Countryside Adventures donating 20 percent of this weekend’s gate to CHEO

Snapshot of a skating ice trail at Countryside Adventures, with inset photo of owner Nicolas Seguin. Zandbergen photos, Nation Valley News

MOOSE CREEK — Lace ’em up this weekend at Countryside Adventures and help the popular winter attraction raise money for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.

The owners says they will donate 20 percent of admissions collected this weekend (Feb. 23-24) to the cause.

“We decided to do a fundraiser for the CHEO Foundation as many of our clients are families with small children,” says proprietor Nicholas, adding, “I am also a first-time father of a six-month-old boy.”

Featuring three kilometres of forested ice-skating trails, along with snowshoeing and cross country ski trails, Countryside Adventures has been a local tourism hit since the North Stormont Township operation made its debut last year. As well, the place offers “plenty of other activities for the family including a sledding hill, small farm animal petting zoo, bonfire area, and a food truck serving delicious food,” notes Seguin.

They also rent skates and other equipment for last-minute visitors looking to experience perhaps the longest skating rink this side of the Rideau Canal.

This weekend’s hours are the same as usual — 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

The owners say it’s been a good winter at their 16495 Sixth Rd location with about 5,000 visitors through the gates by early February.

See the Countryside Adventures website  and Facebook page.

Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

Below, NVN interviews Countryside Adventures owner Nicolas Seguin last year. The operation now boasts a full 3-km of skateway trails.
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