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Candlelit Walk

Annual
Candlelight Walk

in the Maitland Woods

Embark on a captivating journey as the Maitland Woods Trail is transformed into a glittering forest. The trail will come alive with the flickering of over a hundred candles, creating a fairy-tale atmosphere complemented by artful lantern installations hidden throughout the woods. 

Join us for a magical evening and enchanted forest experience.

The Maitland Trail Association organizes this magical family event as part of

Goderich Winterfest (exploregoderich.ca).

 

If you have your own candle lantern, handmade or bought, bring it along and place it along the trail!

DATE:  Friday, February 2, 2024

TIME:  Participants may start at the Trail Entrance any time between 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm (trail closes at 9:00 pm)

 

TRAIL DISTANCE:  1.5 KM

LOCATION:  Maitland Woods behind Columbus Centre, 390 Parsons Court, Goderich. Participants will set out from the trail entrance at the southwest end of the Columbus Centre parking lot. 

 

VOLUNTEERS: If you’d like to help light candles or assist with other aspects of this event, including lantern workshops, please contact Con Melady at 519-524-8730 or send us an email. About 30 volunteers are needed for this event. 

 

REFRESHMENTS: Available at the Columbus Centre after the walk (donations welcomed)

 

WASHROOMS: Available at the Columbus Centre

 

ATTIRE: Trail surface and boardwalk conditions vary according to snow or ice accumulations. Dress warmly and appropriately for the weather, including winter footwear.

LANTERN-MAKING WORKSHOP - January 2o, 2024

The unique lanterns lining the trail are the result of an MTA community art project. 

Saturday, January 20, 2024
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Goderich Parks Shed
371 Parsons Court, Goderich
Participant fee: $10

This is a drop-in event. 

Lantern building demonstrations will occur at 10:00 AM and 1:00 PM.

Make a lantern for the annual Candlelight Walk event happening during Goderich’s Winterfest weekend! 

This is a great activity for the new or seasoned crafter. Materials are provided.

For workshop questions, contact Brian Cox at brianfcox@gmail.com

This event is so rewarding – please consider participating this year!

 

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE CANDLELIGHT WALK!
ABOUT THE MAITLAND WOODS TRAIL

The Maitland Woods is a wetland located within the town’s boundary on town-owned land. The trails are proudly maintained by volunteers of the Maitland Trail Association. MTA has been providing this unique experience of a candlelit winter walk for over 30 years, and has contributed to creating an increased awareness of this woodland within our community, which helped to secure the long term health of the ecosystem. Building awareness of this urban wetland is the first step to ensuring that it is valued by residents.  We encourage everyone to get outside and walk to keep healthy and happy … and to protect these special places within our community.

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