The final 8 kilometres of the Beaver River Wetland Trail were completed last week, and officially opened to the public following a ribbon-cutting celebration. The upgraded trail now connects the communities of Uxbridge, Blackwater, Sunderland and Cannington, through the Beaver River Conservation Area.
“The Beaver River Conservation Area is one of the most ecologically significant natural areas in the Lake Simcoe watershed,” explained Brian Kemp, general manager of Conservation Lands, at the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. “It’s our hope that with this newly upgraded trail, residents of all abilities and interests will be able to enjoy the remarkable sights and sounds of the wetland.”
The revitalized trail runs along a decommissioned rail line and offers a smooth surface with a low grade to allow for multiple recreational uses. In addition to accessibility, environmental features were considered, to ensure continued support of habitats, such as turtle and snake nesting sites.
The trail upgrades were completed in three phases over the past five years. The most recent upgrades were completed, thanks to donations from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, and the Township of Brock, in partnership with the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority and the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.
The mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority is to work with our community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed, by leading research, policy and action.