World Trails Conference 2024

September 30, to October 3, 2024
Ottawa, ON

The World Trails Conference is a global gathering of trail experts, trail managers and builders, trail destinations, enthusiasts and academics, who meet every two years to share knowledge, network and and shape the future of trail experiences around the world.

Hosted in partnership by Trans Canada Trail and the World Trail Network (WTN), this year’s conference takes place in Ottawa from September 30 to October 3 and will focus on the theme Connecting People, Places and the Planet. Explore the profound bonds that link humanity to the natural world and develop a new understanding of how our trails impact the environment, communities and each other. This theme encourages a holistic perspective and celebrates the intricate web of connections that shape our trails. Sessions and discussion will explore:

Climate and nature: Delve into the essential intersection of human activity and the environment, addressing the pressing concerns of climate change, biodiversity loss, and the imperative for sustainable practices.
Regenerative tourism: Uncover the transformative potential of tourism as a catalyst for positive change, focusing on revitalizing communities, nurturing art and culture, and harnessing technology to enhance the visitor experience.
Resilient trails sector: Explore how diverse participation, community collaboration and innovative operational models contribute to a thriving trail sector, with a strong emphasis on education, inclusion and knowledge sharing.

Registration is open

Registration includes access to four days of conference activities, including keynotes speakers, presentations, workshops, trail outings, meals and receptions.

The conference is being held at the Delta Hotels Ottawa City Centre. Discounted hotel accommodations at the Delta are available for registered attendees.

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More details about the 2024 World Trails Conference can be found at the official conference website:

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Parliament Hill photo credit: Ottawa Tourism