About the Loyalist Parkway
Kilomarkers have been installed every 5 kms along the 100 km route.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth officially opened the Parkway in 1984 at the Eastern Gates near Amherstview. By April 1988 the Master Plan was completed for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and was formally approved by the Municipalities through which the Parkway runs; "that portion of Highway # 33 between Kingston and Trenton being predominantly within the counties of Lennox and Addington and Prince Edward County". The Master Plan established the initiative to coordinate long term planning to benefit the entire region by the preservation and enhancement of the nationally significant Heritage of the area and the scenic qualities of the route.
The Master Plan is unique in that it mandates the participation of local and provincial governments as well as of individuals and groups in the private sector . The public sector is the catalyst. Thus it allows response to current needs while maintaining the objectives that, over 60 years ago, first inspired the idea for a parkway.
A one-metre wide bicycle path accompanies much of the Loyalist Parkway.
By an Order in Council in 1989 the Province of Ontario implemented the Master Plan by creating the Loyalist Parkway Group of Advisors. This lapsed in 1999 and the volunteers reformed as the Loyalist Parkway Association with the support and involvement of four municipalities, Loyalist Township, Greater Napanee, Prince Edward County and Quinte West.