The grand opening of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail was held on Monday at Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville to celebrate the newly completed perimeter trail and success of the Close the Gap campaign.
The Friends of Island Lake fundraising committee started this journey 10 years ago with a vision to expand the trail system and truly make Island Lake a place that encouraged active lifestyles, nature appreciation and tourism. The group was formed to enhance community involvement and awareness of the need to expand the trail system at Island Lake Conservation Area. Over the past 10 years, the Friends of Island Lake have worked tirelessly to raise more than $2 million in donations of cash and in-kind labour and materials. They have contributed more than 12,000 volunteer hours to the project.
The Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail was designed with accessibility in mind. It can be used for walking and cycling around the perimeter of the lake. The 7.5 km trail includes five boardwalks, three water crossings and two land crossings on islands that connect the existing north and south shore trails. The trail is named for Vicki Barron who served for many years as CAO of CVC and is a tireless champion of trails.
The perimeter lake trail is a connector. It has brought the community together, joined one municipality to another and established strong local partnerships. Island Lake Conservation Area is open to the public Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and weekends and holidays 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the park to walk or cycle the completed lakeside trail.