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.

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.

Gary Raspberry, Children’s Performer, Returning to 219 Lakes and Trails Festival

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.

Third Annual Festival Planning Started

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. 20190204_110545 (1)

2018 Festival Final Report

The Second annual Lakes and Trails Festival took place on July 14, 2018 at the Point Park in Sydenham. The participant evaluations (56) and comments from the volunteers were overwhelmingly positive.

There were 405 registered participants, up from an estimated 385 last year. 230 came from South Frontenac, 172 from outside the Township and 3 did not state a location. When asked at registration what their main activity interests were 103 said cycling, 102 paddling, 87 the historic walk, music and 38 other. Many did not enter an interest and many entered more than one.
Most participants heard about the Festival from family or friends (116), 63 identified Facebook as their source of information, followed by posters (36) and newspapers (32).

The event focused on four main components: cycling, boating, the historic walk and music.

Cycling

The main cycling feature was an Around the Lake bike lead by South Frontenac Rides. Approximately 45 people took part in one of the 21, 36 and 44-kilometer bike loops. Another 25 joined the “Family Cycle”, 8 kilometers out and back on the Cataraqui trail. The Cycle Skills competition was busy for the whole morning and ran overtime. Similarly, use of the cycle repair station and the helmet fitting service was steady. The bike parking was less well used.

Boating

Boating started slowly but picked up with dozens using boats supplied by Frontenac Outfitters for short personal trips supervised by the Sydenham Canoe Club. Many people also participated by swimming at the Point.
The Kingston Dragon Boat Club was unable to participate this year due to scheduling conflict. The Cataraqui Canoe Club lead a trip on the lake with 15 boats participating.

Walking

The walking event was a historic 3-kilometre walking tour of Sydenham, including a stretch on the Cataraqui Trail and in downtown Sydenham. Five historic interpreters, dressed in period costumes, met participants at set locations and told stories about different aspects of Sydenham’s history. The crowds were large and went on after the formal closure of the event.

Music

Gary Raspberry, a children’s performer, lead a rapt audience of about 40 in a hour long performance under a tree on the Point. The afternoon “Music-on-Mill Street” was attended by about 50 over the two hours. It was hot with little shade. The music was enjoyed by those that came and others that passed by.

Food

The food was beef on a bun and salads organized by volunteers working South Frontenac Community services. Trousdale’s General store provided ice cream for all participants. There was enough food and service was well organized and generally received favourable comments.

Organizations that set up booths at the event included, The County of Frontenac; South Frontenac Township; The Cataraqui Conservation Authority; the Kingston Frontenac Public Library -which organized giant lawn games for children; The Cataraqui Canoe Club; The Rideau Trail; The Kingston Field Naturalists; Reptile Rescue Kingston; Frontenac Provincial Park; Kingston Frontenac Public Health Unit; and South Frontenac Community Services.

The results of this survey indicate that the Festival had resonance both as a local community celebration and as an attraction drawing people from Kingston and farther a field to South Frontenac.

Sponsors

The sponsors, monetary and in kind, for the 2018 event were:

Barb’s Handmade Pierogi
Beckwith Contracting
Cataraque Canoe Club
Clinton Dentistry
CyclePath
DFC BBQ Sauce
Fran Willes
Frontenac Outfitters
Frontenac Cycle
KFL+A Public Health Unit
Lanherne Technology INC.
Linden Tree Bed and Breakfast
Memory Lane Florists
Nancy Bayly
One Stop Convenience
RBC Sydenham Branch
Ross Sutherland
South Frontenac Township
South Frontenac Community Services
South Frontenac Fire and Rescue
South Frontenac Rides
Sydenham Canoe Club
Sydenham Medical Clinic
Sydenham Pet&Farm Supply
Sydenham Veterinary Services
Steve Clinton
Trailhead
Trousdale’s General Store
Trousdale’s Funeral Home

It is important to mention significant support from Frontenac Outfitters who staffed and organized the boat trials, KFL+A Public Health that donated water bottles and provided generous logistical support and printing, South Frontenac Township that donated staff time and facilities, Trousdale’s General Store that provided staff, ice cream and organized the Music-on-Mill Street, South Frontenac Community Services’ who prepared the food, Wilma Kenny and the volunteers who organized the historic Walk, and South Frontenac Rides and the Sydenham Canoe Club who were central to the paddling and cycling events.

The Future

An eventuation meeting will be held in the fall. If you are interested n attending please contact the Festival. The tentative date for next year’s Festival is July 20, 2019

Full Lakes and Trails 2018 Activity Schedule

The linked poster includes the complete 2018 Lakes and Trails Festival activity list.  Please feel free to run off and post.    Bring you bikes, boats, swim suits and walking shoes, or just come for the conversation and to find out more about South Frontenac’s natural beauty, active lifestyle and history. We look forward to seeing you all on July 14.

Lakes and Trails final 2018 8 x 11