Candlelit Walk

2023 Update: 

It’s on!

WHEN:  Friday ,February 3rd , 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

WHERE:  Maitland Woods , 390 Parsons Court (Columbus Centre) , Goderich 
The Maitland Trail Association organizes this annual event as part of the Town of Goderich’s Winterfest, and it is always a magical adventure. 
A one and one-half kilometre portion of the trail in the Maitland Woods will be transformed by the flickering beauty of 120 candles set out along the trail. There will also be several handmade lanterns along the trail.
Participants can set out from the trail entrance at the south west end of the Columbus Centre parking lot (Parson’s Court) anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 pm – trail closes at 9:00 – trail surface and boardwalk conditions vary according to snow or ice accumulations.
Anyone who has their own candle lanterns (home-made or bought) is welcome to bring them and set them out somewhere along the trail also.
$ donations welcome – refreshments available – washrooms available at Columbus Centre.
Volunteers are welcome. Call Con Melady at 519 524-8730 if willing to help light the trail or assist with other aspects of the event. 


2017 was our 23rd Anniversary of the Candlelit Walk!

This fun event is part of Goderich’s Winter Festival which is always on the first weekend in February. Participants of all ages set out on the trail to see it transformed by the flickering beauty of candlelight and handmade lanterns hanging in the trees. Everyone who has their own candle lanterns (home-made or bought) is encouraged to add to the magical experience by bringing them and setting them out somewhere on the trail.

Many of the unique lanterns lining the trail are the result of the efforts of an artisan in our group, Karen Melady, a local artist dedicated to community art projects. In preparation for the walk, Paula, Peggy and Marnie hold 2 lantern making workshops in January. Watch for details about the workshops in the MTA newsletter.   After the walk, come in to the Hall to enjoy a cup of hot cider or cocoa and a cookie. We hope to see you there! About 30 volunteers are needed for this event.  If you’d like to help out, send us an email.

Some history…
The site of the trail is the Maitland Woods, a local wetland within the town’s boundary and adjacent to our industrial park.  For over 20 years, MTA has been providing a unique experience of a winter woodland walk by candle light.  With the support of a Community Art Project, the youth-driven Community Rebuild Team, and an arboretum enthusiast, the event continues to gain interest.  The cooperation of these diverse groups has succeeded in creating an increased awareness of this woodland within our community, and has had significant impact on stemming development in the area.  Building awareness of this urban wilderness is the first step in ensuring that it is valued by residents.  Encouraging people to be outside and walking is a way to keep healthy and happy, and to protect these special places.