Trail Development Services


Trail Development Services

Are you considering developing trails for recreational, health or economic development opportunities? Our Trail Development Team can assist in planning, designing and building your trail system. Our trail specialists can assist your community in planning and constructing your trail project while training your staff in the fundamentals behind proper planning, sustainable construction methods and risk management. Our Trail Development Team partners with  industry professionals to offer accredited training in both mechanized and hand built applications while constructing your trail project.

Plan, Design and Build

Our team uses the plan, design and build model for trail construction to develop the best possible user experience trail systems. When using this process properly it ensures better efficiencies during all stages of trail development. Spending adequate time and resources in the planning and designing stages will allow the building phase to be carried out more precisely and efficiently. When the principles of sustainable trail building are executed properly the trail will only require minimal trail maintenance.


• Coordinate with stakeholders to identify desires, needs and wants in the trail development
• Work with land use planners to identify land usage, cultural and historical sites, species at risk and ecologically sensitive areas
• Assess and mitigate risk
• Develop a trail plan that is inclusive of costing, materials and signage needs.


• Use principles of sustainable trail building to address the desires,needs and wants from the planning phase
• Field work consists of plotting trail, assessing positive control points and finding usable materials
• Pin flag to ensure proper trail flow and alignment



• Skillfully construct the trail by following the design while also adjusting when necessary for unaccounted for opportunities and challenges
• Apply the principles of sustainable trail construction
• Experienced and qualified trail builders ensures minimal future trail maintenance






Mechanized Building

Mechanized equipment is used in trail building to offset the higher cost of hand building. A mechanized trail builder is able to complete a considerable amount of trail in a short period of time. Production rates vary depending on such items as the slope of the terrain, soil conditions, climate, trail usage and existing foliage density.
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Hand Building

Hand built trail require the use of hand tools to trim the back slope to the trail tread and hand finish the trail surface. Hand built trails are generally labor intensive projects and more conducive to backcountry hiking trails.

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 Past And Current Projects

2017 Serpent River First Nation
• 700m granular trail as part of the Trans Canada Trail.
2017 Brunswick House First Nation
• Planned and Designed trail routes.
2017 Mnjikaning First Nation (Rama)
• Planned and Designed trail routes.
2016 Mississauga First Nation
• Engineered Mechanized build of 365 meter of granular trail as part of the Trans-Canada Trail.
2016 Garden River First Nation
• Trails Training course with the Ontario Parks Association to train four maintenance staff in trail construction
• Mechanized Hybrid Trail building on 2 kilometers of granular trail as part of the Trans-Canada Trail System.
2016 Sheshegwaning First Nation

• Mechanized build of 800 meters of natural surface hand finished trail as part of the Nimkee Trail System.

2015 Point Grondine Park

• Completed 1.2 kilometers of mechanized granular trail as part of the Parks canoe access route.

2014 Georgian Bay Coast Trail-Point Grondine
• Coordinated First Nation partners and non-profit organization to develop a sustainable trail model spanning 200km along the coast of Georgian Bay
• Planned, Designed and constructed over twenty kilometres of backcountry trail
• Currently designing park model inclusive of eco resort, backcountry trails and canoe routes
2013 Delaware Nation

• Mechanized Hybrid Trail Training on 500 meters granular trail

2013 Sheshegwaning First Nation
• Assessed existing Nimkees Trail and developed new trail plan for construction of 10 km of new hiking trail
• Coordinated with Economic Development team to identify funding sources
• Planning, designing and Building 10 km of new hiking trail
• Training community members in sustainable trail building techniques
2013 Pic River First Nation
• Coordinated with First Nation land planners and National Park to determine trail users
• Planned, designed and built 2.5km loop trail that connected to existing coastal trail
• Trained local members in sustainable trail building techniques
2013 Henvey Inlet First Nation
• Coordinated with band council and land use planners to determine trail investigation route
• GPS plotted 30 km of backcountry coastal trail
2010-2012 Bebamikawe Memorial Trail
• Planned, designed and built 14km of hiking and fitness trail
• Trained twelve community members in the principles of sustainable trail building
• Developed guidelines for trail maintenance audits
• Networked with community partners to develop trail plan and attain funding

Call us today to learn more about our Trail Development Services

1-844-945-8687 • 705-859-3477