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History of the FGTA

Are you ready for an adventure in nature?

Head to the Glengarry Trails in the beautiful Garry River watershed just west of Alexandria, Ontario, in the Township of North Glengarry. These trails are a mix of woodland and wetland areas, perfect for year-round exploration.

The Friends of Glengarry Trails Association (FGTA) is a non-profit organization established in 1999 to create a four-season recreational trails project in partnership with local townships and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. With the help of the Canada Millennium Fund, the Municipality of North Glengarry, local businesses, service clubs, and individuals, they secured the funding required to make this dream a reality.

The trails incorporated boardwalks, small bridges, and interpretive signs thanks to the hard work of biologists, summer students, and volunteers. The Glengarry Snowmobile Club, in particular, played a significant role in the trail development at the time. These trails are maintained by volunteers and enhanced through the generosity of trail users, memberships paid to the FGTA, and fundraising events held throughout the year.

The Glengarry Trails are safe and accessible, with some trails groomed for winter cross-country skiing. Whether you enjoy hiking, bird-watching, nature tours, or biking, there is something for everyone here. You can also participate in health-promoting events such as the Terry Fox Walk/Run, Heart and Stroke Foundation walk, running, skiing, snowshoeing, and bike events.

The FGTA is always looking for volunteers to help with trail maintenance. Our Association encourages outdoor recreation and environmental education for school groups. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your gear, and let’s hit the trails!

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