2020 Summer Adventure — Celebrate 25 Years of the Waterfront Trail With 10 Great Weeks of Cycling
As parts of the province moved into Stage 2 and 3, we launched A Summer Adventure 2020, featuring a favourite trip idea every week. Aimed at recreational cyclists, the 2-3 day suggestions focus on rides of 30 to 60 km, off-bike activities and hiking suggestions in places people may not have been as familiar with. Professional photographer Martin Lortz created a beautiful photo essays for each week. Promoted through our social media channels, it has reached over 212,000 people.
Protecting, Connecting, Celebrating–The Work Program
While the annual Great Waterfront Trail Adventure had to be postponed, there has been exciting progress on a number of initiatives including:
- Expansion from Sudbury to Simcoe with completion of maps, signage audits in Simcoe and route discussions with Shawanga First Nation. We thank Simcoe County, RTO 7 and Ministry of Heritage Sport Tourism and Culture Industries for their support.
- Development of the Great Lakes to Greenbelt Watershed Cycling network with 3 new connections partnership with the Greenbelt Foundation (see below).
- Wayfinding excellence on the Greenbelt in partnership with the Greenbelt Foundation.
- Wayfinding excellence in the GTA in partnership with Trans Canada Trail.
- Feasibility Study and Assessment for Improvements to the Lake Huron North Channel section of the Trail in partnership with Destination Northern Ontario and Trans Canada Trail.
- Sponsoring a waterfront category in the Sarnia-Lambton Ontario Tourism Innovation Spark Program, awarded to the Historical Society Walk in Port Lambton.
- Pilot project evaluating the effectiveness of wayfinding decals in Whitby with support from the Town of Whitby, and the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority and Stinson Owl-lite. If successful, decals on the trail surface have the potential to address a number of navigational challenges, particularly where there are forks in the path.
- Creation of the Rouge Marsh Boardwalk from the mouth of the Rouge River to the Glen Rouge Campground, now part of the Rouge National Urban Park in partnership with Parks Canada.
- Participating in a number of stakeholder consultations and committees relating to transformative projects on the waterfront.
Lake Ontario Watershed Network