Trails

img_1548In honour of Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017, the Massawippi Foundation and the Massawippi  Conservation Trust are generating resources for a magnificent gift to the people of our area, the country and the public at large – a network of trails that will eventually crisscross conserved property throughout the Massawippi Valley.

The official opening of the first trail, in North Hatley, will take place in July 2017, offering a year-round amenity that promises to attract visitors and residents alike.

Thanks to a generous donation from the Scowen family, The Village of North Hatley and the Canton de Hatley of 34 acres fronting Capelton Road, the first 1.5 kilometres of trails will open unofficially in October 2016. With your help, the Trust will construct an additional 8.5 kms of trails the following year along the western ridge of Lake Massawippi.

The Foundation and Trust have conserved 790 acres, with the possibility of 400 more within the next year. Having originally focused on the shoreline and peaks of the most pristine portions of the lake, the Foundation is now working to make conserved lands accessible to the public.

UPDATE MAY 2017:
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.

Why TRAILS?

Public trails open a beautiful, forested natural environment to the public on a year-round basis. Environmentally sensitive trails fulfill the four tenets of conservation:

  • Preservation: they protect the land by ensuring that people are able to use it without damaging
    environmentally-sensitive areas.
  • Education: they are “living labs” for the education of our youth.
  • Research: they provide access to biologically diverse areas.
  • Recreation: they provide a venue for healthy recreation.
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Who can use the TRAILS?

  • Any member of the public can use the trails.
  • Trails will vary in difficulty. Some will be suitable for families with young children. Others will offer greater challenges.
  • Trails can be used year round for walking, hiking and snow-shoeing.

This Year…

  • Two professional trail makers, a professional landscaper, a ropes specialist and four university students are now working on 1.5 kilometres of trails that will open unofficially this fall at Scowen Park on the Capelton Road in North Hatley.
  •  These trails are professionally designed and built to be sustainable with minimal impact on the land.
  • Trails will avoid ecologically sensitive areas so that rare or endangered species are not trampled.
  • Educational signs will enrich the outdoor experience.
  • Parking and toilet facilities will be available by summer 2017.

Next Year…

  • The Trust will open an additional 8.5 kilometres of trails by the end of October, 2017.
  • Trails are planned for properties conserved on the west side of Lake Massawippi.
  • Trails linking conserved properties on and near the Capelton Road are on the drawing board.

Looking Beyond –

  • The Massawippi Foundation has a 5-year plan to create 25 kilometres of trails and to acquire an additional 700 acres of conserved land.
  • As more land is conserved, more trails can be opened. Our eventual goal is 40 kilometres of
    trails.
  • Building high-quality trails requires substantial financial support. The maximum cost for
    25 kilometres could be as high as $600,000.
  • Building trails and conserving additional properties could cost as much as $2,500,000.
  • Building an endowment to ensure that these lands are kept pristine and usable requires a broad base of support from the entire community.

Trails require planning, expertise and maintenance.

  • Well-built and environmentally-sensitive trails are expensive to build. Bridges and rock walls are needed on steep sites or in wet areas, and trails must avoid damaging the land or causing harm to rare and endangered species.
  • Trails will be built only on land that has been conserved in perpetuity and is owned by the Massawippi Conservation Trust.
  • Trails will be constructed according to the highest standards.
  • Signs will include directional markers and information about levels of difficulty, the flora and fauna of the area and the history of the site.
  • Trails will provide access to people of varying levels of ability.

How you can help

Become a member. Your dollars make a difference!

  • An annual contribution supports our trails, conservation work and projects in every community around Lake Massawippi.
  • Donations can be directed to a specific project or activity or can be used for the Foundation’s
    greatest needs.
  • Membership is open to all and all levels of support are essential.

pdf-icon1Download the bilingual brochure and donation form here.

Let’s work together to build a green and prosperous Massawippi Valley.