The Park to Park Trail Association was incorporated on June 6, 2001, however the idea of having a regional trail network dates back several years earlier. During the summer of 1998 the Park to Park Steering Committee met for the first time, following the recommendation of both the Parry Sound and Huntsville Town Councils. Since that time Park to Park has worked to develop, build and maintain trail across the 10 municipalities between Killbear and Algonquin Provincial Parks. Since 2003, 100% of the trail route has been registered by municipal councils, and in 2011 the final section of originally envisioned trail was completed.
The Park to Park Trail is a truly collaborative initiative, bringing together trail users, businesses, non-profits organizations, clubs, as well as, local, provincial and federal governments to create a region-wide amenity.
The Park to Park Trail network includes trail sections of historic rail beds and colonization roads, as well as newly developed trail, and road sections. We are a multi-use trail network, welcoming trail users on foot, bicycle, horse, dog sled, dirtbike, snowmachine, ATV and UTV. Some sections are limited to non-motorized users, so please check out “Get on the Trail” to see what uses are permitted for each section of trail you wish to use.
To coordinate and promote the development, operation and maintenance; through individuals, members, groups, organizations, corporations, municipalities and all levels of government; an integrated, year-round, multi-use recreational trail, connecting Killbear to Algonquin Provincial Park, and providing links to several communities, features, attractions, and services in Parry Sound, Muskoka, Almaguin Highlands and Algonquin, as well as other provincial parks and trail networks including the Trans Canada Trail.
To celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Parry Sound, Muskoka, Almaguin Highlands and Algonquin regions.
- Encourage respect for the physical environment by providing trail users with the opportunity to explore their natural surroundings.
- To provide motivation for active lifestyles and promote year round trail use and participation in recreational activities.
- Foster community pride, unity and sustainable economic development.
In 2012, with the support of funding from the Community Future Development Corporations of Parry Sound, Almaguin Highlands and Muskoka, Park to Park unveiled a new logo. Designed by Julia Archer of Grey Owl Graphics, the new logo is designed to represent the connection between Georgian Bay on the west and Algonquin Park to the east, and the important connection provided by the Park to Park Trail Association.
Visually, the logo was inspired by the Group of Seven and the US and Canadian National Park logos of the 1950s.
From 2000-2012 the Park to Park Trail Association was identified by a logo created by Jennifer Clark and Shaun Godard of Huntsville High School. The students were each awarded a prize of $50.00 and presented with a t-shirt with the new logo on it. The logo design was enhanced and digitally reproduced by Parry Sound graphics/printing company Taurus Offset to reflect elements of both student’s designs. The Park-To-Park Trail logo depicts a pine tree typical to all regions along the trail and a stylized ’2′ to represent both the “to” in Park-To-Park and the trail’s physical connections.
The Park to Park Trail Association website was redeveloped in 2012 thanks to a grant funded by the Parry Sound CBDC, NECO and Muskoka Futures. The website was developed by Jason Rosewell of Linkhouse Media and provides Park to Park with a new, and easy to use website, which means we have more time to work on the trail and less time worrying about our website.