Nastawgan Trails, incorporated in 2000, is a" not-for-profit" community based organization with charitable status. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and Ontario Parks assisted the founding members with the birth of Nastawgan Trails and the writing of its founding documents. Our mission is to plan, establish, maintain and promote a four season non-motorized trail network which, in combination with 2400 km. of interconnected canoe routes, makes the Temiskaming area a world class recreational tourism destination. 'Nastawgan' is the Ojibwa word for traditional travel routes developed by the Anishinawbeg/ First Nation people thousands of years ago. For the most part, these routes still exist and are now used by present day adventurers.
Our members have collected area economic, tourism and trail studies. We have also inventoried existing non-motorized trails, bush roads, locations having cultural or natural heritage values and other points of interest. The Temagami Land Use Plan, which allows for extensive non-motorized trail development, and is the basis for new trail planning has, as a strategy, the creation of a non-motorized trail corridor along the Lake Temiskaming and Ottawa River shoreline. Nastawgan Trails has submitted a proposal to the MNR for the formal recognition and protection of the now existing Ottawa-Temiskaming Highland Trail.
We are collecting public input about our area trails. Please send your written comments about preserving the trails, what you enjoyed, possible improvements and new trail ideas, to Nastawgan Trails, C/O Murray and Vicky Muir, RR#1 New Liskeard, ON, Canada, P0J 1P0 or our homepage. As the need arises we will submit your views as public input to the MNR and other agencies.
Nastawgan Trails has also become a focal point for local trail users through the organizing of hikes and get-togethers which has created a social climate, that encourages the sharing of information and ideas.
Written by Les Wilcox.