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Trail Use Guidelines

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Trail Use Guidelines and Responsible Use of Recreational Trails

Whether you’re horseback riding, cross-country skiing or hiking.  The future of our trails depends on whether we exercise minimum impact when we use them.

Here are some suggestions for using and sharing the region’s trails responsibly:

  • Try to stay on the trail, even if it rough and muddy.  Walking or cycling on the edge of the trail can widen the trail and cause damage and erosion. Travel single file to avoid widening the trail.
  • If you are in a group and are not following a marked trail (for example, if you are walking through an open field) try to spread out rather than following in each other’s footsteps.  This helps to reduce environmental impact.
  • Avoid sensitive vegetation and watch where you put your feet.
  • Respect and be courteous to other users who also want to enjoy the lands you are using.  Set an example of courtesy for all.
  • Be considerate and honour other’s desire for solitude and a peaceful outdoor experience.  Be especially cautious around horses and bikers.  Stay to the right of the trail and let them pass.
  • Allow for future use of the outdoors, by leaving it better than you found it.
  • Carry out what you carry in.  Don’t burn or bury trash.
  • Respect the environment and other trail users. By using common sense and common courtesy, what is available today will be here to enjoy tomorrow.

Victoria Rail Trail Corridor (VRTC) Guidelines of Use

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