Marlaine Koehler of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, joined Shellbacks again to give us an update on The Waterfront Trail. She joined us seven years ago when the trail was being extended to Lake Erie. Much has developed since then.
Stretching over 3000km, the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is a route connecting 140 communities and First Nations along the Canadian shores of the Great Lakes region and a signature project of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. Regarded as the first step towards a regenerated waterfront, the Trail has served as a catalyst for improvements in many of the communities it joins.
The Great Lakes Waterfront Trail connects:
140 Communities, villages and First Nations
3 Great Lakes, touching a fourth, Lake Superior in Prince Township
5 Bi-national Rivers
3 UNESCO Biospheres
33 Provincial Parks
5 National Parks including Canada’s First National Urban Park
21 National Historical Sites
477 Waterfront parks
83 Conservation areas (protected wetlands, forests, meadows)
169 Beaches, including 13 Blue Flag awarded beaches
3 Major wine regions
15 Bicycle Friendly Communities
16 Ontario By Bike Regions; and hundreds of businesses designated as bike-friendly
12 International border crossings
45+ Major connecting trails including the Greenbelt Route, Bruce Trail, Niagara River Recreation Trail, Saugeen and Bruce County Rail Trails and the Voyageur Trail. Many sections of the GLWT are designated as part of the cross-Canada Great Trail
The Waterfront Trail web site is a great resource for trip planning, with downloadable detailed maps, an online interactive map, and many other tools and sources of information.
About Marlaine Koehler
Marlaine Koehler is the Executive Director of the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. She has spent the past 20 years developing and leading the partnership regenerating the Great Lakes waterfront through the creation of the spectacular and award-winning Great Lakes Waterfront Trail. Under her leadership, the Trust has garnered nearly $40-million in public/ private investment in the waterfront and brought together an innovative and active community partnership of 140 communities, First Nations, and NGOs. Awards include: David Crombie Urban Leadership Award (2013) Jessica Marland Partnership Award (2016) and OALA Service to Environment Award (2016).
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