News Great Lakes Waterfront Trail expanding through Seguin, Muskoka SHARE ON: Doug Crosse, staff Wednesday Jul. 24th, 2019 The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail will be extending through Muskoka and Parry Sound. (Supplied graphic from WaterfrontTrail.org) SEGUIN, ON – The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail will be expanding through Seguin Township and Muskoka. The over 3,000-kilometre path connects 140 communities and First Nations along the Canadian Shores of the Great Lakes Region. A group called the Waterfront Regeneration Trust has made the trail a focus of its fundraising and stewardship since 1992. On July 15th Seguin Council showed its support in expanding the trail through the area. Mayor of Seguin Ann MacDiarmid says it will link communities and help bring new cycling visitors to the region. “We have been approached by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, as their most recent effort is to extend the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail through Simcoe County, the District of Muskoka, and the Parry Sound District to Sudbury,” said MacDiarmid. “This will connect a further 22 communities and First Nations through some of Ontario’s most iconic geography via 650 kilometers of signed cycling routes.” Within the Township of Seguin, the proposed route will be located on the Lake Joseph Road, Rankin Lake Road and Oastler Park Drive. The portion of the cycling route on Rankin Lake Road would be seasonally closed during the winter and signed accordingly. “The expansion of the Trail through our Municipality brings with it great opportunity to welcome new visitors to our area and showcase all that Seguin has to offer,” said MacDiarmid. “The trail also promotes healthy lifestyle options, vows to protect the physical, natural & cultural attributes of the environment, promotes economic activities and employment, and promotes greater awareness of the responsible recreational use of our waterfront. This is yet another avenue for Seguin to promote our vision of being – The Best Natural Place to Be.” When the trail is complete it will also finish the Georgian Bay Cycling Route along the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. The Trail has served as a catalyst for ecological health, community renewal and economic vitality in many of the communities it joins. For more information on the trail, you can click here.