Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

Great Lakes Waterfront Trail

The extension of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail will run through Collingwood

Collingwood Council has agreed to advise the Waterfront Regeneration Trust that it wishes to participate in the extension of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail into the Town of Collingwood. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust was established in 1988. It is the non-profit organization leading the movement to create a Waterfront Trail for the Canadian Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.

The Town will supply hardware and labour for the installation of the required Great Lakes Waterfront Trail signage on roads which are under the municipality’s jurisdiction.

Dean Collver, Director of Parks, Recreation & Culture for the Town of Collingwood sees the opportunity to tie in to the extension of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail as an added bonus in promoting our already well known trail system. “As everybody knows our trail system is well promoted and the Georgian Trail has been around for quite a while. This is an opportunity for the community to co-brand and basically grow that trail network pretty much provincially to help encourage use in tourism and active transportation.”

Deputy Mayor Brian Saunderson says this is another good news story for Collingwood. “It allows us to utilize existing trails and infrastructure to become part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail and join 114 other waterfront municipalities connected by 2,100 km. of trail along the great lakes system. Collingwood is known across the Province and Canada for our extensive trail system and this will allow us to leverage those trails to promote recreation and active living for tourists and our residents alike.”

The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail was created to protect, connect and celebrate the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes and currently stretches over 2100 km along the shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, Lake Huron and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers. The first section of the GLWT was established along the Lake Ontario shoreline between Trenton and Stoney Creek in 1995. It now connects 114 communities along with hundreds of greenspaces including wetlands, forests, parks and beaches.

The trails use existing infrastructure including local, county, provincial roads and trail routes. The proposed route through Collingwood would run along the Georgian Trail from the west, through Harbourview Park to end at Birch Street. At this time Collingwood is to serve as the eastern terminus of the Trail expansion until further funding opportunities come available.

Users of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail will enjoy breathtaking views of Collingwood Harbour, Nottawasaga Bay and the Niagara Escarpment.

Town staff and council agree that the primary benefits of becoming a part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail would be to enhance tourism opportunities and promote area recreation and active transportation. For some time, the Town has identified a growing market for tourism related cycling and spinoff benefits to local businesses, such as accommodation, dining, grocery shopping, support services and local attractions.

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