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

Horseback riding in Simcoe County

We often get the question “Where can I ride my horse in Simcoe County?” So, we asked Carole McIsaac, member of the Ontario Equestrian Federation and of the board of directors of Simcoe County Trails.

She told us that, in fact, there are lots of opportunities. Here are some suggestions:

–   County Forest tracks near OrrLake, Lafontaine, etc. A lot of the larger County Forest tracts have some super trails and are easy footing for riding.

–   Some of the lower County Forest Tracts have good hill work (especially the ones on Airport Road near the Dufferin County Forest).

–   Copeland Forest during the summer months (we are working on a winter route!). Park in the parking lot on Ingram Road, just to the east of the 4th Line of Oro Medonte.

Horseback riders may encounter other users, but most are polite and share the trails positively. Carole also commented: “I haven’t had a bad riding experience in any of the Simcoe County Forest Tracts whether motorized trail users were allowed in the forest tract, or not.  Most of the motorized users are very respectful of other users.”

Note, there currently is no official trail map of the Copeland Forest. As for the County Forests, you can find aerial photos and topo maps of the Simcoe County Forest tracts on www.maps.simcoe.ca. Turn on the “Forestry and Recreation“ Theme. In the Topo view, you can see green dotted lines, which are the forest tracts.

Note: you would be well advised to take a GPS with you, as there are no wayfinding signs in the forests.