we are focused on sustainability

Our Mission

Making trails better, making better trails.

Our values

We believe in a sustainable future. Trails are an invaluable community asset that provide recreational opportunities for communities.  To ensure a sustainable future for our trails requires a balancing of the social, economic and environmental aspects of the Sustainability Equation, as represented in the three leaves of our logo.

our goal

Guided by our pursuit of a sustainable future, our goal is to provide cost effective, realistic and relevant strategies to construct & plan new networks or improve existing trails.  We create robust partnerships with community stakeholders to create long term planning strategies that expands socioeconomic opportunity while minimizing ecological impact and mitigating risk.

our team

Avid outdoor enthusiasts, we are passionate about trails.  
Our team of professionals hold decades of experience in community & recreation planning, trail design & management, risk assessment & safety planning.   We are experienced in stakeholder engagement and community outreach to create effective long term strategies that balance regional needs and serve all. Each Trail Holistics team member possesses a number of unique skills, providing a diversified expertise to create inspirational results. 
More on our team HERE


process

Our comprehensive approach begins with the initial Discovery phase in which client objectives are determined and goals are identified. Data is then collected during the field assessment. After analysis of the data set and dialogue with the technical working group, we create a relevant & realistic plan to achieve prioritized goals, set appropriate budgets and create an action plan that fulfills objectives and maximizes potential.

field assessment

Utilizing current guidelines & standards, government regulations and evolving industry best practices, we conduct a thorough and objective assessment to identify hazards and deficiencies in the network while uncovering future potential and opportunities for improvement. During the field assessment, we are able to analyze a number of variables including impact, risk and user pressure while creating a catalogue of assets, classification and inventory of trails. Employing the use of electromagnetic trail counters and a formalized assessment template provide sound methodology to create a base line for objective data sets.  We distill this information into an easy to understand and usable format to provide a best way forward based on current status.


results

The analysis of gathered field data leads to the creation of concise planning strategies to manage identified goals. Our summary reports include mapping of assets, slope analysis, deficiencies and areas of concern,  providing a baseline for future planning and monitoring. This comprehensive process serves to create sound management plans with clear recommendations, budgets and timelines and serve as the basis for sound risk management strategies.

 This safety audit in Valemount, BC provided clients with a sound risk management strategy based on assessed structure inventory, classification of trails and a comprehensive signage plan.

This safety audit in Valemount, BC provided clients with a sound risk management strategy based on assessed structure inventory, classification of trails and a comprehensive signage plan.

Plan, design & construction

Our planning services include Master Planning, Feasibility Studies, trail surveyance, signage plans & mapping, slope analysis, bridge and structure rendering & 3 D modelling, erosion resistant tread surfaces and integrated safety features.
We are experts at improving existing trails or planning and constructing entirely new networks.

No step in the process of constructing a new trail is more important than surveying a detailed, carefully considered route. A well-surveyed trail that is badly constructed can later be brought up to standard. A poorly surveyed trail, even though built by expert crews, will forever suffer from the initial failure to plan it properly.
— Robert C Birkby "Lightly on the Land"
 Contractor ready renderings result in clear cost projections and consistent results in field construction.

Contractor ready renderings result in clear cost projections and consistent results in field construction.


education

Our workshops and field training sessions provide the knowledge base and valuable hands-on learning opportunities to increase capacity and improve effectiveness. The graduated training sessions provide participants with working knowledge of current safety, construction and assessment standards, guidelines and sustainable construction techniques for all types of trails.

The sessions and curriculum were great. The duration and material were both very good. With the information provided in level one, we could make a 90% improvement on most of our trails with a little planning and thought.
— Steven McBain, Cumberland
For more information on the services we provide,
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