Millennium Trail Upgrade Project
The County partnered with the Prince Edward County (PEC) Trails Committee to upgrade the Millennium Trail. The PEC Trails Committee initially fundraised $133,450 in support of the project and the municipality dedicated $370,000.
The project is expected to be completed in 2021 with the completion of signage and the construction of launch points.
About the Millennium Trail
Acquired by The County from the Canadian National Railway in 1997, the Millennium Trail is a re-purposed abandoned rail line that has been converted into a multi-use recreational feature for the enjoyment of County residents and visitors. The trail is popular amongst a wide array of recreational enthusiasts year round, including cyclists, hikers, snowmobilers, ATV riders, and cross country skiers.
The 46-kilometre multi-use trail stretches from Carrying Place at County Road 64 to Picton at County Road 49, passing near Consecon, Wellington, and Bloomfield. With a trailhead near Lake Street in Picton, residents and visitors can easily explore the diverse businesses, cultural attractions, and green spaces offered within the historic downtown.
Upgrade Project Overview
Resurfacing and Signage
The resurfacing of the Millennium Trail was completed in Summer 2020. The installation of new signage is underway for the entire length of the trail, including kilometre markers, directional signage, interpretative signage, safety signs and information. The installation of new signage is anticipated to be completed in 2021.
Launch Point Development
Two locations adjacent to the Millennium Trail have been approved by Council for the development of launch points. The locations are on Salem Road (Ameliasburgh Ward) and Station Road (Hillier Ward). The launch points will include signage, rest area, information kiosk, toilets and parking to allow for ease of access, similar to the existing trailhead location at West Street in Wellington.
Fundraising efforts will commence in 2021 for the launch point construction.