The Hastings Heritage Trail may soon be lit, thanks to the local First Nation.
The Kijicho Manito Madaouskarinin Algonquin First Nation is in the process of applying for funding to install outdoor light fixtures on the Trail. The project, called Wawatesi, translates to “Firefly” in the Algonquin language. They plan on installing lighting from Millennium Park to Bridge Street, depending on the type of funding they receive.
The First Nation wants to light this part of the trail because it is used all year round. However, due to the changes in sunlight hours in the winter months, the path only has seven hours of light some days. The First Nation wants to make sure it’s safely lit and accessible for families of all ages all year round.