Happy trails as SNC gears up for 70th anniversary

Rob and Tina Kilbride of Long Sault and their children Lily, 6, and Sam, 2, were among those trying out the freely available snowshoes during the special event at the Warwick Forest Conservation Area. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News
Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The Warwick Trail's highlight boardwalk overlooking a wetland. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

The Warwick Trail’s highlight boardwalk overlooking a wetland. This is the view back toward the forest. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

BERWICK — South Nation Conservation (SNC) invites residents and visitors to enjoy its  network of trails that remain open throughout the winter season — including the 4-km trail system at Warwick Forest Conservation Area showcased in its winter splendour on Saturday.

Visitors came out to the County Rd. 9 nature spot where they enjoyed free hot chocolate and tried out snowshoes that SNC borrowed from a number of other agencies for the occasion. It was the first public snowshoeing excursion organized by SNC at the  North Stormont site, one of a number of special events planned during SNC’s 70th annivesary year.

In addition to SNC’s Conservation Areas (CA), the local watershed authority works with municipal partners to keep a number of parks and trails groomed, helping increase winter recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.

“The groomed trails are suitable for a variety of winter activities including hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, on-leash dog-walking, birding, and geocaching,” said Lisa Van De Ligt, SNC Communications Specialist.

Winter grooming takes place at the following locations: Two Creeks Forest CA, near Morrisburg; Robert Graham CA, near Glen Stewart; Warwick Forest CA, in Berwick; Nokomis Park, in Limoges; and at J. Henry Tweed and W.E. Burton CA, in Russell.

In addition to these parks, SNC also partners with Russell Township to groom part of the New York Central Fitness Trail from Russell to Embrun.

Also through a partnership with the City of Ottawa, a hydro corridor multi-use pathway is groomed from Dorima/Du Plateau pathway in the west, to the end of Demeter St. and Old Trim Rd. in the east.

The combined total of all groomed trails is approximately 30 km, according to Van De Ligt.

“Last year over 106,000 people enjoyed our network of 14 day-use Conservation Areas, free of charge.  We hope to draw in even more people in 2017 through our special 70th anniversary celebrations scheduled throughout the year,” she said.

See www.nation.on.ca/recreation/winter-recreation for more information on winter recreational opportunities and directions to each SNC park with groomed trails.

SNC staff members oversaw the activities (from left): Engineering Assistant Danielle MacKinnon, Planning and Approvals' Tyne Gove,

SNC staff members oversaw the activities (from left): Engineering Assistant Danielle MacKinnon, Communications and Outreach Assistant Justine Spero, Planning and Approvals’ Tyne Gove, and Communications Specialist Lisa Van De Ligt. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

 


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