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.

The Jefferson Forest Mountain Biking Trails Project is focused on creating and implementing a plan for an authorized mountain biking trails network within the Oak Ridges Corridor Park East, locally known as Jefferson Forest. An extensive network of user-built mountain biking trails has been growing on this site over the years, and many of these trails have become popular longstanding local riding routes. However, some portions of this ever-expanding unauthorized network have been impacting sensitive ecological features. This project will seek to balance recreational and ecological needs, providing an enjoyable and sustainable mountain biking experience within this ecologically important site. Currently, cycling in the Oak Ridges Corridor Park East is only permitted on the main spine trail. This project will also address cycling throughout the site. TRCA is undertaking this project in partnership with the City of Richmond Hill and the Durham Mountain Biking Association (through the direction of the York Chapter - YMBA).

UPDATE: Thank-you to everyone who made it to the recent Public Engagement Session. You can view the display boards presented at the session HERE.

If you missed the session, you can still fill out the comment form online HERE. We will be accepting comments until November 21, 2019.

The Macleod Estate Trail Linkage Project is addressing 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 City of Richmond Hill, the Province of Ontario (Infrastructure Ontario), and The Gordon and Patricia Gray Foundation. The trail plan for this project was approved by the TRCA Board of Directors in May 2019, and construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.

We will continue to 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!

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.

The Jefferson Forest Mountain Biking Trails Project is focused on creating and implementing a plan for an authorized mountain biking trails network within the Oak Ridges Corridor Park East, locally known as Jefferson Forest. An extensive network of user-built mountain biking trails has been growing on this site over the years, and many of these trails have become popular longstanding local riding routes. However, some portions of this ever-expanding unauthorized network have been impacting sensitive ecological features. This project will seek to balance recreational and ecological needs, providing an enjoyable and sustainable mountain biking experience within this ecologically important site. Currently, cycling in the Oak Ridges Corridor Park East is only permitted on the main spine trail. This project will also address cycling throughout the site. TRCA is undertaking this project in partnership with the City of Richmond Hill and the Durham Mountain Biking Association (through the direction of the York Chapter - YMBA).

UPDATE: Thank-you to everyone who made it to the recent Public Engagement Session. You can view the display boards presented at the session HERE.

If you missed the session, you can still fill out the comment form online HERE. We will be accepting comments until November 21, 2019.

The Macleod Estate Trail Linkage Project is addressing 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 City of Richmond Hill, the Province of Ontario (Infrastructure Ontario), and The Gordon and Patricia Gray Foundation. The trail plan for this project was approved by the TRCA Board of Directors in May 2019, and construction is anticipated to begin in 2020.

We will continue to 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!

  • Public Engagement Session Debrief

    8 days ago

    Thanks for coming to the Public Engagement Session!

    You can view the display boards presented at the session here

    If you missed the session, you can still fill out the comment form online here. We will be accepting comments until November 21, 2019.

    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 this project going forward. Please note that we are happy to answer any questions by email.



    Thanks for coming to the Public Engagement Session!

    You can view the display boards presented at the session here

    If you missed the session, you can still fill out the comment form online here. We will be accepting comments until November 21, 2019.

    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 this project going forward. Please note that we are happy to answer any questions by email.



  • Public Engagement Session - Jefferson Forest Mountain Biking Project

    about 1 month ago

    You are invited to a Public Engagement Session for the Jefferson Forest Mountain Biking Project


    Date: November 6, 2019
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: Oak Ridges Community Centre - Atrium (12895 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON)

    Please join us to view the draft authorized mountain biking network and share your thoughts on how we can improve trail experiences within Jefferson Forest for all users.

    The Session will be a drop-in style open house, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about this exciting project. Please feel free to come by anytime while the event is ongoing.

    We invite...

    You are invited to a Public Engagement Session for the Jefferson Forest Mountain Biking Project


    Date: November 6, 2019
    Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Location: Oak Ridges Community Centre - Atrium (12895 Bayview Ave, Richmond Hill, ON)

    Please join us to view the draft authorized mountain biking network and share your thoughts on how we can improve trail experiences within Jefferson Forest for all users.

    The Session will be a drop-in style open house, and is open to anyone interested in learning more about this exciting project. Please feel free to come by anytime while the event is ongoing.

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

    If you are unable to attend, meeting materials will be posted online after the event and you can provide comments online for a period of two weeks after the day of the Session (until November 20, 2019).

    See you then!

  • Macleod Estate Trail Linkage: TRCA Board of Directors Approval of the Trail Alignment (May 24, 2019)

    6 months ago

    The Macleod Estate Trail Linkage was approved by the TRCA Board of Directors on May 24, 2019

    The recommended trail alignment received approval in principle by the TRCA Board of Directors on May 24, 2019 (Item 8.6). TRCA staff will now be working to implement the trail project, with construction anticipated to begin in 2020.

    For more information on the TRCA Board click here

    We would like to thank everyone who participated in this planning process.

    The Macleod Estate Trail Linkage was approved by the TRCA Board of Directors on May 24, 2019

    The recommended trail alignment received approval in principle by the TRCA Board of Directors on May 24, 2019 (Item 8.6). TRCA staff will now be working to implement the trail project, with construction anticipated to begin in 2020.

    For more information on the TRCA Board click here

    We would like to thank everyone who participated in this planning process.

  • Project Update: TRCA Board of Directors to Consider Approval of Final Macleod Estate Trail Linkage Proposal (Open to the Public)

    9 months ago

    The TRCA Board of Directors will consider approval of the Final Macleod Estate Trail Linkage Proposal on May 24, 2019

    At this Meeting, the TRCA Board of Directors will consider approval of the recommended trail proposal and receive an update on recent trail planning work.

    TRCA Board of Directors Meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to come and observe.

    The Agenda for this Meeting has been posted online on the TRCA website here. The Macleod Estate Trail Linkage is Agenda Item 8.6.

    Date: May 24, 2019
    Time: 9:30 am
    Location: TRCA Head Office

    The TRCA Board of Directors will consider approval of the Final Macleod Estate Trail Linkage Proposal on May 24, 2019

    At this Meeting, the TRCA Board of Directors will consider approval of the recommended trail proposal and receive an update on recent trail planning work.

    TRCA Board of Directors Meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to come and observe.

    The Agenda for this Meeting has been posted online on the TRCA website here. The Macleod Estate Trail Linkage is Agenda Item 8.6.

    Date: May 24, 2019
    Time: 9:30 am
    Location: TRCA Head Office
    101 Exchange Avenue
    Vaughan, Ontario
    L4K 5R6

    If you are interested in making a delegation to speak at this Meeting, please click here. For more general information on the TRCA Board of Directors click here.
  • Macleod Estate Trail Linkage July 20, 2018 TRCA Board Meeting Debrief

    about 1 year 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)

    over 1 year 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...

    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

    over 1 year 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...

    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!

    almost 2 years 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...

    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

    almost 2 years 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!