The next Great Lake - 1400km from Windsor to Quebec!
Stretching 720km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario and the provincial shores of the St. Lawrence River, the Waterfront Trail connects 41 communities and over 182 parks and natural features. In 2013 the Waterfront Trail will expand westwards along Lake Erie, adding a second Great Lake and 27 new waterfront communities along a signed, mostly on-road route. This work has been accomplished in partnership with communities in south west Ontario, Carolinian Canada Coalition, Transportation Options and Share the Road. In further enhances the vibrant and diverse Waterfront Trail and offers another 620km of wonderful Ontario waterfront to enjoy. Click to see the trail highlights.
Regeneration In Action
Ontario Place and Waterfront Trail Revitalization
The Province is transforming the site of Ontario Place to make it a year-round, multi-use waterfront community and urban park for everyone to enjoy. Provide your views in the series of public meetings, live webcasts and online opportunities at key stages in the design process. Join the conversation at #OntarioPlace. WRT is pleased to serve on the Stakeholder Advisory Committee and encourages you to participate as well.
Come out for the kick off meeting:
Town of Oakville-Tannery and Waterworks Parks Shoreline Improvements
The shoreline along Tannery and Waterworks Parks, between Sixteen Mile Creek and Kerr Street south of Walker Street, is in poor condition. The Town of Oakville is considering improvements to the shoreline as identified in the 2007 Oakville Harbour West Shore Master Plan. In 2013, the Town of Oakville retained Shoreplan Engineering Limited to complete the Tannery and Waterworks Parks Shoreline Improvements Project under the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA). To follow the project visit the Town's website by clicking here. [November 2013]
The strategy is designed to guide Ontario’s future actions to protect the Great Lakes and recognizes the contribution of the Waterfront Trail in connecting people to their Great Lakes.The document describes current challenges and opportunities facing our Great Lakes. Read the Strategy
At the same time, the province introduced a proposed Great Lakes Protection Act to restore and protect our Great Lakes to keep them drinkable, swimmable and fishable. Learn more about this important piece of legislation.
WRT heads to Google Mapping Conference
The Waterfront Regeneration Trust recieved a grant from Google for development and use of their professional mapping software. Through this program, Peter Lipscombe recieved a spot at the 2013 Google Mapping Summit sponsored by the Google Outreach program. The 4-day long conference in San Fransisco, California will cover the latest tools in online mapping and visualization tools to help us create new ways to discover the trail on redesigned Waterfront Trail website coming in the new year.
With all the improvements on the waterfront, there remain critical priorities for the Waterfront Trail. Establishing an active transportation route to connect Belleville and Trenton, resurfacing the Murray Canal, resurfacing the St. Lawrence Bikeway, and perhaps above all--rerouting the Waterfront Trail through Lynde Shores CA and off the treacherous Bayly/Victoria Road. The Trust continues to bring these priorities to the attention of senior government for consideration.
While the past decade saw hundreds of large and small transformations of the water's edge, the next will witness local communities along Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River taking bold steps to improve their waterfronts. Here are some of the initiatives to improve Lake Ontario's waterfront.
Interesting facts about Canada's first National Urban Park:
Improvements coming to the Thousand Islands Parkway
On July 28th, 2008, Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) celebrated the opening of Mimico Waterfront Park – Phase I.
Queen's Quay Boulevard
Waterfront Toronto is transforming this street into an iconic waterfront boulevard that will better accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. It will become the gateway to Toronto's waterfront experience and for many the introduction to the Waterfront Trail.
Water's edge promenade from Sugar Beach to Sherborne Common
Eventually this promenade will extend to Parliament Street. Located at the water's edge, it features landscaping, benches, and a generous promenade and boardwalk.
Port Union Waterfront Trail
Phase One moved the Trail to the water's edge and created new aquatic habitat from Highland Creek to Port Union, very close to the Rouge GO Station. The second phase underway will extend the water's edge experience to the mouth of the Rouge River and the entrance to Pickering's stunning section of Waterfront Trail. Toronto Region Conservation is the lead partner on the project. Project is expected to open Summer of 2012.
