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The Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail Management Plan

UPDATE as of Oct. 6/2018:

“Lanark County officially opened its 61-kilometre section of the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail Oct. 5 under the Highway 7 overpass in Carleton Place. Pictured, surrounded by supporters, front row from left: county councillors Jerry Flynn (Carleton Place Deputy Mayor); Louis Antonakos (Carleton Place Mayor); Richard Kidd (Beckwith Reeve); Lanark County Warden John Fenik (Perth Mayor); county councillors Aubrey Churchill (Drummond-North Elmsley Reeve); Brian Stewart (Lanark Highlands Mayor); and Brian Campbell (Tay Valley Deputy Reeve), cut the ribbon.” – Ashley Kulp/Metroland

For the full article of the opening of the trail in Lanark,



Along with the Country of Renfrew and Lanark County, Papineau-Cameron Township have put together a draft for the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail Management Plan. To see the draft, click the link below.


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Regional Tourism Promotion

Our region is as much a meeting place today as it was in the time of the First Nations and Voyageurs. With access to Ontario’s oldest provincial park, hundreds of kilometers of multi-use trails, great dining and incredible waterways and provincial parks Mattawa Voyageur Country will bring out the explorer in you.


At the joining of the Ottawa and Mattawa rivers and in the shadow of the mighty Laurentian mountains is Mattawa Voyageur Country. Historically, a meeting place by the First Nations People and The Voyageurs on long portages from east to west and north to south, Mattawa continues to bring people together at Canada’s crossroads, on the shoulder of the Trans Canada Highway (#17) and the shores of the Mattawa and Ottawa Rivers. For families travelling cross-country, for people who love off-road trails, for paddlers, fishing enthusiasts, snowmobilers, skiers, hikers and lovers of nature, Mattawa is the perfect place to stop, rest and take in all of the four-season glory Mother Nature has to offer. Come experience Mattawa Voyageur Country!


Have you had the chance to check out the regional tourism website? Check it out here @ The regional tourism website is maintained by the staff of the Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corportation and is routinely updated with events, accommodation information, and things to do while you visit the region. Make sure to check it out!

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The Véloroute Voyageur Cycling Route

The Véloroute Voyageur Cycling Route is Ontario’s next major cycling tourism experience spanning 380-km across Northeastern Ontario from the Ottawa Valley to Sudbury East. (see photo below) Following the path of the Voyageurs over 400 years ago along three heritage waterways and 200-km of the Trans Canada Trail, the vision is that the Voyageur Cycling Route will become part of the foundational provincial cycling network with direct connections to the Waterfront Trail’s Lake Huron North Channel Cycling Route, the Georgian Bay Cycling Route, and the National Capital Region.

In this initiative led by Discovery Routes, MBEDC representing its member communities, is one of a number of partners at a committee level who serve as project advisors, ambassadors and community links helping to ensure project success.

Here's a link to an article published by Northeastern Ontario Tourism. The article highlights a cycling route from Mattawa to Massey. The full article can be seen here.



In December of 2018 the MBEDC was a part of a committee that saw through a major marketing strategy put together for the Voyageur Cycling Route. With input from all of the regional members of the team, Ontario by Bike put this strategy together. To take a look at the full report, follow the link below.

VVCR Marketing Strategy Report (Dec 2018)

A letter of thanks was sent to the MBEDC Staff sent from the for their support and contributions to the Marketing Strategy Report. You can find it below.

2019-01-31 MBEDC

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The Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System (VMUTS) located in Mattawan, just outside of Mattawa offers 300 kms of four season exploration opportunities to ATVers, motocross riders, snowmobilers and horseback riders.  To increase awareness of this local gem and to attract more visitors to the region, The Mattawa-Bonfield Economic Development Corporation is working closely with the VMUTS new board of directors to establish and carry out an operating plan, including marketing tools and a trail maintenance plan.




Thanks to an opportunity brought to us as a result of our new partnership with OFATV, we are featured in GO RVing Canada's August publication.

