Celebrate International Trails Day Festival May 31 & June 1

Written by admin, May 21, 2013

May 21, 2013 – Community Invited to Travel the Newest Section of the Trans Canada Trail between Lang and Hastings

Residents are invited to take part in the second annual International Trails Day Festival on May 31 and June 1 with free events taking place throughout Peterborough City and County.

The centerpiece of this year’s festival will be the first supported ride of the newest section of the Trans Canada Trail between Lang and Hastings starting from McIntyre Park in Lang on International Trails Day on Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Further details are available at www.ourfavtctrail.ca .

“Trails offer a wonderful way to explore nature through the urban and rural landscapes of our region,” said Kathy Reid, Coordinator of Communications and Education with Otonabee Conservation.   “It’s inspiring to see so many community groups come together to create such an exciting array of family-friendly activities that we expect will draw hundreds out to our trails during the festival.”

The festival kicks off with opening ceremonies during the Bike and Trails Fest at Millennium Park in Peterborough on Friday, May 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  In addition to the first supported ride of the Lang-Hastings Trail on June 1, there will be giveaways, guided walks and treats available along several other trails across the city and county, including Bridgenorth, Lakefield, and Douro.

“We are fortunate to have such a wide network of trails at our back door to make it easy for residents to stay physically active and connected to nature and to one another,” said Dr. Rosana Salvaterra, Medical Officer of Health. “Even an easy stroll a few times each week leads to noticeable health benefits and can reduce your risk of most chronic diseases.”

Locally, the festivities are being organized by a committee including Otonabee Conservation, Rotary Club of Peterborough, trails enthusiasts (Cycling Dudes, Cycle  Chicks, Biker Babes), County of Peterborough,  City of Peterborough, Selwyn Township, Township of Douro-Dummer, Kawarthas Northumberland Green-Up, Peterborough Cycling Club, Peterborough Public Health, Kawartha Hiking Club, and the Peterborough Field Naturalists.

For full details, and to download the brochure  and map please visit http://www.otonabee.com/parks-trails/trails/

International Trails Day is an annual celebration of trails to promote trail development, the use of trails and the healthy lifestyle they encourage.  It is celebrated each year on the first Saturday in June in several Canadian provinces including Nova Scotia and Manitoba.

 

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For further information, please contact:

 

Brittany Cadence                                                            Kathy Reid

Communications Supervisor                                       Coordinator, Communications and Education

Peterborough Public Health                  Otonabee Conservation

705-743-1000, ext. 391                                                   705-745-5791