2018 • The focus is on the TAG Towns. “The towns are the pearls the route strings together.” ~ Tammy Rea
TAG Towns Initiative will ensure that key gateway, trailhead and stopover towns become “visitor-ready”.
2017 • TAG received a project grant from HCDC to establish relationships across sectors throughout the TAG corridor. This identified the network of a collaborative partners.
January 13 2016 • “Slow Travel, Local Flavours” – An evening of food, craft beer, and storytelling of four long-distance travels on foot or by bike. Friends of the Rail Trail Haliburton co-hosted, sponsored by HCDC. Presentations: Walking the West Highland Trail in Scotland, Cycle-camping Otago Central Rail Trail in New Zealand, Biking the GAP and C&O in America, and walking the Camino in Spain.
April 10 2015 • TAG hosts Sustainable Tourism Forum in the upper gallery at Sweet Bottoms Coffee in Fenelon Falls. Fifty attendees from all sectors: small business owners; municipal staff in tourism/ economic development, parks and recreation; municipal councillors; cycling/ hiking club members; health advocates; outdoors experience and tour providers; interested members of the public. Ute Wright presented a European perspective on tourism. Pamela Marsales presented TAG’s route and concept, history of the Greenway Movement, and case studies of successful models to emulate. The Fenelon Falls hub has emerged as one of the strongest champions of TAG to date.
December 12 2014 • Algonquin to Adirondacks Collaborative (A2A) welcomes TAG as a Partner Organization. A2A is working to connect lands and people across the Algonquin to Adirondacks Region, to enhance a critical link for biodiversity and resilience in eastern North America. TAG and A2A share a similar role, in that each is facilitating a network of partnerships. TAG Zones 8 through 11 overlap with A2A’s buffer zone. A2A invites TAG’s input to their Trails Project.
December 8 2014 • TAG is now a part of “The Co-op” – Haliburton County Community Cooperative has the mission to encourage, develop and support entrepreneurial initiatives that contribute to the social, cultural and environmental well-being of Haliburton County and its residents. As passed by the Board of Directors, Toronto to Algonquin Greenway today formally becomes a project of the Haliburton County Community Cooperative.
October 2014 • Hello world! This website goes live.
September 2014 • Paddle to the Park. TAG receives confirmation that Kevin Callan has successfully completed the inaugural run of the canoe routes into Algonquin Park.
August 2014 • Funding search begins. Up until now, work has been done by volunteers or under short term contract.
June 2014 • TAG receives mention as one of the “Proposed Ontario Cycling Routes” in the Toronto Star newspaper Wheels section annual bicycle issue.
April 2014 • TAG visits the Ontario Bike Summit in Toronto. A poster of the route concept is displayed over the two-day Summit, attended by 130 delegates. This year’s Summit presented a new focus on cycling tourism in Ontario.
November 2013 – February 2014 • Feasibility explored through a short-term contract position at GreenUP in Peterborough. This website was developed behind the scenes, as case studies were researched, contacts identified, and American and European Greenway expertise consulted.
August 2013 • TAG Ad Hoc Committee is struck and begins to meet monthly in Haliburton Village.
May 2013 • TAG concept introduced at MEC Bikefest in Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto. MEC’s Toronto Bikefest was the ideal venue to test response to the TAG concept within the cycling community. The T-shirt logo, a pocketful of cards and a day in the park led to some positive community engagement, as illustrated here at the Toronto Bicycling Network booth. Valuable feedback received was rolled into ongoing planning.
April 2013 • Name and Logo developed. Name and logo idea came from Tammy Rea, of Sticks and Stones Productions, a new-media social enterprise in Haliburton. Design sketch by Pamela Marsales, finalized by Heather Deveaux.
Sept 2012 • A Greenway Plan for the HCRT presented to Haliburton County Council. Almost immediately it became apparent that this wouldn’t work in isolation on a single 34 km trail in one jurisdiction. The Great Allegheny Passage became the template for the creation of a linked Greenway passage from the GTA to Algonquin Park. Work began on route planning.