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Grand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail on June 28, 2017


Midhurst / June 19, 2017 – The County of Simcoe, in partnership with the City of Barrie, Township of Springwater and the Trans Canada Trail organization, invites media to attend the Grand Opening of the Hickling Recreational Trail. The ceremony will occur on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 10 a.m. at the trail entrance located at 1246 Snow Valley Road, Springwater.

The Hickling Recreational Trail is the first multi-use trail that directly connects Barrie to Springwater and is one of four additional trail connections being constructed over the summer that will allow residents using non-motorized means of transportation to move between the two municipalities. These five sections of new trails will also complete an 11 kilometre gap in the Trans Canada Trail between Springwater and Barrie and help form part of the 165 km Simcoe County Loop Trail which will launch later this summer.

In addition to financial support from the County of Simcoe, the project received funding from the Trans Canada Trail; the Government of Canada through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150); and Hydro One.



Grand Opening of Hickling Recreational Trail


1246 Snow Valley Road, Springwater Township
Entrance to Hickling Recreational Trail


Wednesday, June 28, 2017
10 a.m.

Commitment to Forestry and Active Communities:

At approximately 33,000 acres and growing, the Simcoe County Forest is the largest municipally-owned forest in Ontario and among the largest of its kind in Canada. The County continues to invest in strategic forestry acquisitions and within the past decade, the County Forest has expanded by more than 3,700 acres. Through its Trails Connecting Communities Program, the County makes $250,000 in annual funding available to local municipalities to construct and improve active transportation infrastructure, which often include, but not limited to, recreational trails. Since 2009, the County has provided more than $1.5 million to local municipalities towards the completion of 61 trail and active transportation projects. Furthermore, our County-owned forests contain more than 450 km of trails used for various recreational purposes. These trails are developed and maintained by non-profit groups through a high degree of volunteerism.

County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at



Allan Greenwood
Director, Corporate Communications 
705-726-9300 ext. 1230
705-794-9301 (mobile)

Collin Matanowitsch
Communications Co-ordinator
705-726-9300 ext. 1430
705-734-8386 (mobile)