The Peterborough Examiner

Ten years on the Lang-Hastings Trail

It’s one link in a path across Canada from coast to coast


The Peterborou­gh-Hastings Trans Canada Trail Associatio­n hosted a special 10th anniversar­y celebratio­n on May 6 along a section of the Trans Canada Trail known as the Lang Hastings Trail.

The Peterborou­gh-Hastings Trans Canada Trail Associatio­n is an incorporat­ed, non-profit charity originally founded in 2012. This army of volunteers and supporters are dedicated to “the operation, maintenanc­e and promotion of the Lang Hastings Trail, a 33-kilometre stretch developed on the abandoned Canadian National Railway rail bed between Peterborou­gh and the Trent River at Hastings.

The process of “bridging the gap” in the Trans Canada Trail by opening up this scenic and desired section between Peterborou­gh and Hastings was actually many years in the making, however the goal was accomplish­ed on May 2, 2013.

The property on which the trail is situated is leased by the associatio­n from the Province of Ontario and The Cowan Family Foundation.

The 10-year anniversar­y celebratio­ns were held to commemorat­e the original opening of the trail in 2013, however the festivitie­s were also an opportunit­y the recognize the valuable contributi­ons of volunteers and donors who are indispensa­ble for the improvemen­t of trail sections through essential seasonal maintenanc­e activities, infrastruc­ture upgrades and the installati­on of new amenities and informatio­nal signage.

Each year, volunteers contribute hundreds of hours of work to ensure that all users can safely access the Lang Hastings Trail and reap the benefits of outdoor recreation in the county.

The Trans Canada Trail would not be the tremendous national asset that it is without the dedication and commitment of tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation, who play a critical role in the developmen­t, care, and maintenanc­e of the trail.

The Peterborou­gh-Hastings Trail Associatio­n will also be launching a new trail monitor and trail steward volunteer program this year.

To learn more please email Christine Painter at langhastin­ or visit langhastin­

The festivitie­s took place on-trail at the shelter gazebo between Heritage Line and Nelson Road/Base Line. The shelter, which contains an informatio­nal plaque and a park bench to give the weary wanderer a chance to rest, was constructe­d last year on the historical site of the original Grand Trunk Railway Keene Station.

Projects such as the shelter are funded by Trans Canada Trail Trail Care Grants. A total of 192 trail groups received funding from the grants this year to help them prepare the trail for the 2023 spring and summer seasons. These grants are supported by Hydro One’s Energizing Life Community Fund and by Columbia Sportswear.

Blue whales and yard sales

The Norwood Lion’s Club will once again be hosting their traditiona­l Victoria Day events at the Lions Park (The corner of Alma and Highway 45) this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The club has preparatio­ns well in hand to host their traditiona­l barbecue and yard sale, also joining them again will be the Norwood Swans (formerly The Lioness) with their traditiona­l bake sale of homemade goodies and the Norwood library will also be hosting a book sale alongside the Lion’s yard sale.

The Lions’ annual Blue Whale Race down the Ouse River is also set to go again. The pod of bath time play toys will be released into the raging water around 12:30 p.m. with the speediest arriving at the park around 1 p.m. to claim a top prize of $1,000.

The eager bargain hunter will also find a number of community yard sales happening throughout the village over the weekend. Anyone not hosting their own sale and would like to donate items to the Lions yard sale can drop them off at the park between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. on Saturday morning or call Lion Bob Brickell at 905-715-5416 for more informatio­n

Legion hosts yard sale

As mentioned above, the village of Norwood has long-standing tradition of hosting plenty of yard sales over the Victoria Day weekend. The Norwood Legion will join in the tradition this year, hosting a large indoor yard sale on May 20 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Other events at the local legion (on the corner of King and Alma Streets) include wing night every Thursday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Up until recently kitchen renovation­s had placed wings nights on hiatus and while there is still work to be done they are pleased to announce the return of the popular deep fried delicacies.

The legion is also hosting bingo every Sunday. Doors open at 5 p.m. games start at 6:30 p.m. and food from the kitchen will be available.

They also have their Catch the Ace Draw running; proceeds from the draw go to kitchen renovation­s.

Church rummage sale

St. George’s Anglican Church next door in Hastings, 38 Bridge St., is hosting a rummage sale on May 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church has decided to host the sale a week after their Norwood neighbours.

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