Completed in 2010. The park features a wide open greenspace, a skating rink that doubles as a splash pad in the summer, a striking zinc-clad Pavilion, and a stunning water channel with three dramatic art sculptures. Sherbourne Common will become a well-used destination for city residents and visitors all year-round. Moreover the park plays an important role in treating the neighbourhood stormwater.
Ajax once had a thriving beach waterfront-- and so it might once again. The Town has completed an exciting and successful public consultation process to learn what people wanted for the waterfront.
Jane Forrester Park
$15 M project to rejunvenate the park and eliminate the discharge of contaminated run-off into the Bay of Quinte. A Special Public Realm Canadian Urban Institute Brownie was awarded to Meyers Pier Redevelopment from Belleville on November 3, 2010. The contaminated site was renamed Jane Forrester Park and redeveloped into a vibrant public park, with a revitalized marina. It has inspired investment in the area around the park site and helped revitalize the waterfront. Read the Intelligencer article on the award.
The Morrisburg Waterfront Advisory Committee presented their conceptual plan for the waterfront in June 2012, which Montreal-based landscape architect Wendy Graham says “sets out a vision” for the waterfront. The Committee will report to Township Council in the Fall. Elements in the concept plan include getting small boats on the water with the help of a breakwater, more dockside food options, and a lit pathway for walking and biking.
The Morrisburg Waterfront Committee was established by the Council of the Township of South Dundas in June 2011 to investigate and determine a plan for the development of the Morrisburg Waterfront. The Iroquois Waterfront Committee will report its findings in the future. For more information and the presentation to Council visit the Committee's website. [http://www.windowontheriver.com/]
By the conclusion of 2010 there will be sixteen new improvements and enhancements to the Waterfront Trail. People are so excited about the additions that they are sending photos to the Trust. A special congratulations to Cobourg Town Council and the Fullerton Family for reaching an exciting agreement setting the stage for a extension of the Trail at the water's edge.
1. Grimsby Peace Park
2. Pedestrian Bridge over QEW in Hamilton (connecting Waterfront Trail to Red Hill Valley Trail)
3. Lakeside Park Restoration, Mississauga
4. Trail Resurfacing through JC Saddington Park, Mississauga
5. Waterfront Trail improvements at Ontario Place, Toronto
6. Wave Decks, Toronto
7. Sugar Beach, Toronto
8. Sherbourne Park, Toronto
9. Signed Route through Eastern Toronto (Scarborough)
10. First Nation's Gateway, Pickering
11. Carruthers Marsh Pavilion, Ajax
12. Resurfacing of Trail from Anstead Crescent to Pickering Beach Road, Ajax
13. Lakefront West Park, Oshawa
14. Expansion of the waterfront boardwalk west to Hibernia Street, Cobourg
15. Frontenac Arch Biosphere receives Geotourism Charter from National Geographic Society’s Centre for Sustainable Destinations.
16. Improvements to Charlottenburgh Park, Township of South Glengarry
WATERFRONT TRAIL EXTENSION ALONG PORT WELLER SPIT--COMPLETE!
|Niagara Region and the City of St.Catharines have partnered to develop a 2.7 km extension to the Waterfront Trail in Port Weller. The water’s edge trail will extend along the Port Weller Spit to a scenic lookout, where users will be treated to spectacular views of Lake Ontario. The new trail will also complete the Welland Canal Trail, which is part of the Greater Niagara Circle Route. Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2008. Complete!||
HAMILTON RECEIVES FUNDING FOR BRIDGE OVER QEW
On March 28th, the Ontario government announced that Hamilton will receive $14 million in funding to create a Recreational Trail Hub and Waterfront Link, which will include a signature pedestrian bridge across the QEW between Burlington Street and Centennial Parkway. The Trail and Waterfront Link will increase public access to the waterfront, create more opportunities for recreation and leisure, foster tourism, restore natural habitat and ultimately enhance the image of Hamilton. Complete!
