Trail Projects: Central Canada
Garden River First Nation – Ojibway Trail Nature Park Development
Garden River First Nation expanded a 2.1-km trail into the Ojibway Park campground and directly to a gazebo and scenic lookout area. Due to water levels saturating this shore section, work had to be completed to elevate it with aggregate, construct a boardwalk and build bridges to fully connect this new path.
Jackson Creek Trail – Rehabilitation and Revitalization
This project revitalized deteriorated bridges and made numerous other improvements to increase accessibility (now AODA compliant) through signs, trail resurfacing and rest area construction. The trail was also given broader appeal by using signage, QR codes and digital apps to honour the area’s rich Indigenous and settler history, while raising environmental awareness of climate change and local impacts.
Ramara – Washago Trail Construction
This new trail increases safety by taking users off a busy road and onto a greenway. With funding from Trans Canada Trail, the Township of Ramara constructed 300 metres of trail along the road allowance on County of Simcoe Road 169. This new 2.5m-wide aggregate trail required culverts to manage water flowing to the adjacent river, as well as signage.
Charlevoix – Trail Upgrades
This project completed a 3-km section of trail in the MRC de Charlevoix region, replacing roadway with constructed greenway routes. This last section of trail extended and completed the Trans Canada Trail network in the MRC de Charlevoix territory, connecting the summit of the Massif de Charlevoix (Sentier Gabrielle-Roy-Ouest) to Saint-Urbain (Sentier Des Pointes).
Chemin de la Rivière à Windsor – Roadway Improvements
Working with the MRC du Val-Saint-François, this section of roadway was improved for safer road cycling. Improvements included road markings, signage, traffic reduction and the installation of speed cameras.
Lac-Saguay – Trail Repair
In June 2022, heavy precipitation caused a landslide on the slope of the Linear Park, at km 159 in Lac-Saguay. To restore the lost connection, construction of a retaining wall (15m long x 2m high) was required. Drainage works were also completed to ensure the safety of the structure.
Uapishka Station Research
This project involved construction of a 5-km interpretive trail highlighting Innu culture and the scientific research taking place at the Uapishka Station. The trail is in Uapishka Biodiversity Reserve, a UNESCO designated site, within the traditional ancestral territory (Nitassinan) of Pessamit. The trail leads to Maikan Lake, where a dock, outdoor fireplace and small hut have been installed.