New south end trail makes improved beach access


By Barb McKay

A new trail that straddles the border of Kincardine and Huron-Kinloss is making Boiler Beach significantly more accessible.

Officials from the two municipalities, along with OPG which funded the project and the Kincardine Trails Association, gathered at the top of the trail at Saratoga Road and Penetangore Road South to officially open it. The paved path extends from the intersection down a hill to Boiler Beach Road. The new trail allows walkers and cyclists and those using mobility aids to reach the beach and also connect to trails that run along Goderich Street in Kincardine and Boiler Beach Road in Huron-Kinloss.

“This trail seemed to be the missing link to tie the trails together,” said Lynda Cain of OPG. “It’s also needed for safety and accessibility.”

Community Living Kincardine and District (CLKD) has a residence on Saratoga Road, adjacent to the trail. Cain said she spoke to woman in a wheelchair during the CLKD All Abilities Beachside Run earlier this month who said she wasn’t able to get down to the beach or trails before. Brad Kirkconnell had a similar experience when he met an elderly woman with a cane on the new path.

“She was very thankful to have this trail because now she can go to the beach,” he said.

Municipality of Kincardine Mayor Anne Eadie and Huron-Kinloss Township Deputy Mayor Wilf Gamble said the trail is an example of the municipalities once again working well together as neighbours and they are pleased to have the trail available for their residents.