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Important Stuff..Dufferin Forest Recreation Plan-Elaboration and Update

January 13th, 2017 by in Everything

This is a long explanation of what has been happening the past few years with regards to the Dufferin Forests. Grab a beverage and enjoy the read! Thanks for your time.


So for the past several years there has been planning in place to form a Recreation Plan for the Dufferin County Forests.  It began with a committee that had done a great deal of great work to be eventually be put on hold mid-late 2014.

A second committee was formed and has been working on the Recreation Plan for the last year and a half. A Draft Recreation Plan has now been approved by that committee and by Dufferin County Council to be put out for public comment.  The feedback from the public consultation will then be considered by the Committee and then after any adjustments to the Draft Plan,  it will be sent back to Council for final approval.

I’m encouraging everyone to please review the Draft Plan and send in your feedback. The more positive feedback the Committee receives for the Draft Plan, the more likely it will remain unchanged.  If there are specific items that you would like to see approved (for example, separate trail networks), please feel free to be specific in your comments as well.

Please keep in mind that anyone not agreeing with items in the Draft Plan will very likely be sending in their comments and attending the Open Houses to express their opinions.  The issue that may arise is that it is not as common to provide feedback if one agrees with an issue. It is therefore equally important for the supporters to also demonstrate their positive support though e-mails and Open House participation as this feedback will be guiding the next steps. Attending one (or both) of the Open Houses would be a very positive action.

The dates and locations for the Open House meetings are:

Weds Feb 8th, 55 Zina Street, The Sutton Room, Orangeville from 3pm-8pm.

Sat. Feb 11th Dufferin Museum, 936029 Airport Rd, Mulmur (Hwy 89 & Airport Rd.) from 10am-4pm.

To provide feedback by e-mail as well, go to: CONTACTS

and click on the blue FEEDBACK tab at the left side of the screen.

You can also e-mail as well (why not do both?) the Forest Manager at  (just cut and paste e-mail address)

The closing date for comments is March 31st.

This Recreation Plan is intended to be in place for a twenty year period from its date of implimation. The importance of public input cannot be understated.  Please send this information to anyone or any groups you may know that would have an interest in or who rides, or would like to ride Dufferin Forest now or in the next 20 years. Any questions, please contact me through the “CONTACT” tab. Thank you for your time and in advance for your input and support for the trails.

Here’s the Draft Recreation Plan:

and the off road vehicle proposal:

Done your beverage yet? I have….time for another!

Dufferin Trail Report…Sat aft.

February 25th, 2017 by in Everything

Karen and I got out for a run today in Dufferin.  Surprisingly conditions are great! And they should be even better Sunday.  So if you were on the fence about a ride (hiking will be great as well!) there is no need to be.  I can see this one actually turning into a bit of a tour.  There will likely be single track, TVG FBL bits of sled trail (which was icy) and some other great stuff.  Bring a snack along in case.  See you out there! J

Mountain Biking Etiquette

February 24th, 2017 by in Links


Pretty funny link passed on by Derek (BikeRight)

Update: Fat Bike Bracebride – SUNDAY

February 24th, 2017 by in Everything

Snippet from Substance Projects Facebook page


Due to weather and snow conditions, the Fat Bracebridge race is being moved to Sunday, February 26. (Sorry everyone. Some things are just beyond our control.) Peter from Fat Bikes Canada and I were on the trail together today in order to evaluate the situation and weigh various factors, and changing the date appears to be the best decision.

Currently, most of the course has over 2 feet of snow with a solid base. The short-term forecast for Bracebridge, however, has two days of rain ending with a daytime high of 8° C on Saturday. In short, most of the course will be completely unrideable on Saturday itself. BUT, as of Saturday night, we return to temperatures well below 0° C, with a high of -2° C for Sunday. Perfect!

So, while we hate to mess with the schedule, a race on Saturday will mean the trails get badly damaged and people have a miserable time walking their bikes around the course. Conversely, course conditions will be ideal on Sunday.

Peter will be grooming the next few days to ensure that the trails are in the best possible shape for Sunday.

We apologize for any inconvenience. We realize that our customers have made plans and put a lot of work into getting ready for the race, and we have not taken this decision lightly.

If you are not able to make it to the race because of the date change, we are more than happy to transfer your entry to one of our XCMarathon races coming up this year. If that doesn’t work for your schedule, we can also provide you with a refund early next week, following the race. Just email us at

For those who are now able to join us because of the new date and would like to sign up, event registration will be reopened at pre-reg pricing and stay open until 8pm, Friday, February 23.

The trails are closed Friday and Saturday to allow grooming for the race.

Dan Marshall

Substance Projects Fat Bike Race – Bracebridge

February 23rd, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


This weekend is the 5th in Dan’s Fat Bike Race Series, and the final in the series.

This race is a tad different than others, as it starts with a 2+km ITT race.  The ITT finish will give you a time bonus which will be deducted from your overall time.

After the ITT there is a 20 or 40km Race.

Why not go out and try one of the races.

Information added to the calendar.



Weekend Ride Posted

February 23rd, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


The weekend ride has been posted up.

Idea to get out while the snow/ice is still firm.

