Historic Sydenham Outdoor Escape Adventure at the Lakes and Trails Festival

The Spirit of Sydenham Awaits!

Small towns are full of mysteries. Some people talk, but others do not. Sydenham’s hearsay tells us that a body went missing, but whose body was it? Only a revealing walk through the history of this town will tell. Come to the Lakes and Trails Festival, July 17 , the Point Park, Sydenham to participate.

The spirit of this unidentified body is unable to rest until you find out who he was, and why he was so fond of the village of Sydenham. You are the experts who will solve this crime.

The Historic Sydenham Outdoor Adventure Walk is part of the Lakes and Trails Festival, a celebration of our active lifestyle, natural beauty and history.

You’ll start at the detective’s tent located it the Point Park Festival headquarters. Two bumbling detectives will tell you the little they know and then turn the crime over to you. You will be given a map, a bag of clues, and a clue decoder card. To solve the mystery, you will visit the places where the mysterious man’s descendants spent time. You will find out more about these places as you read diary entries written by his youngest grandson, William. At each location, you will gather a clue that will help to confirm his identity. At the end of your adventure, you can confirm your solution at the detective’s tent. And, if you softly whisper his name into the wind, you will possibly meet his spirit and win a prize.

The Historic Sydenham Outdoor Escape Adventure should take about 60 minutes and involves walking a 2-kilometre paved and gravel route around the village. It will be best enjoyed in small COVID-respecting groups working together, 2-8 people, with 4-6 as the optimal size.

No pre-registration is required.  Come anytime between 8:30 and noon to the Point Park, Sydenham on July 17.

For information on the cycling, bike tune-up clinic and paddling events at the Festival visit our website, https://lakesandtrailsfestival.org/, and Facebook Page.

We look forward to seeing you on July 17th.

Lakes and Trails Festival Increases the Number Allowed at Events

The number of people who can participate in The Lakes and Trails Festival Family Cycle and Short Canoe on Sydenham Lake has increased. Both events “sold out” within days of the first preregistration starting.

The relaxing of COVID restrictions allowed the events to take more participants.  Those who are interested can now pre-register at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lakes-trails-2021-tickets-159996819795

All events are free.  The Festival runs from 8:30 am to 1 pm on Saturday, July 17 at the Point Park in Sydenham.

The Family Cycle is an 8-kilometre bike on a flat off-road trail beside Sydenham Lake starting at 9:30 or 10:30.   Suitable for all ages and abilities.

A short paddle on Sydenham Lake will take about an hour, starts at 10am and will tour the west end of the lake.

Other pre-registered events include:

  • 21-kilometre Bike-Around-the-Lake group rides (9am and 10am). The route is a mixture of trails and quiet country roads going around Sydenham Lake.
  • A longer paddle circumnavigating Sydenham Lake, about 3 hours, which starts at 9am.
  • A bike tune-up/ repair station run by GearUp Kingston. Half hour time slots are available from 9am to 12:30.

Self- guided activities include: (no pre-registration required)

  • a cycle route up to Desert Lake, 35 kilometers on hilly country roads suitable for advanced riders.
  • a walk around historic Sydenham to identify Points of interest.

Participants in the Festival will receive a festival ball cap on completion of their activity and be invited to pick-up lunch and shop at the many stores and restaurants in South Frontenac.

The Festival is a community celebration of South Frontenac’s natural environment, active lifestyle and history.

Please follow our website, https://lakesandtrailsfestival.org/, and Facebook Page for links to registration, other updates and to contact the Festival.

Have Your Bike Tuned-up in Sydenham

A bike tune-up service is being offered at this year’s July 17th Lakes and Trails Festival.  The service is being provided by Gear Up! Kingston.

Gear Up! Recycled Bikes is a social enterprise founded in 2016 and operated by Cycle Kingston.  They provide youth with life skills and foundational employment skills, while providing less expensive transportation options for people living in the region.

Bike tune ups take about half an hour and will be offered from 9am to 12:30. Please per-register online: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lakes-trails-2021-tickets-159996819795.

