Listed below are an assortment of media articles and information concerning our Millennium Trail. Each link opens in a new window 

Millennium Trail project to be completed in 2019

Picton Gazette

Organizers of the volunteer-initiated project that will see Prince Edward County’s Millennium Trail rehabilitated and smoothed from the Carrying Place launch to the trail head in Picton assured Committee of the whole Thursday the effort will be finished on time and under budget. Project co-ordinator Barry Davidson was at Shire Hall to provide an update on the project that aims to re-surface the trail with limestone screenings, install kilometre makers and way-finding signage as well as the construction of launch and and parking areas at various locations along the route.

Commencing in August 2018, the rehabilitation work (brushing and resurfacing) started where the Rotary Club of Wellington project ended at Hwy 33 just east of Wellington and advanced towards Picton. From the starting point, the trail was rehabilitated all the way east to County Road 49, including the fork terminus at Lake Street and the short spur leading to Upper Lake Street. In total, rehabilitation of 17.1 km of the trail was completed in approximately six weeks and volunteers spent 300 hours brushing and another 300 hours managing the project.

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Upgrades update


Plans to complete upgrades to Prince Edward County’s Millennium Trail this year are well under way with specific interest on how to move through two significant wetlands.

Barry Davidson, chair of the Trails Improvement Ad-Hoc Committee, updated councillors at Thursday’s Committee of the Whole meeting, on work completed last year, and plans for 2019.

Davidson lead volunteers through more than 300 hours last summer and fall to complete 17.1 kms of trails between Highway 33 east of Wellington, east to County Road 49. He was also responsible for leading the 11km of work completed in 2012-2015 by the Wellington Rotary Club from the Danforth Road to Highway 33, east of Wellington.

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Upgrade first phase complete!

Wellington Times

In a short six-week time span, seventeen kilometres of the Millennium Trail has been refurbished, a section that stretches from west of Bloomfield to the trail end at County Road 49, and includes a spur to Lake Street near the LCBO store in Picton. The upgrade project was led by Barry Davidson with support from an ad hoc Millennium Trail Committee. Central to the success of the project was the work of dozens of volunteers who spent three weekends removing brush that had grown in along the edges of the trail, as well as trimming overhead branches to provide clearance for heavy machinery.


Trail rehabilitation gets underway

Picton Gazette

It’s full steam ahead for the Millennium Trail upgrade project. While work has been ongoing for the past week or more and over five kms of the trail has already been levelled and dressed, municipal officials, stakeholders and project supporters gathered at the trail head on Lake st on Tuesday morning to hold a ceremonial groundbreaking.

The rehabilitation of the Millennium Trail is a multi-year project in partnership with the PEC Trails, an informal community group and chief donor to the project. PEC Trails has fundraised $120,000 in support of the project, with the municipality committing a total of $370,000 over three years (2017-19).

But the tender process clearly showed trail improvement costs would be great and only small sections of the trial would be rehabilitated if the work was handed over to contracted companies.

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Shovels in the ground

Trails Committee Newsletter

We are organizing a ceremonial ground breaking event on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 to kick off the project. As donors and Friends of the Millennium Trail, you are all invited to attend and help us celebrate the start of this project that, when finished, will provide a 48- kilometre resurfaced recreational trail that will benefit County residents for years to come.

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Trail upgrade co-ordination by ad hoc committee

Picton Gazette

After twice tendering for the work and receiving higher than expected bids, it appears the municipality will take a novel direction in the effort to restore the Millennium Trail.

On Thursday committee of the whole supported a motion that would cancel the tender issued for the Millennium Trail rehabilitation. The motion would also establish the Millennium Trail rehabilitation ad-hoc committee for the purpose of facilitating the capital project as approved by council. The motion would appoint current Prince Edward County Trails Committee members Barry Davidson, Patrick Maloney, Amy Bodman, and Vincent de Tourdonnet to the committee.

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Trail upgrade program begins this fall

County Weekly News

The trek toward a smooth, more user-friendly Millennium Trail will get underway in the coming weeks.

The municipality is carrying out a three-year upgrade project in partnership with the Prince Edward County (PEC) Trails Committee, an external citizen committee dedicated to expanding and promoting The County’s trail networks. The County has committed $370,000 to the project, while the trail committee has fundraised $110,000, far surpassing its original goal of $80,000.

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Trail upgrade project begins this fall

County web site – Official

The trek toward a smooth, more user-friendly Millennium Trail will get underway in the coming weeks.

The County of Prince Edward is carrying out a three-year upgrade project in partnership with the Prince Edward County (PEC) Trails Committee, an external citizen committee dedicated to expanding and promoting The County’s trail networks. The municipality has committed $370,000 to the project, while the trails committee has fundraised $110,000, far surpassing its original goal of $80,000.

“The public support for the Millennium Trail upgrade is outstanding, and we are excited that this project is moving forward,” Mayor Robert Quaiff says. “The work undertaken over the next three years promises to deliver an outstanding recreational amenity that residents and visitors alike can experience and enjoy.”

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Almost ready to go …

Trails Committee Newsletter

In the next month or so The County will begin a three year resurfacing project that will see the trail brought up to the Wellington area trail standards as developed by the Rotary Club of Wellington. When finished, our 46 Kilometre Trail will be accessible to users of all ages and mobility capabilities.

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County Partners with PEC Trails Committee

County Press Release

As part of the project, the Trail will be graded and re-surfaced with crushed limestone, making it more accessible and enjoyable for all. Upgrades will also include the installation of kilometre markers and way-finding signage that will guide Trail users to nearby points of interest. “The Millennium Trail is a point of pride for our community,” said Mayor Robert Quaiff. “I see this project as an investment in a community asset that serves both as a recreational facility for our residents and as an added attraction for our visitors.”

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