The primary purpose of the Island Lake Community Trails Project is to provide enhanced tourism, recreation, and educational experiences to headwaters and Island Lake Conservation Area visitors and residents by completing a perimeter lake trail, with side trail linkages into the surrounding communities of Orangeville and Mono.
The trails provide year round access, enjoyment and appreciation to the outstanding natural scenery of Island Lake, while also meeting Credit Valley Conservation’s objectives for protection and appreciation of natural systems of the headwaters through the provision of appropriate outdoor recreation and tourism initiatives.
The Trail is constructed to meet a 2.7 metre wide design standard that is widely accepted for barrier-free shared use pathways. Viewing platforms and boardwalk will extend over wetland and lake features to enhance interpretive experiences and are critical to the proper crossing of sensitive natural areas.
The Friends of Island Lake were established in 2005 as a fundraising committee under the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation. The Friends were formed to enhance community involvement and awareness of the need to expand the current trail system at Island Lake Conservation Area. The Friends of Island Lake are local residents and community members dedicated to ensuring that the community and its visitors benefit from quality educational, interpretive and recreational opportunities at Island Lake Conservation Area.
Upcoming Fundraising Events:
- Autumn Trail Donation Day – Oct 13 2018
- Bass Fishing Derby – July 14/15 2018
- Ice Fishing Derby – Feb 2019
- Spring Trail Donation Day – May 2019
For more information about sponsoring or getting involved with our fundraising events, please contact Jacob Pries at jpries
Our Success to Date:
In the past 10 years, the Friends of Island Lake have:
- Raised more than $1,800,000 in donations (cash and in-kind labour and materials)
- Completed more than 10 kilometers of fully accessible trail at Island Lake Conservation Area
- Contributed more than 10,000 volunteer hours each year
- Hosted 9 incredible Bass Fishing Derbies that have attracted hundreds of out-of –town visitors
2001: the South Shore Section of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail opened. The trail was officially named to recognize the outstanding contributions made by CVC’s retired General Manager.
2007: the Island Lake Trail, the first community trail linkage to the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail was officially opened. The 920-metre, fully accessible hiking and cycling trail was built by the Town Mono in partnership with CVC, the County of Dufferin, and Nottawasaga Conservation Authority with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
2009: the North Shore section of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail was opened thanks to support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Town of Mono, Mountain Equipment Coop and the TD Friends of the Environment, Orangeville Chapter.
2010: the South Access Trail Section of the Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail opened providing the integral link to the Town of Orangeville municipal trail system. This section received significant funding support from the National Trails Coalition.
2013: We bridged the gap! After successfully raising more than $600,000 the Friends helped construct five boardwalks: three water crossings and two land crossings on islands to connect the existing north and south shore trails. The grand opening of the bridges was held on June 22, 2013.
2015: We closed the gap and finished the perimeter lake trail! The successful achievement of this 10 year multi-million dollar fundraising campaign and the subsequent construction of perimeter lake trail was made possible by the Friends of Island Lake. After successfully raising more than $700,000 the Friends helped construct boardwalks and land crossings to connect the existing north and south trails via the west side of Island Lake. The grand opening celebration was held on August 28, 2015. Under the leadership of co-chairs, Bob Shirley and Wayne White, the Friends led an ambitious and tremendously successful community engagement campaign.
2016: The Friends of Island Lake continue to support improvements to the trail, such as ensuring it exceeds the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, and raising funds to build accessible fishing piers. Planning for future trail amenities got underway and hosting fundraising events such as the 8th Annual Island Lake Bass Derby and Trail Donation Days were highlights of the year.
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