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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.

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 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!

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.

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 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!