This year's Trails Fest is finished and we would like to thank everyone who participated and sponsored the event. If you missed this year's event, next year we will be hosting it again on the 3rd weekend of August!!
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This annual festival is a great way to get exercise, spend time in nature and learn more about this unique region we call home. All hikes are free but donations are welcomed, proceeds raised through the event support the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network, ensuring this unique UNESCO biosphere remains viable and vibrant for all of us and those who come after us. Our guides FABJulie (Days 1&2) and Entomologist Chris (Day 3) will be bringing you through these amazing hikes and sharing their knowledge of the biosphere!
Space is limited to 10 people per hike to ensure proper social distancing, so register now to reserve your spot! To learn about our COVID-19 Precautions, scroll down.
Step 1: Choose Your Hikes!
Step 2: Read the Prep List
Step 3: Register on Eventbrite
Friday, August 20th: Featuring Frontenac
Hike 1 - 11:30am - Gould Lake Conservation Area
Gould Lake Conservation Area is 589 hectares of wilderness located in the Canadian Shield. The area has swimming, picnic areas and outhouses. Gould Lake Conservation area offers 20 km of hiking trails that cross rolling and rugged terrain, through woods and wetlands with beautiful waterfront views. We will be exploring the Mica Mine Trail where several mica mines were operating near Gould Lake. The McClatchey Mine is situated between Blue Lake and Gould Lake. A number of old pits and a large boiler may still be seen on the Mica Trail on CRCA property. Entry fee to the park may be required. Hike difficulty is moderate.
Meeting Point - 1540 Gould Lake Rd, Sydenham, ON K0H 2T0
Hike 2 - 1:00pm - Cataraqui Trail to Frank's Culvert
Frank’s Culvert is located on the Cataraqui Trail, a formerly abandoned CN railway extending near Napanee to Smiths Falls. We will embark on our adventure starting at McGillivray Road to find Franks Culvert, a small railway culvert and a tunnel blasted out of the natural limestone. Hike is easy.
Meeting Point - McGillivray Road and Cataraqui Trail intersection
Saturday, August 21st: Charleston Lake in one day
Meeting Point: 148 Woodvale Road, Lansdowne, Hemlock Ridge Trail parking lot
Hike 3 - 10:00am - Hemlock Ridge Trail
Hemlock Ridge is a 1.7km moderate hiking trail that passes through the unique geology of Charleston Lake Provincial Park. This hike takes us through a forest of hemlock and pine. With many tree species growing in the hiking area, this is a great chance to brush up on your species identification.
Hike 4 - 11:30am- Beechwoods Trail
Beechwoods trail is an easy 1.8km trail adjacent to Hemlock trail and takes up through a mature forest with diverse habitats. Bring your plant ID skills and lets see what we can see together!
Hike 5 - 1:30pm- Shoreline Centennial Trail head
Shoreline trail is a moderate 2km hike along the shoreline of Charleston Lake. Bring your camera!
Sunday, August 22nd: Eastern Biosphere
Hike 6 - 10:00am Mallorytown Landing
There are also two trails at Mallorytown Landing – the Smoky Fire Trail (850 m), and the Six Nations Trail (1.1 km). The trails are relatively easy and we will be hiking the Six Nations Trail through a rocky mixed forest. Hikers will get a taste of the rugged terrain of the Frontenac Arch in the upper reaches of the trail. In total, you can complete the two trails in 1 to 1 ½ hours at an easy walk. Parking fees apply.
Meeting Point: 1121 Thousand Islands Parkway, Mallorytown
Hike 7- 12:00pm Jones Creek
This pocket of wilderness, located between Highway 401 and the 1000 Islands Parkway, features diverse forest and wetland habitats. A remarkable number of plants and animals call the peaceful wetlands, winding streams, and rocky forests home. Jones Creek is a great spot to spot wildlife and admire the biodiversity of Thousand Islands National Park. These picturesque trails feature pitch pine trees, fern-covered rock faces, creeks, wetlands, beaver ponds, breathtaking views of the creeks and an impressive wetland boardwalk connects the lower and upper sections of the trail. Parking but fees apply.
Meeting Point: 1231-1241 Thousand Islands Pkwy, Mallorytown, ON K0E 1R0
Hike 8 - 4:00pm Lyn Valley Conservation
This trail is short, so it's great for families with young children. The spring-fed "Pit" provides an excellent swimming spot and nice sandy beach. The site has had a long history as a pit for providing sand and gravel for road construction. In the 1880s, gravel was removed to build the Canadian National Brockville - Westport Railroad. Gravel from Lyn Pit later supplied fill for the improvement of Highway #2. In 1959, Elizabethtown Township acquired the pit from Canadian National Railways in a straight land exchange. When the MacDonald-Cartier Freeway (Highway 401) was built in the early 1960s, Lyn Pit again provided road building material.
Meeting Point: 90 Lyn Valley Rd, Lyn, ON K0E 1M0
The Prep List
We encourage people to get outside and nurture their mental well being through events like the FAB Trails Fest. Here are precautions that we will be taking for our outdoor activities.
- Total of 10 people per trail, including leads.
- 2m social distancing.
- Stay home if sick, practice good hand hygiene, cover your cough or sneeze.
- Names and contact information will be collected which will act as a means of contact tracing in the event of a Covid-19 case in one of our groups.
Common symptoms of COVID-19 include
- Fever (temperature of 37.8°C or greater)
- New or worsening cough
- Shortness of breath (dyspnea)
- Sore throat
- Difficulty swallowing
- New olfactory or taste disorder(s)
- Nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain
- Runny nose, or nasal congestion – in absence of underlying reason for these symptoms such as seasonal allergies, post nasal drip, etc.
Though we take all the necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety, by attending FAB hikes and other activities, attendees are participating at their own risk and FABN cannot be held liable for any injuries or illness that occur as a result of said participation.
In places where dogs are welcome, please keep your dog on a leash and remember, it's your Doo-ty to pick up after your pet! Be prepared that there may not be garbage cans or restrooms in some areas.
A meeting place is listed in each Hike Description and will be included in your registration confirmation. Please arrive 5 to 10 minutes early to ensure that the hikes start on time. Hikes will take place rain or shine, however in the case of severe weather/thunderstorms, hikes will be cancelled.