Welcome to HapWilson.com

Trail Planning & Green Design

A concise masterplan that fits the environment and your budget. Bio and cultural surveys, exploring local resources, volunteer management, gps ground-truthing and overall costing. Constructing a green plan for trails that’s best for you and the environment.

Because we often work in sensitive vegetative areas where oil spray from regular commercial chain oil can seriously harm plant and animal life; we are sure to make use of biodegradable chain-oil for our chainsaws.

Trail Construction

Using preferred eco-friendly hand tools and machinery only where practical, sculpting natural base trails or using compacted materials where required, based on sustainable techniques. A well-designed trail will save money in maintenance in the long run.

“Your trails are so beautifully cut that I am in awe every time I walk them. So I am writing to thank you for having created them and for allowing us to use them. There are no words to describe the feeling I have when I walk them and I don’t really know why they evoke such happiness in me but they do, and for that I am so very, very grateful. I just wanted to let you know that…”


~From the neighbour of a Hap Wilson-EcoTrailbuilders client.

Trail Structures

Whether engineered or simple, boardwalks and bridge construction is our specialty. The majority of structures are simple, floating boardwalks or low puncheons and we also construct safe, anchored observation decks and wildlife viewing stations. Some of our earlier structures have lasted over 30 years.


A hallmark of our designed trails are benchcuts and switchbacks, rock armouring, stone steps, retaining walls, accents and rock or chainsaw-carved art sculptures. Within a year of construction, our trails look like they’ve been there naturally for decades.

This hut for an art camp in Muskoka Woods will later be given a canvas roof.

Support Structures

These include warm-up chalets, sugar shacks, trailhead kiosks, maintenance buildings and interpretive signage boards.

Water Trails or Canoe & Kayak Routes

All routes are graded for difficulty, including any fast-water or tidal fluctuations, ground-truthed and gps mapped. A full cultural and bio-survey is completed along with detailed cartographic representation.

Wayfinding & Signage

We have a background in safety-coded directional signs and wayfinding systems, artistic cartography/trail maps, interpretive illustration and trailhead signs. We also do structural art such as chainsaw carvings and wood-sculpted art.

Boardwalks can make a trail more accessible and help to keep users on the desired path.

Risk Management Consulting

Risk management is an important facet of trail design and “duty-of-care” in order to avoid liability issues. The complete trail design package also includes a risk management protocol, evacuation logistics, safety specifics.

Education & Training

We are often engaged in skills training initiatives. Talk to us about setting up a program regarding sustainable trail construction and maintenance.

Photography & Marketing

We have 30-years experience in graphic design and photography, map and brochure design, marketing and promotions.

Look outs and rest areas help to make a trail more appreciated by it’s users.

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Our Clients Include: Canada Parks, Trans Canada Trails, Canadian Heritage River Systems, Manitoba Tourism, Manitoba Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry Of Natural Resources, Ontario Nature Federation, Canadian Recreational Canoeing Association, Township Of Seguin, Aspen Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, J.W. Marriott Resort Inn Muskoka (200km. Ski, Bike & Hike), Inn At Manitou Relais Et Chateau, Earthroots.


Hap Wilson – Eco Trailbuilders is endorsed by Ontario Trails Council.