The Harbour Trail
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.
- Budget year: 2022
- Total cost: $350,000 ($262,500 from the Canada Community Revitalization Fund and $87,500 from the County’s parkland reserve)
Construction of the lookouts is underway is expected to be completed Spring 2023.
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.
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.
In the Fall of 2022, the public was invited to contribute to the storytelling by sending in stories of the harbour. residents were sked to share what they love about the harbour, family stories and tales from days gone by. Consultation on this project is now closed.
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.
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