Labyrinth in Bowring Park
Labyrinths have been used for more than 3,000 years and can be found on nearly every continent. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path that leads you to the centre of the design. The path invites you to take a short journey. There are no tricks to using it and no dead ends.
You might use the labyrinth to remember someone or something you love, to celebrate, or to focus on a problem. You may travel alone or in community. You may use it for peace, inspiration, or relaxation; for solace, consolation, fun or exercise. Whatever the reason, experiencing the labyrinth may stimulate the relaxation response which helps ease stress.
The Labyrinth in Bowring Park was officially opened on October 8th, 2021. It is based on the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth located about 80 km (50 mi) southwest of Paris, France. Built in the 12th Century, the Chartres Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Listen to our interview with Sue Cummings about the history, meaning and importance of the labyrinth