In 2011, we obtained funding to begin trail development at our northern terminus, Point Grondine. 2012 brought a lot of learning and with the fantastic trail planning and building expertise of our partners, approximately 6.9km of trail was developed. Currently, our partners are spending the summer in the wilderness to complete the next portion of trail at Point Grondine, the 2-day loop. It is our hope that 2014 will bring the opening of Point Grondine Eco-Park and Campground, as well as the development of approximately 30km of trail that will lead along the coast.
In 2013, our partners at the Wikwemikong Development Commision contracted trail consultant Wasse-Giizhik Trails to plan approximately 30km of trail at Henvey Inlet First Nation. 2014 will focus on mapping and training.
Mapping the trail from Byng Inlet to Key River with the help of a youth from Shawanaga First Nation.
There are no special projects at this time.
On March 4th 2014 the Georgian Bay Coast Trail partnered with the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve to host a Trails Symposium connecting trails tourism stakeholders along the eastern and northern coast of Georgian Bay. 60 participants heard presentations from Bruce County Tourism, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, the Manitoulin Island Cycling Advocates, the Georgian Bay Coast Trail, the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport as well as closing remarks by Patrick Connor of the Ontario Trails Council. Please follow the links below to view speakers’ presentations as well as the final report:
We are sure that many of you are wondering how the Georgian Bay Coast Trail plans on laying down a coastal hiking trail with countless wetlands, inlets and river mouths along the way. Alcock Construction has been developing a prototype for such water crossings and plans to launch the first prototype demo this summer! The Georgian Bay Coast Trail plans on purchasing a number of Water Spyders for water crossings along our proposed trail. Check out the Water Spyder website for more information and please don’t hesitate to donate to support this project! Without water crossing vessels such as these, the Georgian Bay Coast Trail will not exist.