A nice day to walk the Scowen Park Trail

October 8th, 2016 – On a lovely Thanksgiving Saturday afternoon over 80 people gathered at the entrance to Scowen Park to be led on a walk on the new trail by members of the Scowen Family.

Thirty members of the family were in attendance including two out of three children of the donors of the land, Philip and Eulah Scowen, 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. They ranged in age from 6 months to 83 years! They came from Virginia, New Mexico, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Quebec, New Brunswick and Ontario.

Following a few words of welcome by Margot Heyerhoff, Chair of the Massawippi Foundation, Martha Maksym, a member of the family, then thanked the Foundation, the Massawippi Conservation Trust and the Mayors of North Hatley and Canton de Hatley for making this day possible. Her remarks were followed by quite a wonderful sight – over 80 people of all ages, some with their dogs, entered the trail to behold a forest in all its autumn glory and to walk on a trail that is a work of art, thanks to our trail designer and builder, Mahicans Diamond and his team. Everyone was smiling and looking so happy to be in this special place, most for the very first time.

Although the official opening of the trail will not take place until the summer of 2017 and there is more trail yet to build at the park, the public is welcome to use it now. There are a few temporary signs at the entrance. The trail is currently a loop bringing you back from where you began with a total distance of 1.5 kilometres. Permanent signs will be installed in the spring of 2017.

As soon as a date for the official opening has been set, we will let you know. In the meantime, enjoy the trail!

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