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Picton Harbour with sailboats docked in the water on a bright blue day.

The Harbour Trail

Overview:

The concept for the Harbour Trail is a 2.15 km walking trail around Picton Harbour connected by seven lookouts providing views of Picton Bay.

The existing and planned lookouts may include amenities such as shade structures, waste receptacles, landscaping, lighting, information panels (with wayfinding, historical, Indigenous, and/or ecological information), seating (e.g. benches, tables) and more. Improvements to the lookouts will begin in October 2022 using funds from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund. 

Picton Harbour with sailboats docked in the water on a bright blue day.

Budget information:

Project Status:

Scheduled

Design and implementation of the seven lookouts is beginning October 2022 and is expected to be completed by December 2022.

Project Details:

A task team of the Community and Economic Development Commission (CEDC) developed the conceptual plan for the Picton Harbour Trail. The task team included members of Council, CEDC, Accessibility Advisory Committee, Heritage Advisory Committee, and the Picton BIA.

Through a competitive process, the municipality has engaged the services of Wentworth Landscaping  to complete the design and construction of the lookout improvements. Planning is underway and construction is expected to begin in October 2022. 

Public consultation

The municipality is working with a cultural interpreter to create seven information panels that tell a variety of stories about the harbour. The panels will include information about the history, ecology, industry and people that shaped the harbour.

The public is invited to contribute to the storytelling. Tell us what you love about the harbour, family stories from days gone by, tales of people and industry, and more.  

You can join the conversation on the County’s Have Your Say online engagement platform. You can also share your story as well as pictures, documents or artifacts related to the harbour by contacting Ashley Stewart, Community Programs Coordinator, at astewart@pecounty.on.ca 613.476.2148 extension 2508.

Long-term plan

In addition to the seven lookouts, the conceptual plan for the Picton Harbour Trail includes a number of other elements – pathways, sidewalks, boardwalks, green spaces, foot bridges. Implementing these elements will take place in future years as additional funding becomes available. The municipality continues to work with private property owners to negotiate easements in order to eventually create a continuous boardwalk around the mouth of the Picton Harbour. 

View the final report of the Picton Harbour Trail task team 

Staff Contact

Ashley Stewart
Community Services and Program Coordinator

Phone: 613.476.2148 ext. 2508
Fax: 613.476-8356