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Niagara-On-The-Lake Heritage Trail gets a boost with new donation

The donation comes from Palatine Hills Estate Winery
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Palatine Hills Estate Winery owner Charles Neufeld presents cheque to heritage trail committee chair Rick Meleon alongside vice-chair Tony Chisholm and committee member Cheryl Morris. - Bryan Levesque/Torstar

The Upper Canada Heritage Trail in Niagara-on-the-Lake will be looking a little nicer thanks to a donation from Palatine Hills Estate Winery.

The local winery teamed up with the heritage trail committee several months ago to launch a new fundraising campaign which saw Palatine donate 25 per cent of all wine sales dedicated to the trail.

On Wednesday morning, Charles Neufeld, owner and operator of Palatine, presented a cheque for $550 to heritage trail committee members who were on hand at the winery to accept the donation.

“This is a great example of support from a local company to beautify and restore this valuable trail for everyone in Niagara-on-the-Lake,” stated Tony Chisholm, Heritage Trail Committee vice-chair.

“Thanks to Palatine Hills Estate Winery and Charles Neufeld for their outstanding contribution.”

The idea for the initiative originally came when Neufeld thought of a way to apply to the Girl Guide cookie model to support a local cause.

Chisholm said the partnership between Palatine and the heritage trail committee has produced positive results over the past year, bringing much needed attention and funds to help support the trail’s revitalization.

The heritage trail committee itself was established in 2019, to preserve and rehabilitate the trail across Niagara-on-the-Lake, and follows the historic Erie and Ontario Railroad along Concession 1 Road.

Revitalization of the trail began earlier this year, and when complete the multi-use trail will be fully accessible to runners, cyclists, and anyone looking to enjoy the outdoors and some local scenery.

Fundraising for the trail will continue, with new donations and fundraising initiatives being accepted through the heritage trail committee.

- Bryan Levesque, Local Journalism Initiative, Grimsby Lincoln News