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 asset that provide recreational and economic opportunities for communities.  We work with communities and government towards a sustainable future by balancing the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainability, 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 forge robust partnerships with stakeholders to create long term planning strategies that expand socioeconomic opportunity while minimizing ecological impact and managing risks.

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 strategies that balance regional needs. 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 consultation where objectives are determined and goals identified. Data is then collected during the field assessment to determine feasibility and the best way forward. After analysis of the data set, we create a relevant & realistic plan to achieve prioritized goals and create an action plan that fulfills objectives and maximizes potential.

field assessment

Utilizing current guidelines & standards, including regulatory requirements and evolving industry best practices, we conduct an objective assessment to identify hazards and deficiencies in the network while uncovering future potential and opportunities for improvement. During the 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.


We distill information into an easy to understand and usable format.


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. This comprehensive process serves to create effective management plans with clear recommendations, cost projections and timelines to serve as the basis for sustainable strategies including risk management.

This safety audit in Valemount, BC served to create a sound risk management strategy based on assessed structure inventory, classification of trails and a Signage Plan to uphold regulatory requirements and Duty to Care.

This safety audit in Valemount, BC served to create a sound risk management strategy based on assessed structure inventory, classification of trails and a Signage Plan to uphold regulatory requirements and Duty to Care.

SLOPE ANALYSIS

We conduct a thorough slope analysis to identify complex areas, slope hydrology, soil analysis and opportune terrain. Our plans are based on working in harmony with regional factors and given terrain. Too often development fails to first assess slope features resulting in high maintenance costs in future and at times, irreconcilable issues.


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 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. To see a list of our courses, click HERE.

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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