Last month I learned something new

Emma Meldrum ~ It's a Fact!
Last month I learned something new

I’ve been working for the City of Cornwall for three years now, and figured I had insider knowledge on all the best locations for walking, biking, and canoeing. I was wrong.

When my typical canoe launch area at the Cornwall Canal was a little busy, my brother and sister-in-law recommended trying Guindon Park.
2020 was a banner year for the park – after years of being a well-kept secret, tons of Cornwall residents discovered the serene forested trails, perfect for summer walks or winter cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fatbiking.

And I knew that Guindon Park had a boat launch, and a popular one at that.

But it had never occurred to me that the calm, clear waters there would be equally ideal for unmotorized boating.

We saw several kayakers on our short jaunt, which led us past the Cornwall-South Stormont boundary and towards one of the many flooded roads that hint at our community’s history. Speed boats and seadoos kept a respectful distance from our canoe, and it was easy to pop the canoe in and out of the water a short distance from the boat launch.

It was a perfect excursion for a few reasons. One – the sun was shining. Two – I forgot my paddle, and got to lean back and relax while my family did all the work.

Three – I could revel in the discovery of another gem in my beloved community.

I’d love to hear about the places in Cornwall that feel like home to you. Is there a trail you go back to year after year? A playground your kids can’t get enough of?

A beautiful spot to canoe you’d like to share? Email me at or message the City of Cornwall on Facebook.

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