A bold vision takes time to come to life. It doesn’t happen overnight or without a lot of support. Over the past few years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has been working hard with our partners to bring a bold vision to life through the Credit Valley Trail (CVT) project. This week, the trail gained its first stake in the ground as project partners unveiled the first wayfinding signage at Upper Credit Conservation Area in Alton.
The CVT was first envisioned in 1956 as a fully connected trail through the Credit River Valley. The vision for the trail is a 100-kilometre pathway along the banks of the river, from the headwaters in Orangeville to Lake Ontario in Port Credit. The new wayfinding signs are the next steps along the path to move this legacy project from strategy to reality.
To date, 32 kilometres of the trail has been completed. The existing trail networks are in various areas long the proposed CVT optimum route and is newly listed in the interactive Ondago trail app. As the CVT continues to take shape, this app will help residents and visitors explore the existing sections of the trail and connect with nature.
While this milestone is an important piece of the trail’s evolution, it’s only one step in the journey to completion. These signs give the CVT an identity and are helping to bring this vibrant trail to life, but our work must continue to connect the remaining 68 kilometres.
This week’s event also launched Credit Valley Conservation Foundation’s (CVCF) largest fundraising initiative to date. The campaign aims to raise $10 million to help connect the remaining 68 kilometres of the legacy trail.
The need for protected green spaces and outdoor recreational opportunities is more important now than ever before. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that access to natural spaces, like parks and trails, play a critical role in maintaining health and wellness. CVC saw a 47 per cent increase in park visitation during the pandemic.
The CVT is a natural fit to support health and wellness. It will connect communities to the beauty of nature, Indigenous heritage and values, rich cultural experiences and the sustaining waters of the Credit River. And it will offer new opportunities to explore and appreciate the nature across the entire watershed.
To learn more about the CVT or to support the trail, visit creditvalleytrail.ca.