All participants in the Lakes and Trails Festival will get an InFrontenac T-shirt, modeled by Bob, an ice cream cone, courtesy of Trousdale’s General Store, a community BBQ, paid for by the Festival sponsors, and a water bottle from the KFL+A Public Health Unit.
Participation involves signing up, then doing something active, whatever is within your ability: bike, swim, play an giant outdoor game, walk, explore Sydenham’s history, try a dragon boat, paddle on the lake. Bring your own boat or try one supplied by Frontenac Outfitters. Everyone is welcome and all events are free.
See you on Saturday, July 15 from 10-2 at the Point in Sydenham.
Giant Lawn Games
The KFL+A Public Library will be bringing their giant lawn games to the festival. Over sized jenga, chess, checkers, snakes and ladders, dominoes and tic tac toe will be set up between the ball diamond and the Point. Be sure to chat with library staff about the many children’s programs at our local branch during July and August, and ask about their new Go Explore #In Frontenac backpacks.
Frontenac Outfitters is also coming to the Festival. They will be bringing a trailer full of boats to use free of charge to paddle on the lakes. In conjunction with the Canoe Club, introductory instruction will also be available.
These are some of the participation prizes donated to the Lakes and Trails Festival. Our thanks to Frontenac Provincial Park (a year pass and hoodie), the Cataraqui Conservation Authority (a year pass), Frontenac Cycle (two helmets), KFL+A Public Health (a helmet and light), and CyclePath (a gift certificate). Also all participants will receive ice cream, thanks to Trousdale’s general store, and a t-shirt, thanks to the County of Frontenac and the Lakes and Trials festival. And, there are more to come.
A new event poster is available for distribution. Please download from the link: Lakes and Trails Poster or contact us if you would like hard copies. The poster includes an updated schedule of events. We look forward to seeing everyone on July 15th.
The Around the Lake Bike trips will all start from the Point Park at 10:30. There will be a leader for each of the three loops: 21K, 32K and 44K. All loops do the first 18 K together and then diverge. About 70% of the trips are on the Cataraqui Trail and the K+P Trail. Paved, low-speed, low-volume country roads make up the rest with one 200 meter stretch on a paved shoulder of Sydenham Road, and 80k/hr arterial road. There are a few gentle hills but the routes are primarily flat. The routes can be viewed at: Lakes_Trails Festival-Around the Lake (2)
The Cataraqui Canoe Club has scheduled a trip to join the Lakes and Trails Festival. I have attached the write -up from their club’s bulletin. Please note, if you want to join this event you must pre-register with Dave Linton. It looks like a lot of fun. There is also a shorter, family friendly, paddle staring at 11am from the Point with the Sydenham Canoe Club; or come and paddle at your leisure. There will be information posts about lakes in South Frontenac at different points around the west end of the lake.
Cataraqui Canoe Club Trip – July 15
Festival of Lakes and Trails occurs on this day. The native drums of South Frontenac have spoken. We are invited. The plan is to dispatch our flotilla from the Wilmer Road boat launch. Keeping land on the port beam, we will eventually arrive at the Point Park, where we will do a “paddle past”. A landing party will then be dispatched. We will be offered meat from the barbecue, and water from the Fountain Of Youth (they claim). No bartering required. The Hysterical Society of South Frontenac will be presenting an unusual gift to the most unusual best dressed up water craft. This gift is a rare find, and its’ authenticity has been verified by the Department of Rockology. So dress up your boats, and come in costume if you like. After the barbeque, we will map a route back to Wilmer Rd. boat launch. There is open water, so check the weather forecast. Probability of a 12 km paddle or more. Call Dave for more details. This is a celebration of lakes trails and waterways of South Frontenac that allow us to immerse ourselves in the natural beauty that surrounds us, and be so moved by it.