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

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

Support Trans Canada Trail with Roots toque

Iconic Canadian retailer, Roots, has chosen the Trans Canada Trail as its charity of choice for its annual Canada/Roots toque campaign. Inside each Canada/Roots toque, there is a hangtag that says the following:

True to our core values of health, fitness and a love of Canada and the outdoors, Roots is contributing $2.50 from the sale of this toque to the Trans Canada Trail. The Canadian government will match 50 cents on every dollar raised so your purchase will mean a $3.75 contribution to the Trail.

See details at http://tctrail.ca/

The TCT is a national network of recreational Trails that is currently 72 percent connected. Your purchase of this toque will help complete the Trail by 2017, Canada’s 150th birthday. For more info, go to www.tctrail.ca
Roots is launching its campaign with a full-page ad on the back page of the Globe and Mail’s Style section featuring Wayne Gretzky (yes, that’s right, Wayne Gretzy!) wearing the Roots toque. You can see the same image on our TCT website, where we are helping to promote the Canada/Roots toque campaign and its contribution to the TCT.

Roots will be promoting these toques in their 130 retail stores across the country while quantities last. They will also be promoting them in their social media channels.

we invite you to share news of this promotion with your family, friends and colleagues.Let’s get as many TCT-toqued people on the Trail as possible this winter!

Vote for Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club’s trails

Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC) invited the Simcoe County Mountain Bike Club to take part in their Dirt Search contest. 12 clubs in the East and 12 clubs in the West are hoping to win $10,000.

The rules are pretty simple.

GET VOTES – win $10k.

You can vote every 24 hours before Feb 26, 2014.  Vote now: http://blog.mec.ca/2014/02/04/dirt-search-contest/

If SCMTC is fortunate enough to get enough votes and win this contest, they will build a new 10 km MTB trail loop.

Recruit your friends, share the link, vote again.  Let’s win this thing for Simcoe County.  Thanks everyone!

Support, Register, Ride!

Georgian Bay Snowriders OFSC trail now open!!

Wow!   Great News!!   The Trails are OPEN!!!
 
The  Georgian Bay  Snowriders have been working hard, over 160 hours of grooming time spent in the last week preparing trails.  And now they are ready for you to  enjoy.
But please ride with caution and be safe throughout the Christmas holiday.
Please respect our landowners by staying on the marked trail.

Volunteers are required!!

We have two great events coming up in early February.
Midland Winterfest – Puddlejumps on February 1st. 
Call Pat Murray  (705) 529-3307 to volunteer and to register.

Snowmobile Ride for Dad on February 8th.
Go to www.RideForDad.ca to register and call Mike Lauder (705) 220-0422 to volunteer
Please mark your calendars, these events you don’t want to miss.

The GBSR Volunteers Group make a great community!

For up to date status of other OFSC snowmobile trails, check the interactive OFSC website www.ofsc.on.ca.

Time to get the snowshoes and skis out!

Heavy snow in Midland

It’s been snowing non-stop since Tuesday night, and snowsqualls are expected to continue until Friday… But don’t let that stop you from going outdoors. Follow the example of the above Midland Ganaraska Hiking Club hikers, who were out today and enjoyed a brisk snowshoe walk.

So get your skis and snowshoes out and get out there!!

Note: OFSC snowmobile trails are not open as yet. Check the interactive OFSC website www.ofsc.on.ca for trail status.

ATVers: please take note of where to ride legally

A local snowmobile club is experiencing problems in the Stroud area, due to unauthorized ATV use on private land.

See http://www.simcoe.com/news-story/4252655-atv-riders-put-trails-out-of-commission/#.Up7FOvJ8Asc.facebook

ATVers should be aware of where to ride legally. A good place to find out is the Ontario Federation of All Terrain Vehicles organization www.ofatv.org, or the local Central Ontario ATV Club at http://www.coatv.ca/ or the Baxter/Severn ATV Trail Riders  http://batv.ofatv.org/

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.

Trail accessibility assessment at Schooner Town Loop Trail

Trail Crew with HETAP cart

Today, the Simcoe County Trails “trail crew” did a trails assessment on the Schooner Town Loop Trail in Wasaga Beach. The assessment consists of taking precise measurements of a trail, with respect to distance, trail width, surface type, grade, cross slope, obstructions, and GPS coordinates. They use a HETAP instrumentation cart to do so.

HETAP stands for High Efficiency Trail Assessment Process and is the automated “successor” to the UTAP (Universal Trails Assessment Process).

Measuring the trail width

In the process, the trail crew will also record and photograph features along the way, such as interpretive signs, obstructions, trail furniture, etc.

Recording of a trail feature… the Harold Culham Memorial

The Simcoe County Trails crew members are enjoying their jobs, as they get to explore new trails, and be outdoors.  Here is a view they were excited to “Instagram” about: the 3000 year old sand dunes along the Nottawasaga River. These dunes are constantly in motion due to wind activity and are getting higher every year. Bank swallows nest in the sand banks. It was a rather hard push to get the HETAP cart through the soft sand.

Sand dunes along the Nottawasaga River

For more information on the HETAP process, and how we can assess your trail for accessibility, contact us at info@simcoetrails.ca

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!!