Cycling at the 2022 Lakes and Trails Festival

Cycling will again be a main activity at this year’s Lakes and Trials Festival, July 16 , 2022.

The Around-the-Lake bike, a 21-kilometre route on an off-road trial and low speed country roads, will circle Sydenham Lake.  Guides will lead the group. It is a Festival favourite.

The Family-Cycle, an 8-kilometre route on a flat off-road trial bedside Sydenham Lake, is a  great opportunity for families, and new cyclists to enjoy the Cataraqui Trail, scenic Sydenham Lake and find their cycling legs.  Two experienced guides will go with the group.

Maps for longer bike routes, suitable  for more experienced cyclists, will be  available at the Festival.

Get your bike tuned up by a professional bike mechanic at a Tune-Up Clinic run by Cycle Kingston. The Clinic provides a valuable service , getting your bike running smoothly, and raises money for Gear-Up a social enterprise to train youth in the skills and business of cycling. There is a suggested donation for this service of $30.

The Lakes and Trails Festival is an annual community Festival celebrating South Frontenac’s natural beauty, history and active lifestyle. Other featured activities include biking events and a walking tour of historic Sydenham.

Come on out and join us on Saturday, July 16 from 9am to 1pm at The Point Park in Sydenham. Check out our website or Facebook page for more details and updates. All events are free and family friendly.

 

Nature Heritage Expo Coming to the Lakes and Trails Festival

The Natural Heritage Expo is coming to the 2022 Lakes and Trails Festival.

The Expo will showcase the many wonderful natural features of South Frontenac: what they are, how to enjoy them, and how to improve them.

Many organizations will be present with booths, displays, maps, and people to talk with about South Frontenac’s natural wonders. Discover where you can hike, canoe or bike. Learn more out about the natural environment, the local plants, animals and aquatic life. Find out about how to improve your property, help the environment, and much more.

The Lakes and Trails Festival is an annual community Festival celebrating South Frontenac’s natural beauty, history and active lifestyle. Other featured activities include biking events and a walking tour of historic Sydenham.

Come on out and join us on Saturday, July 16 from 9am to 1pm at The Point Park in Sydenham. Check out our website or Facebook page for more details and updates. All events are free and family friendly.

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.

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.

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.

Reptiles

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: https://lakesandtrailsfestival.org/.  See you on July 20th.

Sydenham Walkers Group to Leads a Hike at the Lakes and Trails Festival

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.