Make sure and scroll down for the later times.

The service is pay-what you can.  A suggested donation of $30 for one bike or $20 per bike for a family, would help off-set the cost of materials and labour.

The Lakes and Trails Festival, and the tune-up service, will be held in the Point Park, Sydenham.  Other activities include Family and Round-the-Lake bike rides, canoeing and kayaking on Sydenham Lake and a historical scavenger hunt in Sydenham village.

Lakes and Trails Festival Registration Opens

Online Registration for all group events and the bicycle tune-up clinic at the July 17 Lakes and Trails Festival is now available at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/lakes-trails-2021-tickets-159996819795.

Registration is open for the:

  • 9:30am and 10:30am Family Cycle: an 8-kilometre route on a flat off-road trail beside Sydenham Lake. Suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • 9:00am and 10:00am Bike-Around-the- Lake: a 21-kilometre route on trails and quiet country roads going around Sydenham Lake.
  • 9:00am long paddle circumnavigating Sydenham Lake, about 3 hours.
  • 10:00am short paddle on Sydenham Lake, about one hour
  • bike tune-up/ repair station in half hour intervals running from 9:00am to 12:30 run by GearUp Kingston.

Scroll down the registration page for all events.

All activities are free.  The tune -up clinic is pay what you can with a suggested donation of $30 for individuals and $20 per bike for families to help cover the costs of materials and labour.

Self-guided, any-time, activities include:

  • a cycle route up to Desert Lake, 35 kilometers on hilly country roads suitable for advanced riders.
  • a historical scavenger hunt to identify Points of interest around Sydenham.

All events start at the Point Park in Sydenham, South Frontenac.

Participants in the Festival will receive a festival ball cap on completion of their activity and be invited to pick-up lunch and shop at the many stores and restaurants in South Frontenac.  The Festival is a community celebration of South Frontenac’s natural environment, active lifestyle and history.

Donations are welcome and volunteers needed.

The 2021 Lakes and Trails Festival – July 17, the Point Park

The 2021 Lakes and Trails Festival will feature small group cycling and paddling activities, and a self -guided historical walk/ scavenger hunt.

Pre-registration for all group activities will be required. Registration will open on June 21. The Festival will begin in the morning with specific times for each event announced when registration opens.

All activities will be within public health guidelines and are subject to change if the situation changes.  Groups will initially be limited to 10 people and could increase or be cancelled if the regulations change.  

The 2021 Lakes and Trails festival activities are:

  • 8-kilometre family cycles on a flat off-road trail beside Sydenham Lake.  Suitable for all ages and abilities.
  • 21-kilometre Bike-Around-the- Lake group rides.  The route is a mixture of trails and quiet country roads going around Sydenham Lake.
  • A short paddle on Sydenham Lake, about one hour, and a longer paddle circumnavigating Sydenham Lake, about 3 hours.
  • A bike tune-up/ repair station run by GearUp Kingston.

Self- guided activities include:

  • a cycle route up to Desert Lake, 35 kilometers on hilly country roads suitable for advanced riders.
  • a walk around historic Sydenham to identify Points of interest.

Participants in the Festival will receive a festival ball cap on completion of their activity and be invited to pick-up lunch and shop at the many stores and restaurants in South Frontenac. 

The Lakes and Trails Festival is based out of the Point Park in Sydenham.  It started in 2017. The Festival is a community celebration of South Frontenac’s natural environment, active lifestyle and history.

a walk around historic Sydenham to identify Points of interest.

All activities are free. Donations are welcome and volunteers needed.

Please follow our website, https://lakesandtrailsfestival.org/, and Facebook Page for links to registration, other updates and to contact the Festival.  

We look forward to seeing you on July 17th.

Lakes and Trails Festival 2021

The 2021 Lakes and Trails Festival Is Happening

The Organizing Committee of the Lakes and Trails Festival recently met and developed a format and set of activities that should respect probable COVID limitations. The 2021 Festival l will take place on Saturday July 17.

