Important updates regarding Scowen Park and new trails

The trail at Scowen Park is closed temporarily during the spring wet and muddy season.  Once the trail dries and hardens again in a few weeks, it will be reopened.  As the trail matures over the next few years, this annual closing should become shorter.  Thank you for your consideration of the trail and for your patience.
A group of volunteers have formed the ‘Friends of Scowen Park’ committee who visit the trail often to check on it’s cleanliness and general well-being.  Our sincere thanks to these volunteers for their care in keeping the trail beautiful.
The Massawippi Foundation and Massawippi Conservation Trust are busy making preparations for a grand opening of a new 3 kilometre trail on Massawippi Mountain in the summer of 2017.  Opening ceremonies will take place on August 20th and will include music, a blessing by an Abenaki Elder, a ribbon cutting and a chance to walk the trail and speak with guides about the flora and fauna present.  This will be followed by a wine and cheese reception at the Community Centre in Ste. Catherine de Hatley.  The event is free to all and we welcome everyone of all ages to take a hike with us that day and attend our reception.  More details will follow in the coming months. So, save the date!

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!

Massawippi Conservation Trust Receives 34 Acre Scowen Park

In a collaborative effort between the Scowen Family and the municipalities of North Hatley and Canton de Hatley , the two municipalities have donated a 34 acre property known as Scowen Park to the Massawippi Conservation Trust to be protected in perpetuity and to  provide recreational space for the citizens of these communities and for visitors to the area.  In the agreement, one acre with frontage on Capelton Road will be retained by the two municipalities for a future Fire Hall.  With this property, the Trust has now conserved 792 magnificent acres around Lake Massawippi since its inception in 2012.

Martha Maksym who represented the Scowen Family in the discussions, had these words about the transfer:  “The Scowen Family is so grateful to the Massawippi Conservation Trust for making our father/grandfather’s dream for Scowen Park as a recreational area to benefit the people of North Hatley and Canton de Hatley a reality.  And, our thanks to the two municipalities for agreeing to donate the land.  A win-win for everyone involved.”

Margot Heyerhoff, Chair of the Massawippi Foundation added that “The Massawippi Conservation Trust is honoured to be the new proprietor of this lovely property where, with easy access, people will be able to explore its ecological diversity.”

‘La cession du Parc Scowen à la Fiducie de conservation Massawippi permet de joinder deux objectifs partagés par la famille Scowen et les municipalités: proteger le parc comme espace vert pour l’avenir et le render accessible au public par le développement de sentiers.  De plus, il rejoint un autre objectif des municipalités au niveau de la securité publique en réservant un acre en bordure du chemin public pour la construction éeventuelle d’un caserne de pompiers.’ said Canton de Hatley Mayor Martin Primeau.

The Trust has already begun work on creating a natural and easy hiking trail in the park so that all age groups may enjoy the variety of life existing inside this beautiful forest and to ensure that the four tenets of conservation – protection, education, research and recreation – are fulfilled.

The Massawippi Conservation Trust is a registered charity whose purpose is to protect ecologically important land in the Massawippi Valley in perpetuity.  It is an affiliate member of the Appalachian Corridor Association and a member of the Nature Conservancy of Canada.


From left to right : Paul Caron, administrator; Norman Webster, administrator; Martha Maksym,
Scowen family representative; Margot Heyerhoff, president of the Massawippi Foundation.

L’entente du Parc Scowan avec le Canton de Hatley

August, 2016 – Canton de Hatley council has accepted to support the Massawippi Foundation in its Scowen Park project.  This support is shared 50%/50% with the Village of North Hatley and includes providing garbage containers, picnic tables, a chemical toilet and authorization for foot trail access to Meandre Street.


The Massawippi Foundation has retained a professional trail maker to begin the design and planning of trails on properties owned by the Massawippi Conservation Trust.  The Foundation hopes to open the first two trails to the public in 2017.  We will keep you informed on their progress.


On October 30th, 2015, the Massawippi Conservation Trust purchased 30 acres of a property known as Checkerberry Hill in North Hatley.  This wonderful forest includes the most northerly tributary on the west side that flows directly into Lake Massawippi; a marvelous stand of Red Oak trees which are rare in this area, and a multitude of other flora and fauna rich in ecological value.  The property had been in the same family for 80 years and the forest virtually untouched.  This newly protected property compliments others further down the lake.  The Trust plans to create a walking trail for all to enjoy and trail design work has already begun.

220 More Acres Conserved by Massawippi Conservation Trust

On May 25th, 2015, three owners of very ecologically important properties on the west side of Lake Massawippi met at the notary to sign Deeds of Servitude with the Massawippi Conservation Trust to conserve and protect their lands in perpetuity.  The three properties are contiguous to each other and total 220 acres.  It was a very important day for the conservation movement around Lake Massawippi.
“These three owners, as neighbours, came together as one to create a single large conservation package on a very important section of the ridge which includes the iconic “Black Point” and we thank them profoundly for their visionary co-operation.” said Margot Heyerhoff, Chair of the Massawippi Foundation.
In hockey language, this would be known as a ‘hat trick’!  Bravo to all!

Click here to view a map the new properties

George Wardman

We are very sad to report the death of our dear friend and conservation hero George Wardman on April 16, 2015 in Bermuda. We will miss him greatly but will be forever grateful for the beautiful legacy he has left to everyone who looks up to the mountain on the west side of the lake because of his generous donation of land to the Massawippi Conservation Trust made in May, 2014

Massawippi Conservation Trust to participate in Cross-Country Ski Trail

November 14, 2014 – The Massawippi Conservation Trust will be one of 24 owners in Ste. Catherine de Hatley permitting some of its property to be used for a public cross country ski trail during the winter of 2014-2015.  The trail will begin in the village and meander through privately owned fields and woods for about 15 kilometers.  Approximately 2 kilometers of forested land owned by the Trust will be part of the trail and will give people the experience of skiing in a protected area.  The Trust is very pleased to be providing a beautiful natural environment for this healthy and fun winter sport.  For more information about the trail, call Mr. Gilbert Beaupré at 819-843-7324

Massawippi Conservation Trust Tags Property #3

October 24th, 2014 – Staff from the Appalachian Corridor Association, the Chair of the  Massawippi Foundation and local volunteers spent most of this day marking the Massawippi Conservation Trust’s recently acquired 57 acre property by placing yellow tags and signs with the Trust’s logo along its perimeter.  The location of each tag is recorded on GPS for future reference.  This property is spectacular, steadily climbing up the ridge from its 1200 ft lake frontage with a steep ravine cutting through it and a beautiful brook that flows down the property into Lake Massawippi

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