New Tecumseth Trans Canada Trail in jeaopardy!

The construction of a 26 km gap in the Trans Canada Trail through New Tecumseth was well underway … until council of the Town of New Tecumseth recently halted further construction, due to opposition from local farmers.

This topic will again be discussed by New Tecumeth council on March 31 at 7 PM in the council chambers. Your support in person, or by writing to the Mayor would be greatly appreciated.

For more information on the project, see http://newtecumseth.ca/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/Trail-Summary-2.pdf. This site also includes a real neat video of the proposed trail route.

The following article outlines the arguments of the trail opponents. http://www.madhunt.com/trail-takes-council-hit-20140304.html

And here is a great article in support of closing the gap in the Trans Canada Trail through New Tecumseth.

The council in New Tecumeth now wants to look into using on-road linkages between the 9th and 14th lines of New Tecumseth, rather than using the abandoned railway the Town of New Tecumseth owns, which would be much safer and much more attractive.

To write to Mayor McEachern and members of council:

Town of New Tecumseth, 10 Wellington Street East Alliston, ON  L9R 1A1 By phone: 705-435-3900 or 905-729-0057         Fax: 705-440-1170 By e-mail: mayor@newtecumseth.ca;

Thanks for your support.

Simcoe County Trails

Greenway survey request from Ireland

Greenway design – a survey  (10 min)

Richard Manton
PhD candidate in Civil Engineering at NUI Galway

Dear colleagues,
As part of my PhD research on designing for walking and cycling, I am running a survey on the design of greenways. The survey asks user preferences on greenway design and on factors such as environmental impact. The link to the survey is: www.surveymonkey.com/s/greenwaydesign
If you have any queries about the survey or this research, please do not hesitate to contact me at: r.manton1@nuigalway.ie
Many thanks, Richard

 

Greenway Surveysurveymonkey.com

Hike leader certification course May 24

Hike Ontario, in partnership with the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association is hosting a Hike Leader Certification Course on May 24, 2014 in  Peterborough, ON.

The course is designed to train leaders to safely lead day hikes, which are within 2 kms of EMS support (i.e. not remote wilderness hikes).

Cource registration fee: $ 50.

Note: participants will receive a free 1 year membership in the Ganaraska Hiking Trail Association (a $25 value).

For more information, see Hike leader poster – Kawartha May 2014 or contact Eveline Stout 705-874-6028 or estout@cogeco.ca

Hunting season is upon us!!

Hunting is one of the many activities enjoyed in the forest and is considered a very safe recreational activity in Ontario. Both hunters and non-hunters need to do their part to respect the privileges of other users and keep the outdoors enjoyable for everyone.

Most fall hunting takes place between early September and mid December.  You can find detailed information on the Ministry of Natural Resources website:

http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/Business/FW/2ColumnSubPage/291144.html

To find out specific dates, you need to know that Simcoe County is for the most part in Wildlife Management Areas 76A to 76E,  WMU 77A to 77C as well as WMU 81B.

In Simcoe County, the controlled deer hunt season, which seems to attract the most hunters, is November 4 to 8, and December 2 to 6, 2013.

Be Safe Be Seen is a safety campaign to create awareness amongst trail users. For more information, go to http://beseenbesafe.simcoetrails.ca/.

Particularly in the fall, trail users may want to be seen and be safe.

 

At a minimum, wear bright colours!

  • wear bright orange (hat, vest, scarf, bandana, helmet cover) instead of beige, brown, white orblack clothing.
  • During turkey season (late spring) avoid wearing red, white, blue or black.
  • Cover your backpack with orange.
  • Put brightly coloured markers on horses, dogs & other pets. (Make or buy an orange rump sheet for your horse. Put an orange bandana on your pet).

Do your part to share the woods safely and respect each other and the land we share.

Copeland Forest… in the fall

We are just amateurs, but recently discoverd mountain biking… What a great way to see and enjoy our local landscapes. One great place to visit is the Copeland Forest.

Stopping to take a picture of the gorgeous fall colours

The Copeland forest, located in Central Ontario close to Barrie and Horseshoe Valley Resort, is one of the loveliest forests in southern Ontario and is comprised of 4,400 acres. It is full of lush undergrowth, towering old pines, unusual wildflowers and ferns, and hectares of maples, oaks, beeches, birches and evergreens.  Depending on the time of year, you may glimpse interesting wildlife like wild turkey, kingfisher, wood ducks and red-winged blackbirds.  The forest is home to more than a dozen species of sedges and numerous wildflowers.  There are natural views of a duck pond, beaver lodge and the Coldwater River.

Wetland along the 3rd line

The forest offers a variety of trails, some are very easy and others are way too technical for the beginner mountainbiker. None of the trails are marked, so you will need a very good sense of orientation, or a good GPS.

Single track trail in the Copeland Forest

Hikers can follow the white blazes of the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, which winds through the Copeland Forest on the Ganaraska Trail’s 600 km route from Port Hope on Lake Ontario to Glen Huron, near Georgian Bay.

For more information on the Copeland Forest, check http://www.couchichingconserv.ca/copeland-forest/

Fore more information on the Ganaraska Hiking Trail, check http://www.ganaraska-hiking-trail.ca/

For more mountain biking information, check the website of  the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club at http://www.scmbc.ca/.

Enjoy!!