Owen Sound Protects Shoreline Walking Trails
Significant rehabilitation of two shoreline walking trails in the City of Owen Sound was completed in 2021, thanks to investments from the Canada Community-Building Fund.
High water levels on Georgian Bay led to shoreline erosion in 2019 and 2020. Two trails in particular – The Kelso waterfront and East Bayshore waterfront trail – required attention.
The East Bayshore trail, including the Habour Walkway, was prioritized in the City’s trails master plan, as these trails serve as feeder trails for the rest of Owen Sound’s trail system and support active transportation in the city.
The shoreline and storm outflow at Kelso Trail and Kelso Beach Park sustained significant damage from high water levels over the past few years. In addition, the high water has exacerbated the issue of water at the base of the amphitheatre located nearby.
This restoration project included rerouting, asphalting and rehabilitating portions of the trails to resist future erosion from waves. Thanks to the completion of this work, these trails are once again safe and accessible to the public.