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Glengarry Trails Newsletter November 2022 (revised)

Correction to the original newsletter sent on November 17, 2022. Please note in the New And Renew Construction section Roman Korytko's name was added to the group of volunteers.  Please accept our appologies.

Trail Decorations 

Volunteers needed

November 26 at 10 am

In the past couple of years it has become a tradition to decorate the red trail near Alexandria.  Each season the trail comes alive with various ornaments. We receive many positive comments and hear excited children’s voices as they enjoy the displays; however, it is a great deal of work for one or two people. Some of our past volunteers are taking a break and we hope to fill the void.  If you and/or your children are interested in decorating we will provide the materials.

For Christmas decorating we will meet at the Lochiel Street entrance in Alexandria on Saturday, November 26 at 10:00am.

If interested, please contact Helena McCuaig  613-347-2573 or meet us on November 26.

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New and Renew Construction

If you are using the red trail you will be familiar with the new lookout at the end of the boardwalk. It provides a gorgeous view of the surrounding marsh and Mill Pond. We hope many walkers and photographers will enjoy our efforts.

 

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 Skiers and winter walkers know the bridge over the Garry River on the seasonal trail going south to County Road 45. It did not weather the winter well and was closed for much of the spring and summer. There is now a brand new bridge! The cost of this major project could have been prohibitive, but we live in an amazing community. Along came Dave Minnett who said, “I have experience building bridges, can I help?” then Gator’s Metal Recycling donated all the steel for the undercarriage, and finally Heinz Kaswurm, Yvon Ranger and Roman Korytko volunteered their time and muscle to help put the steel in place and build the deck and railings. 

A huge “Thank You” to all involved.

 

 

 

The boardwalk around the lake at the Garry Fen has also received needed attention. Dave Malcolm and Heinz have replaced many of the decaying boards to ensure safe passage for the many walkers who enjoy this unique trail. If we could access a very large grant or find someone with deep pockets, it would be amazing to replace the old boardwalk.

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Mixed Use Trails

Fall will soon become winter with its beautiful snow. Skiers, snowshoers, walkers and snowmobilers will all be out enjoying the trails. Please remember to share and be considerate of others.

The FGTA sets cross country ski tracks on the trails near Alexandria. Please, please, walkers and snowshoers, avoid stepping on the ski tracks. The trail is wide enough for both.

 

 

Be aware that 5km of the Green Road trail is shared with snowmobilers. As the snow machines become faster and quieter they pose an increased danger to pedestrians. The Garry Fen trail, the Boat Launch trail and the trails in the woods near Alexandria have no motorized vehicles.

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 Walking Group

If you would like to walk the trails but not on your own you are most welcome to join the trail’s Wednesday Walking Group at 9:00am. We walk for about an hour at a moderate pace.

If interested contact Helena 613-347-2573

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*You may be interested to know*

• Why do the Friends of the Glengarry Trails require funds to maintain and promote the trails?

As always, in a nonprofit, it would be next to impossible to function without the free labour of dedicated volunteers; however, there are costs that require dollars. Annually the insurance costs top $2,500; signage, new and renewal, approximately $4,000; repair and fuel for the equipment used to maintain the trails $1,100; wood, nails and screws for boardwalk and other repairs (fluctuates annually) $2,000

• How do the Friends of the Glengarry Trails raise the money required to meet its commitments?

Memberships and donations must cover the day-to-day expenses: The FGTA depends on the generosity of the trail users.  At times fundraising has been necessary to fill gaps. Fortunately, there has been an increase in trail usage, donations and memberships.

Costly, large projects depend on grant money. In the past the FGTA applied for, and received, two Ontario Trillium Grants. We have also received North Glengarry Community Grants which helped us complete the story boards and tourism signage.

• Board openings: 

At present we have some openings on the board. We would be happy to fill them. To learn more about the organization click here or contact us

• Tales on the Trails:

We are looking for anyone or any group willing to contribute to the Tales on the Trails…. stories, paintings, photos or posters are all possibilities.  

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To contribute to the preservation of 15 Km of Glengarry's Recreational Trail system

Join us and become a member

or make a donation

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