The Lakes and Trails Festival is held annually in Sydenham Ontario. It celebrates the areas natural beauty, active lifestyle and history.
Cycling events include:
The Around the Lake Bike. Bike around Sydenham Lake on off-road trails and on quiet, low-speed, paved rural roads. The 21-kilometre loop leaves the Point Park at 10:30, the 34K loop leaves at 10:00, and the 44K loop leaves at 9:30.
The Family Bike. An 8-kilometre trip out and back on the Cataraqui Trail beside Sydenham Lake.
The Cycle Skills Competition. Suitable for cyclists from training wheels to advanced. The Paper Route, the Zig Zag and the Slow Bike events will be scored and a leader board will be kept through the morning. Prizes will be awarded to the winners by event and age.
Yellow Bikes will help with bicycle maintenance. Helmet fitting and safety instruction will be available. All cyclist will be given bells and lights.
Other events include paddling on the lake, a community lunch, historic village walk, swimming and Music-on-Mill Street in the afternoon.
Registration begins at 9:30 in Sydenham’s Point Park and the music ends at 4. Come any time.
The Lakes and Trails Organizing Committee would like to thank the community sponsors who have already come forward to make the July 14, 2018 Festival possible. With their early help we are able to expand the number activities at this year Festival and add a free “Music on Mill Street” concert in the afternoon from 2-4. There will also be a concert by Gary Raspberry, a well known local children’s performer, on the Point in the morning. More details to follow. We also need more sponsors to ensure we can cover all our costs and continue into 2019.
The 2018 sponsors, as of May 3, are:
Barb’s Handmade Pierogi
Clinton Family Dentistry
KFL+A Public Health Unit
RBC Sydenham Branch
South Frontenac Rides
South Frontenac Township
Sydenham Canoe Club
Sydenham Veterinary Services
Trousdale’s General Store
Trousdale’s Funeral Home
The Lakes and Trails Festival this summer will feature a Cycle Skills competition, with prizes for different age groups. A leader board will be kept through the morning and participants are welcome to try again and improve their score. The skills events are:
1) The Paper Boy – Ride through a course with a bag of newspapers and deposit them in barrels – judged on time and accuracy
2) The Zig Zag – Ride between the lines on a pre-determined zig zag course. This event is geared towards younger riders, including those with training wheels – judged on accuracy.
3) The Slow Bike – How long can you take to ride between two points. – slowest rider wins!
Other cycling events at the Lakes and Trials Festival include the Around the Lake bike (21, 36 and 44K loops) and a 5k family cycle on the Cataraqui Trail. Bells, lights, and helmet fitting will be available to riders.
For more information on the Festival visit: https://lakesandtrailsfestival.org/.
See you on July 14. Bring you bike, boat and walking shoes.
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.
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)