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,, 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.
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.

Lakes and Trails Updated Sponsors List

The Lakes and Trails Festival relies on scores of organizing volunteers, hundreds of resident and visitor participants and the dozens of individual, organization and business sponsors. Without all these groups the Festival would not be in its third year.

As of June 24, 2019, the Sponsors of the Third Annual Lakes and Trails Festival are:

Beckwith Contracting
Cataraqui Canoe Club
Clinton Family Dentistry
Dr. Sheldon Cook Chiropractic
Fran and John Willes
Frontenac Outfitters
KFL+A Public Health Unit
KFL+A Public Library
Kingston Dragon Boat Club
Lanherne Technology INC.
Local Family Farms
Lorraine and Richard Lobb
Memory Lane Florists
Nancy Bayly
One Stop Convenience
Point Restaurant
Ross Sutherland
Scouts Canada
Shaggy Bottom Boyz
Shelly Home Improvements
South Frontenac Rides
South Frontenac Township
South Frontenac Community Services
South Frontenac Fire and Rescue
Sydenham Canoe Club
Sydenham Lions Club
Steve Clinton
Trousdale’s General Store

Thank you. Without your support the Festival would not be possible.

It is not to late to support this years Festival. Sponsorship donations keep the festival accessible to all and ongoing. They are also tax deductible.

Kids at the Lakes and Trails Festival

A variety of actives, prizes, free ice cream and friendly people welcome children, from toddlers to teenagers, to the Lakes and Trails Festival. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of activity, music, food and community.

Child Friendly Cycling

The cycle skills competition is ideal for younger riders. Each participant will receive a prize with larger prizes for winners by age group.

The family cycle is 8 beautiful kilometres of flat riding beside Sydenham Lake on the Cataraqui Trail: perfect for younger families.

The helmet fitters and cycle repair station will work with younger riders to improve their safety and their bike’s condition.

Dragon Boat

Joining the crew on the Dragon boats is lots of fun and works for most children who can hold a paddle.

Children’s Concert

At 11 am there is a concert with Children’s performer, Gary Raspberry. Gary will be playing on the Point near the play structure.


The Reptile rescue group will bring a variety of reptiles for learning and touching, an annual favourite with children (and adults).

The Lakes and Trails Festival celebrates the areas natural beauty, active lifestyle and history. Other events include paddling on the lake, a community lunch, historic village walk, swimming, live music in the park and booths on outdoor activity.

Registration begins at 9:00 in Sydenham’s Point Park, come any time until 2:00. All events are free.


Final Poster and Timetable Released

The final poster and timetable of the Third Annual Lakes and Trails Festival can be found at: 2019-06-11_Lakes-Trails-Festival_Poster_8.5×11. 

Please run off a few and post them around your neighbourhood.

Come to the Lakes and Trails Festival and enjoy the natural beauty, active lifestyle and history of South Frontenac.

Activities include:

  • A bike around the lake, a family cycle and a cycle skills course.
  • Paddling a dragon boat or trying a new canoe or kayak.
  • Taking the historic walk around Sydenham and walking the trails.
  • A live children’s show with Gary Raspberry and noon hour concert with the Saggy Bottom Boys.
  • Swimming, a free lunch, and many booths and other activities.


What’s for Lunch?

The Lakes and Trails Festival includes a free lunch for all attendees. After a morning of paddling, walking, cycling or just providing encouragement, everyone is welcome to stay for a free lunch, listen to a live concert and share stories.

This year the lunch will be fresh local roast beef sandwiches, roasted portobello mushroom sandwiches and salads.  Southern Frontenac Community Services is preparing the lunch with help from volunteers.

Food Less Travelled in Verona is arranging for beef from a local abattoir.  The portobello mushroom sandwiches will be marinated in DFC BBQ Sauce, made locally on Leland Rod. There will be more salads this year and donations are welcome.

For desert Trousdale’s General Store will provide one ice cream cone to all participants. The Public Health Unit will have free reusable water bottles for drinks. Everyone is welcome to bring their own bottles, plates and cutlery to help cut down on waste.  Paper plates will also be available.

Come to the Third Annual Lakes and Trails Festival, July 20, 9am to 2pm, and enjoy South Frontenac’s active lifestyle, natural beauty and history.  For a full schedule of activities visit the Lakes and Trails web site:  See you on July 20th.

Lakes and Trails Festival: Complimentary Activities

July 20th, the date of the Lakes and Trails Festival, also host four activities complimentary to the Festival.

The Kingston Velo Club is organizing a bike ride from Kingston out to the Festival.  Riders will stay for lunch, music and then bike back.  For details on how to join this ride go to the Velo Club web site, .

Similarly, the Cataraqui Canoe Club is organizing a long paddle around Sydenham Lake with time to join the historic walk of Sydenham village, have lunch and listen to some music.  For details got to:

On July 20th it is free to use Frontenac Provincial Park, a 10-minute drive from the Festival. Anyone who hikes one of the Parks great trails is welcome to come to the Festival for a free lunch and concert. For details visit

After an active morning of biking, walking or paddling at the Lakes and Trails Festival you can visit the Fantasy in the Forest Art Show,  Some of the best artists in Eastern Ontario are 10 minutes from the Festival until 5pm on Saturday and from 10am to 5pm on July 21.

Come out to South Frontenac on July 20. Enjoy a weekend of outdoor activities, history, music, food and art.