Bring your family and guests to the Collingwood Labyrinth to see this exciting new addition to Harbourview Park. It could be a great way to work up a big appetite for a Thanksgiving feast or even some after dinner exercise.
Collingwood Labyrinth Trivia Challenge See who in your group can answer these Collingwood Labyrinth trivia questions:
- Where have you seen these red bricks before?
- How many red bricks are in the Collingwood Labyrinth?
- If you walked the circuits to the centre of the labyrinth and out, how far would you walk?
- What is the unique feature about the Collingwood Labyrinth that no other labyrinth in the world has?
Answers: Share with your group or be the only one who knows. Up to You.
- The red bricks were repurposed from the main streets of downtown Collingwood. They have been in storage for 5 years or more since the Downtown was revitalized.
- There are over 29,000 red bricks in the 72 ft. labyrinth
- The measurements are 415m to the centre of the Collingwood Labyrinth from the start. That means it would be approximately 850m to walk the entire labyrinth in and out. Just under one full kilometre.
- The entire labyrinth is encircled in light absorbing stones. These stones glow in the dark; an amazing and very unique feature. Come at dusk or just after to see this great site.
Where is it:
Harbourview Park, near the Arboretum. North end of Hickory St off First St. Turn North at the Beer Store.
To provide a Labyrinth experience of contemplation and healing.
Now open for you to enjoy!
Over 25 years ago George Christie was a driving force behind the eventual establishment of the Collingwood Trails Network. In 2006, George attended a seminar on labyrinths while at a trails convention in the US. Fascinated by the idea, George began promoting the plan for a Collingwood Labyrinth in Harbourview Park near both the Collingwood Trail and the Georgian Trail.
This dream came closer to a reality in September 2013 when George helped found the Collingwood Labyrinth Committee. This volunteer committee was set up to raise the funds necessary for project completion through donations and sponsorship.
The project is complete. The labyrinth has been built and is now open for use!
It is still possible to donate to the Labyrinth as well as to have a name added to the In Memory section of the plaque.
An 11-circuit Labyrinth design will ultimately be built in Harbourview Park just north of the Smart’s boiler. The diameter is approximately 67 feet and will be fully accessible.
The Collingwood Labyrinth will be a scenic extension to the Arboretum and provide a peaceful and relaxing experience for Collingwood residents and visitors alike.
What is a Labyrinth?
A labyrinth is not a maze. It has only one path to the centre and back out, which is the meaning of the term unicursal (one line). It has no blind alleys or dead ends. The path twists and turns back on itself many times before reaching the centre. Once at the centre, there is only one way back out. In this way, it symbolizes a journey to a predetermined destination (such as a pilgrimage to a holy site), or the journey through life from birth to spiritual awakening to death.
History of Labyrinth Walking
Labyrinth images are found in many cultures. The term is of ancient Greek origin, and the labyrinth in the palace of Knossos in Crete figures in Greek mythology. It is found in Hindu and Hopi images among many others. In Christian usage, a labyrinth was constructed in stone in the floor of Chartres cathedral near Paris, around the year 1200 CE. The faithful could make a pilgrimage journey to the cathedral and complete it by walking the labyrinth as the final symbol of a journey to the Holy Land. It was also used as a an act of repentance for sins. The penitent might walk it on their knees. Labyrinths are found in many Gothic cathedral
Benefits of a Labyrinth
Labyrinths are used worldwide as a way to quiet the mind, recover balance in life, mediate, gain insight, self-reflect, reduce stress and discover innovation and celebration. Labyrinths are open to everyone as a non-denominational, cross-cultural blueprint for well-being. The practice of labyrinth walking integrates the body with the mind and the mind with the spirit.
-Cathy Smart, Our Homes Magazine Summer 2014