The Festival will include walking, cycling and boating activities that will highlight our community’s lakes, trails, history and meet likely safety protocols.  Participants will be invited to:

1)      Walk a scavenger hunt in historic Sydenham.  Historical interpreters will be available throughout the village to help individuals and families at a safe distance;

2)      Cycle in groups of 10 on a 10-kilometer family cycle, or join one of the groups cycling around Sydenham Lake: a favorite Festival event. Cyclists can also participate individually or in self-selected groups on one of numerous routes that follow the trails and quiet rural roads round Sydenham. Maps with local sites of interest will be provided;

3)      Paddle a poker-run/scavenger hunt to explore beautiful Sydenham Lake and Eel Bay.  

After participating in one or more of the Festival events participants will be eligible for Lakes and Trails memorabilia, invited to swim at the public beach in the Point Park and encouraged to shop at the many stores and restaurants in South Frontenac. 

The organizing committee will be working closely with the KFL+A Public Health Unit to ensure the safety of all participants. It is felt that all these events can proceed under most scenarios.

The Lakes and Trails Festival is based out of the Point Park in Sydenham.  It started in 2017. The Festival is a community celebration of South Frontenac’s natural environment, active lifestyle and history.

All activities are free, though donations are welcome. Pre-registration for the small group bike rides will likely be necessary.

Please follow our website, https://lakesandtrailsfestival.org/, and Facebook Page for updates.

We look forward to seeing you on July 17th.

2020 Lakes and Trails Festival Postponed to July 17, 2021

The Lakes and Trails Organizing Committee has decided to postpone the fourth annual Lakes and Trails festival to July 17, 2021.  The committee felt it likely that larger gatherings would not be allowed, and, either way, by the time any government directives were issued it would be too late to effectively organize the Festival.  We want to thank everyone who donated to this year’s Festival, volunteered to help and expressed an interest in coming.  We hope you will hold onto that support and come out in 2021.  Look forward to seeing you all then.

Hats and More at the Lakes and Trails Festival

Everyone who participates in an activity at the Lakes and Trails Festival will receive a hat. Everyone who registers will get a ticket for lunch and an ice cream cone. Those that try the cycle skills course will get a bell for their bike. And there is a bike mechanic to help you with simple repairs.

What you need to do is come along prepared to join in where you can. Walk, bike, paddle, swim, and/or enjoy the music, company and good food. Basically, come out and have a good time.

Did we mention that there is a clean lake to cool off in, shade to listen to music under, and ice to keep your water cold? If you have one, bring your reusable water bottle. If not, no worries, we have some for free from the Public Health Unit.
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The Lakes and Trails Festival is this Saturday, July 20, from 9-2 in the Point Park, Sydenham. Everyone is welcome; come any time; all events, lunch and music are free.

Walk Historic Sydenham at the Lakes and Trails Festival

The third annual Lakes and Trails Festival on July 20 in Sydenham Ontario features an interpreted walk of the historic village

Sydenham is a historic village dating back to early 1800s.  It is home to Canada’s longest continually running general store and has vibrant industrial and cultural history.

The walk of historic Sydenham follows a 2-kilometre route with local history interpreters.  The historic interpreters will be on the route from 10:30 am to 1pm.

Go at your own pace.  The walk starts at The Point Park.  Come at a time convenient to you and hear stories from Sydenham’s past.

If you want a longer walk, a group of walkers will be walking to Harrowsmith and back (12kilometres total) on the Cataraqui trail leaving the Festival registration desk at 9am.

Sydenham is also close to the junction of the Cataraqui Trail, the K+P Trail and the Rideau Trail.  Frontenac Provincial Park is only 12 Kilometers north.  All provide wonderful hiking options. 

After the walk stay for a free community lunch – donations appreciated – and a live music concert in the Point Park with the Saggy Bottom Boyz from noon to 2.

Other events include paddling on the lake, cycling around the lake, a cycle skills competition, a children’s music concert with Gary Raspberry, a dragon boat and a variety of other activities and booths. Join-in where you can. 

Registration begins at 9:00 in Sydenham’s Point Park and the music ends at 2. Come any time.