Hopefully we can get a couple laps of the TVG fat bike loop in.





Upcoming Ride Guide

February 21st, 2017 by in Everything

Good morning all,


The rides for the week have been added to the calendar.


Check them out and enjoy the beautiful weather.



Weekend Ski

February 16th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi all


Posted up a cross country ski for this Saturday.

If you are around check it out.

Check in with Ralph if temps are above zero!





Beer Review: Longslice Brewery Inc – Hopsta La Vista

February 14th, 2017 by in Beer Reviews

Well again it has been way too long since the last beer review, and I have some time so why not really.  For those new to team van go beer reviews, they really are very personal, and based on preference.  My best advice is to go out and try something different.  You may find something you like, or you may find something awful, but you will never know until you try it.  Once you find that perfect beer you will be hooked for sure.


This edition we are looking at Longslice Brewery Inc. Hopsta La Vista India Pale Ale.  Longslice Brewery Inc is based out of Toronto Ontario with currently 2 beers being brewed, the Hopsta La Vista, and the Loose Lips Lager, which should be reviewed at a later date.  If you want to take a read on Longslice, check out their website:



Now we move onto the main reason you are reading this… the beer!

As normal, we will look at the taste, appearance, and just overall goodness that is beer.

With the appearance, if you are classy enough to own a glass you can pour beer into you will see that the Hopsta La Vista pours with a dark golden colour.  Similar to a dark copper appearance.  You will also see a white head as well.


Now to the more important part of a beer and the part that will have the biggest impact on whether you will like it or not, which is the taste.  Now based on traditional IPA you would expect a good hit of hops, with an earthy flavouring.  The Hopsta la Vista beer doesn’t seem to go this route.  There is a slight hint of hop, but mainly the flavour you get is a malty and a caramel flavour.  So I would say this would be more on the mild side.  There is some very nice flavours to the beer for sure.


Overall the beer was pretty good.  It had a good taste to it, wasn’t as hoppy as expected, but overall at a nice cool temperature it went down very well.  Like mentioned earlier, go out and try some different beers.  You will find something you like for sure.


ABV:  6.5%


Rating:  3.87 out of 5

Would you buy this beer?  Yes I would.  Keep an eye out at your local LCBO and grab a can and give it a shot.

Was the beer hoppy?  Not really hoppy no, so if hops is not your thing, you may like this beer.

What is the translation of Hasta la Vista?  See you Later



Dufferin Forest Update

February 13th, 2017 by in Everything

Just wanted to thank everyone for their support at the two open houses for the Recreation Plan that were held last week.  Turn out was great and nice for the members of the Committee and County staff to see the support for the Recreation Plan.  Comments have been coming in to the County…lets keep them coming as they will be used by the Committee as guidance for the next meeting. See everyone soon and keep it up as your opinion matters and you are making a difference!

Upcoming Ride Guide

February 13th, 2017 by in Everything

Good morning all,


The ride/spin for the week have been added to the calendar.

Please check it out and come on out.  The trail conditions at Dufferin are amazing!




Sunday Trail Conditions

February 12th, 2017 by in Everything

Hey gang, just received a text from Heather who rode the lollypop with friends this morning and said it was in great shape.  Just thought an update would be helpful!  See you there! J

Triple Birthday in the Woods!

February 9th, 2017 by in Everything

Planning a ride/run/hike, whatever you choose on Sunday at 2pm.  Figure on 1.5-2 hour of fun, then we are heading up to Creemore to the pub for some grub! Come out and celebrate with Ralph, Bernie and Jenny!

If you plan on going o the pub, please let me know by Friday 6pm as I will need to make a reservation. Thanks & see you there, Johnny

Dufferin County Forest Recreation Policy Open House

February 8th, 2017 by in Links

Hi All,


If you were planning on riding tonight, there is another thing you can do.

Tonight is the first of two open houses for the Dufferin County Forest Recreation Plan.

Time:  3-8pm

Location:  55 Zina Street, Orangeville.


Please show up, review the plan, and give positive feedback!  There has been a lot of work done by many groups, and it is a great read as well as a great plan moving forward!


Recreation Plan


Please read the plan, come out tonight and support the work done by all.


Thanks again!





Dufferin Recreation Plan Open House Reminder

February 6th, 2017 by in Everything

Just a reminder that the Open House for the Recreation Plan is this week. This is a drop in style open house…come by anytime you wish and stay for however long you like.  Wednesday’s (Feb 8th) open house is in Orangeville at the Court House at 55 Zina Street from 3pm-8pm.  Saturday’s (Sat 11th)open house is at the Dufferin Museum at Airport Rd and Hwy 89 between 10am & 4pm. The members of the Committee as well as our County Forest Manager will be there for you to chat to and answer any questions.  The Draft Recreation Plan will be available as well as maps and other details. There will be forms  for anyone to leave comments as well so please take the time to add a quick note. The time you spend there will help influence decisions that will be in place for the next 20 years.  Please come out and help support the trails that you ride!

Upcoming Ride Guide

February 6th, 2017 by in Everything

Hi All,


The rides/spins for the week have been added to the calendar.


Check them out and come out if you can.