A storyline submitted by MBEDC with photos supplied to us by Sid Turcotte Park showcases us THE destination for RV Campgrounds/ATV Trail Systems. 

Read the article here

Some changes since last season:

-To help riders better navigate the trails, we added some new directional signs earlier this season. Look for more soon! Made possible through rider funding support and funds through partnerships with MBEDC (Mattawa Bonfield Economic Development Corporation) and Destination Northern Ontario. PLEASE don't do like some and remove the signs!

-Thanks to rider support funds and a grant from the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development during an 8 week period, 4 people cleared brush on approx. 160 kms of the trail system. Grant funds helped to pay for labour costs, brushsaws, chainsaws and gas, ATV rental costs to take workers to and from the trails each day; additional insurance costs; worker safety training.

-Thanks to an OFATV grant and rider support funds, after the August long weekend, much needed repairs were made to Trail #11's surface were completed.

-GPS'ing of the entire trail system for the purpose of creating a new physical and online map for VMUTSsupporters is underway!

Your support goes a long way to help us make your ride on the trail system much more enjoyable!
Thanks to visiting riders from throughout Ontario, Canada and the USA the VMUTS is a key economic driver for our region. Fixed roof accommodation businesses, campgrounds, gas stations and restaurants all directly benefit from visiting rider stays and purchases. The Voyageur Multi - Use Trail System brings more visitors, more stays, more purchases, more money into our region!

Stay tuned..we have more in the works!

We would be remiss in not mentioning our private landowner partners. Without the formal right of passage land use agreements between them and VMUTS, riders could not get to or through many of their preferred trails in this Crown Land Nipissing Forest . Our friends and partners include MNRF and Nipissing Forest Resource Management. Your financial support of the VMUTS helps to ensure those private property access points for our rider supporters are included in our insurance policy.

Visit our NEW website for everything you need to know about our not for profit volunteer run organization. We appreciate everyone who financially supports our efforts and trail maintenance activities. Without you we could not do the things we do for ALL riders or our local businesses!




The MBEDC Secures VMUTS Directional Signage Funding

At their July board meetings, our Director of Economic Development Donna Maitland reported to the MBEDC and Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System (VMUTS) that Tourism Northern Ontario is partnering with MBEDC and VMUTS to acquire $5000 worth of directional signs. Improved and more trail signage will help to guide returning and the many new trail riders  and non-motorized trail users who are discovering VMUTS’ near 300 kms of trails for the first time this year.

A partnership formed with OFATV earlier this year has increased visitors to the area, resulting in more stays at all local accommodators and campgrounds, more fuel sales and more restaurant visits.

Stay tuned for news about the results of partnership activities underway with other  types of provincial based rider association groups!




On February 8, 2018, the Voyageur Multi-Use Trail System (VMUTS) Board of Directors voted unanimously to join and become a member of the Ontario Federation of All-Terrain Vehicles, This is exciting news for ATVers across the province and for businesses within the Mattawa-Bonfield region.

In keeping with its mandate to coordinate, promote and maintain a regional multi-use trail system, the VMUTS Board of Directors is working on a number of other user group partnerships and affililiations. Stay tuned!

For now, through the partnership with OFATV, ATVers buy their passes via OFATV and have access to a number of trails across the province.
Local ATVers who have in the past supported trail maintenance and admin costs through the purchase a trail pass - we will be in touch soon.

All other trail users will continue to enjoy the Voyageur Multi Use Trail System just as they always have, no change; via a VMUTS trail pass. The pass purchase system is in the works!

An updated, modern website is in the works and will soon be launched.

In the article below, Dave Baker, President of the Ontario Federation of ATV Clubs, enthusiastically shares the news of the OFATV/VMUTS partnership, and what it means for riders from across the province AND for the region's tourism sector.…/vmuts-of-mattawa-joins…


This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada (THE MINISTRY OF ADVANCED EDUCATION SKILLS DEVELOPMENT)


Trail 11 Before:

Trail 11 After:


Improvements on Trail #13:

This trail was nearly inaccessible.

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