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Harold Town Conservation Area open

Hikers, cyclists, walkers and mountain biking enthusiasts were invited to join the celebration of trails at the Harold Town Conservation Area on International Trails Day and mark the Official Opening of the 323-acre conservation area. The event took place on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The Harold Town Conservation Area boasts 10 kilometres of trail, designed for mountain biking and also enjoyed by hikers, walkers and cyclists. The circular loop of wide open double track trail connects to sections offering single-track technical climbs, turns and drops. The trails were constructed and are maintained by members of the Peterborough Cycling Club in partnership with Otonabee Conservation.

The day’s event featured free bike tune-ups, guided rides, equipment demonstrations, cycling tips, and exhibits from local cycling clubs and trail organizations supporting outdoor recreation and trail development.

The Official Opening took place at 12:30 p.m. with a number of local dignitaries in attendance to voice the important role trails play socially, environmentally and economically, including Peterborough County Warden Jim Jones, City of Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett, Otonabee South Monaghan Reeve David Nelson, and Andy Mitchell, Chair of Otonabee Conservation.

The Harold Town Conservation Area is located at 2611 Old Norwood Road. The property was bequeathed to Otonabee Conservation by Canadian artist, the late Harold Town.

Information about the trails and a trail map are available on the ORCA website at

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