New walking trail proposed along Boiler Beach


 By Barb McKay

Residents in the Boiler Beach area are volunteering their time and skills to extend a walking trail system from Kincardine to Concession 10.

Don Bannerman presented the plan to township council during its meeting last Monday evening and said the proposed trail would cost the township very little. The Municipality of Kincardine constructed a paved walking and running trail along Goderich Street in 2014, but the trail ends at Boiler Beach Road, forcing pedestrians to walk along the road as there are no paved shoulders or sidewalks.

Bannerman said he would like to build a gravel path, stretching three and a half kilometers, parallel to Boiler Beach Road, to Concession 10.

“The bike route from Kincardine to Point Clark has also become very popular and completion of this path would tie in with the new bridge the township is proposing across the Pine River,” he told council.

Bannerman sent a survey out to property owners along the proposed path and said the plan was enthusiastically received, with many residents volunteering to help out with construction and maintenance. The work would involve clearing the proposed trail area of fallen trees and overgrown brush and laying loose gravel. The cost to the township for gravel would be approximately $3,000.

Councillor Jim Hanna asked if there were any issues with the township installing a path along Boiler Beach. Community services director Mike Fair said he has already been in touch with Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority and they do not have a problem with it since the path would not be paved.

“We’ve talked about getting people off that road for a long, long time,” Hanna said.

Mayor Mitch Twolan noted that with Kincardine’s plan to extend its trail system along Bruce Road 23 to Inverhuron there would be a trail system that would extend almost from Point Clark to Southampton.

“This is an awesome project,” he said.