Good News - Spring has arrived on the Trails

There may be wet spots, so wear appropriate footwear.  During this Stay at Home Order in Ontario, the trails remain open.  Please observe protective protocol and wear a mask when encountering other people on the trails.  Try to maintain 2-metre distance when meeting others on the trails.  Be respectful.  A reminder also that dogs must be leashed. Remeber also to stay on the trails as much as possible.  The trails are being used more and more as Spring comes on. Soon the woods will be filled with beautiful Trilliums. Remember to stay on the path.  Our membership has increased recently because more and more folks are discovering the beauty of the trails.  You can join our association, the Friends of Glengarry Trails below.   

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An Example of Footwear

The lastest fashion in hiking footwear is not the boot - it's the sock for tucking pants into.  A very safe way to go to avoid ticks, that are already showing up in this season as it grows warmer once again.  Also, wear a hat, and preferably long sleeves.  Check yourselves and each other carefully after returning from hiking.  The latest groaner tick jokes are about Corona and Lymne, not a great combination.

Moose Spotted on the Green Trail

Photo is from Wikimedia - attributed to Veronika Ronkos 2011

The Glengarry Trails are in the Natural Area west of Alexandria in the Garry River Watershed.   This area is included in a natural heritage system, which is defined by the Province of Ontario as: 

A system made up of natural heritage features and areas, and linkages intended to provide connectivity (at the regional or site level) and support natural processes which are necessary to maintain biological and geological diversity, natural functions, viable populations of indigenous species and ecosystems. These systems can include natural heritage features and areas, federal and provincial parks and conservation reserves, other natural heritage features, lands that have been restored or have the potential to be restored to a natural state, areas that support hydrologic functions and working landscapes that enable ecological functions to continue. The Province has a recommended approach for identifying natural heritage systems, but municipal approaches that achieve or exceed the same objectives may also be used”   (Provincial Policy Statement 2014).

for more on this see the following link: SNC Animal Sightings

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Tina Cairncross 

We join the community in mourning, and remembering, this wonderful lady, pictured above.  In the early days of the of the FGTA she served on the board and brought her outdoor education students to work on bushwhacking through the woods. In recent years she encouraged the use of the trails and led adult volunteers in maintaining them. She will be missed. Rest In Peace, Tina.  Here, ever the teacher, Tina is discussing snowshoeing with a group of young people. 

The Friends of Glengarry Trails Association is accepting donations in remembrance of Tina.  You can donate online here, or by mail at PO Box 108, Alexadria, Ontario K0C 1A0, Please let us know you are remembering Tina Cairncross with your donation.

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Annual General Meeting

Last year's Annual General Meeting was held in August outdoors at Alexandria Island Park with distancing and masking protocol.  Stay tuned for an announcement of an annual members meeting in the next few months.  Meanwhile, the Board of Dircectors continues meeting regularly by Zoom to keep up with maintenance, development and promotion of our beautiful trail system.

To become a member, please see our membership and donations page on our website GlengarryTrails.Com  $20 per year for individuals; $30 per year for families.  New catagory of 5-year membership is $95 for individuals and $145 for families.  

We welcome volunteers to help maintain, develop and promote the trials.

For members, the Board of Directors has been working on updating the Bylaws of the FGTA.  You can review the changes at our website - GlengarryTrails.Com - see this page - Bylaw Revisions 2021 .