Proposed bridge design
SIGNING SCARBOROUGH WATERFRONT TRAIL
One of the most significant gaps in the Waterfront Trail just got a whole lot smaller. As you know the long-term goal for the Waterfront Trail is to create a dedicated route as close to the water’s edge as is environmentally feasible. In Scarborough, such an alignment is decades away, necessitating the creation of a street-based interim route that connects Toronto and Durham.
Thanks to Councillor Paul Ainslie and the City of Toronto’s Pedestrian and Cycling Infrastructure Department, Waterfront Trail signs have been installed from Bellamy Road to the Rouge River Park this June (2008). The route offers cyclists and walkers a lovely tour of residential streets, avoiding Kingston Road, and links them to the wonderful Port Union Waterfront Trail-Phase One, which was completed by Toronto Region Conservation in 2006. Phase Two began earlier this year and once completed (2011) will establish a waterfront trail from the Port Union GO station to the mouth of the Rouge River.
In addition and thinking more long-term, the Toronto Region Conservation Authority is leading a public consultation process to create a plan for the Scarborough waterfront. The Trust has participated in stakeholder consultations to date and looks forward to working with the TRCA on the Scarborough Section of Waterfront Trail. Complete!
IMPROVEMENTS ON THE WAY FOR BAYLY STREET
Major improvements are on the way for the notorious stretch of Trail along Bayly Rd in Whitby. This stretch along Bayly Street has been a long-standing area of concern for the Trust and Waterfront Trail users due to the high vehicle speeds, narrow shoulders and dangerous bridge crossing. The Region of Durham is moving forward in its plans to widen Bayly Street between Ajax and Whitby, including a 3m wide off-road trail on the south side of Bayly which will connect to the existing Waterfront Trail at Halls Road in the West and to Whitby Shores Greenway in the east. These improvements, which also include a viewing platform on the south side of the bridge overlooking the Lynde Shores Conservation Area, will improve the quality, safety and comfort of this stretch for Trail users.
CRCA PLANS LAND ACQUISITION
The Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) has announced plans to raise $1 million to buy a substantial portion of the Bayview Wetland, west of Kingston. The CRCA will buy 700 acres with help from its fund-raising arm, the Cataraqui Conservation Foundation, and community partners including Loyalist Township. This is a highly desirable property acquisition since it is located along an inland corridor linking Parrott’s Bay to Collins Bay/Lemoine Point. The CRCA is hopeful that a trail loop might someday link the Bayview property to the Waterfront Trail, along Lake Ontario.
EASTERN GATEWAY TO ONTARIO’S WATERFRONT TRAIL RECEIVES FUNDING
Canada Build Funding secured to establish the Waterfront Trail and Greenway from Lancaster to Curry Hill
The Township of South Glengarry secured $2.6 million from the Canada Build program to establish the Waterfront Trail and Greenway from Lancaster to Curry Hill. With a local contribution of $1.3 million, this amounts to a total investment of $3.9 million. The project will significantly improve the safety and quality of the experience for people using Ontario’s Waterfront Trail and Greenway. Further, since the Waterfront Trail now connects directly to Quebec’s 4,300 km cycling system, la Route verte, the County’s project will also greatly enhance Ontario’s “front door” for visitors arriving from Quebec.
The project involves the full rehabilitation of the road surface and the installation of generous two-metre bike lanes and signage on both sides of a 12 km section of the South Service Roadway. With its completion one of the few remaining gaps in the Waterfront Trail east of Cornwall will be closed. The project is expected to start in June 2009 and will be completed in late fall 2009.
Making the Connections: Welcome Kiosk at the Border Complete
|Last July the Trust announced funding from the Ministry of Tourism to install trail signage and construct a welcome kiosk at the border of Ontario and Quebec. The Township of South Glengarry has completed construction of the kiosk and trailhead signs will be installed in the structure in the spring. The funding also included the installation of blue tourism signs promoting both the Waterfront Trail and la Route verte on the road at the border of Ontario and Quebec. Click here for more info.|
Together the two projects —the kiosk and the installation of the
bike lanes will provide trail users with a well marked, safe and welcoming
eastern gateway to Ontario’s Waterfront Trail.