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.
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.
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.
Look at what’s happening at the third annual Lakes and Trails Festival, this coming Saturday, July 20, in Sydenham, South Frontenac.
For a PDF of the map click: site map 2019 pdf 2
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.
Joining the crew on the Dragon boats is lots of fun and works for most children who can hold a paddle.
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.
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.
- 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.
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: https://lakesandtrailsfestival.org/. See you on July 20th.
The Sydenham Walkers Group, a tireless, unstoppable, group of South Frontenac Resident’s who walk every morning at 6:45, will, be leading a group walk at the third annual Lakes and Trails Festival: Saturday, July 20, at the Point Park, Sydenham.
The group, lead by Vicki England, will meet at the Festival registration table at 9am: walk along the Cataraqui Trail to Harrowsmith (with great views of the Wilton Creek valley) and back. It will be a leisurely walk with plenty of good company and local history. People are also welcome to join the hike at Harrowsmith: leaving the corner of Hwy 38 and the Cataraqui trail about 10 am and returning to the Festival. The one-way walk is 5.5 kilometres.
After the Walk participants can stay and enjoy the other Festival activities: share a free community lunch, go for a swim, take a boat out for a paddle, walk historic Sydenham, listen to live music, and visit the booths.
The Lakes and Trails Festival is a community celebration of South Frontenac’s active lifestyle, natural beauty and history. It focuses on walking, paddling and cycling activities and includes a live outdoor music concert and free community lunch. Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration starts at 9am at the Point Park in Sydenham, South Frontenac. Come anytime until two pm. There is no registration fee.
For more information go to the Festival’s website, https://lakesandtrailsfestival.org/, or visit the Lakes and Trials Festival Facebook page.
Gary Raspberry, who played to a rapt audience of about 50 children at last year’s Lakes and Trials Festival, will return this summer.
Gary is a well-known local children’s entertainer. More on Gary can be found at: http://garyrasberry.com/.
Among other local activities Gary volunteers to help out at New Leaf Link program for adults with disabilities. We are very excited to have Gary back for another year.
The third annual Lakes and Trails Festival is on July 20 from 9am to 2pm in the Point Park, Sydenham, South Frontenac. Everyone is welcome, all event are free.
The Organizing Committee has had its first meeting to start planning the 2019, third annual, Lakes and Trails Festival.
All the core activities will be there to celebrate our natural history and active lifestyle: Frontenac Outfitters new and exciting boats to try on the lake, the cycling activities and the historic walk of Sydenham.
We hope the Dragon Boat will return with a War Canoe, the Sydenham Walking group is planning a hike to Harrowsmith and back on the Cataraqui Trail and there will be live music on the point for children and adults.
And, of course, we will again have a large community lunch for everyone who participates. All events will continue to be free and donations before or at the event are welcome.
We have an initial flyer to get the word out. If you have an event where we could distribute the flyers, please contact us. We look forward to seeing everyone on July 20th.