will be circulated to the Province for endorsement and incorporated into the Management Plan for the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve.

    Date: July 20, 2018
    Time: 9:30am
    Location: TRCA Head Office at 101 Exchange Ave, Vaughan ON

    The Agenda for the Board Meeting has been posted here. A TRCA Staff report and summary of the Macleod Estate Trail Linkage project is included within the Agenda (see Item 8.1).

    The preferred conceptual alignment for the proposed Macleod Estate Trail Linkage can be viewed here.

    For more general information on the TRCA Board, including how you can request to make a delegation at a TRCA Board meeting, click here.

    The TRCA Board will consider approval of the Macleod Estate Trail Linkage on July 20, 2018


    TRCA Board Meetings are open to the public, and anyone is welcome to come and observe the meeting. If the Macleod Estate Trail Linkage is approved by the TRCA Board it will be circulated to the Province for endorsement and incorporated into the Management Plan for the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve.

    Date: July 20, 2018
    Time: 9:30am
    Location: TRCA Head Office at 101 Exchange Ave, Vaughan ON

    The Agenda for the Board Meeting has been posted here. A TRCA Staff report and summary of the Macleod Estate Trail Linkage project is included within the Agenda (see Item 8.1).

    The preferred conceptual alignment for the proposed Macleod Estate Trail Linkage can be viewed here.

    For more general information on the TRCA Board, including how you can request to make a delegation at a TRCA Board meeting, click here.
  • Public Engagement Session Debrief

    9 months ago

    Thanks for coming to the Public Engagement Session!

    You can view the display boards presented at the session here

    Thank-you to everyone who took the time to come to the session yesterday, we had some really productive and engaging discussions.

    We are documenting all the public input we receive and integrating the feedback into our decision-making for both projects. Please note that we are happy to answer any questions by email.

    We will expect to seek approval for the finalized Macleod Estate Trail Linkage Plan from the Town of Richmond Hill Council in June, and from the TRCA Board Authority in July.

    Thanks for coming to the Public Engagement Session!

    You can view the display boards presented at the session here

    Thank-you to everyone who took the time to come to the session yesterday, we had some really productive and engaging discussions.

    We are documenting all the public input we receive and integrating the feedback into our decision-making for both projects. Please note that we are happy to answer any questions by email.

    We will expect to seek approval for the finalized Macleod Estate Trail Linkage Plan from the Town of Richmond Hill Council in June, and from the TRCA Board Authority in July.

  • Join us for a Public Engagement Session!

    10 months ago

    We are holding a Public Engagement Session for the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve Trail Planning Projects


    Date: February 22, 2018
    Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location: Oak Ridges Community Centre (12895 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON)

    This Public Engagement Session will encompass both Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve Trail Planning Projects. The Session will be a drop-in style open house, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about these two exciting projects.

    For the Macleod Trail Linkage Project, we will present proposed routing options for the new trail and invite your input and feedback.

    For the Cycling on Secondary Trails Project, we will be sharing the existing conditions information we have and providing a project update.

    We invite both general project feedback and your ideas and input on specific issues.

    See you then!

    We are holding a Public Engagement Session for the Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve Trail Planning Projects


    Date: February 22, 2018
    Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location: Oak Ridges Community Centre (12895 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON)

    This Public Engagement Session will encompass both Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve Trail Planning Projects. The Session will be a drop-in style open house, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about these two exciting projects.

    For the Macleod Trail Linkage Project, we will present proposed routing options for the new trail and invite your input and feedback.

    For the Cycling on Secondary Trails Project, we will be sharing the existing conditions information we have and providing a project update.

    We invite both general project feedback and your ideas and input on specific issues.

    See you then!

  • Project News Updates

    11 months ago

    Stay tuned for news and updates as these projects get further underway!

    Stay tuned for news and updates as these projects get further underway!