Walking circles a great way to excercise, explore

If you like walking outdoors you can download a pamphlet and have an even more enjoyable experience walking in downtown Picton.

Walking is excellent exercise and it can also be a great way to experience the town of Picton. The walking circle idea was conceived originally to connect the Millennium Trail to the downtown Picton area and at the same time address a common question asked by trail walkers: “How do we get back to our car without retracing our steps?”

The Picton Recreation Committee and the Picton Business Improvement Association (BIA) worked together to design a set of three walking circles in Picton with lengths of 5, 3 and 1 kilometres. They produced a map of the routes that is colourful and easy to follow. The longest route on the map (5 km) includes slightly more than 2 km of the Millennium Trail, as well as a walk through the downtown area. The 3 km route also takes you through downtown Picton, and then through an older residential section of town. The shortest route is described in the brochure as a leisurely 1 km “walk in the park”.

All routes start and end in the centre of town at the Mary Street Parking Lot where there used to be a large sign version of the map. Have to admit that I’m not sure it’s still there!

You will find free parking in this municipal parking lot. The BIA also included line drawings of stretches that you can use before and after you walk. The routes were designed to accommodate a wide range of walking interests. If you’d like a copy of the map search “Picton Walking Circles” on Google. Also, check the Community Care Facebook page as I’ve linked a copy there. When this pandemic winds down you can again be involved in Community Care’s indoor walking programs that we offer in both Picton and Wellington. Both programs are currently on hold.

If you’re interested in other fitness offerings check out the Community Care website for information on upcoming webinars on dancing, fitness, chair exercises and more.

Seniors call regularly to find out about all types of webinars, zoom events, and group phone calls. Some of the topics coming up are CRA Benefits & Credits for Seniors, Beyond the Beech – a look at woodland critters, Toad Talk, and more. We’re also holding regular “Tea Parties”. Lots to get involved in during these dreary, dark days. We’ll even help you get started with zoom. Or you can join by telephone. Don’t delay.

Call 613-476-7493 and find out more. www.communitycareforseniors.org

-Debbie MacDonald Moynes