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Summerstown Trails official opening slated for January 13

sean Jan 11, 2019 - 7:14pm

The official opening to the winter season of activities of the Summerstown Trails is scheduled for Sunday, January 13.

Recent snowfall has allowed volunteers to groom the trails for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and fat bike use. The opening had been delayed due to prevailing icy conditions and lack of snow in the Summerstown Forest.

Friends of the Summerstown Trails volunteers will be on hand, 10 a.m. through 3 p.m., to welcome and assist visitors. Equipment rental is available.

The parking lot is located on the west side of County Road 27 (Summerstown Road), just north of Summerstown Station and the Highway 401 interchange.

fat bike

Summerstown Trails 2019 opening day postponed

sean Jan 3, 2019 - 5:02pm

The official opening day for the 2019 season at the Summerstown Trails, scheduled for Sunday, January 6, had been postponed due to the icy conditions in the forest.

However, FOTST board representative Jean-Pierre Tibi tells The News that volunteers are optimistic that snow in the forecast will allow the opening day to be rescheduled. They are aiming for Sunday, January 13, though as of this posting time, this has not been confirmed.

Updates will be posted online and in The Glengarry News, as information becomes available.

Summerstown Trails official opening set for Sunday

sean Jan 5, 2018 - 11:51am

The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) are getting ready to officially mark the start of the 2018 season. Starting at 10 a.m. on January 7, the group will host a day of family-friendly activities.

There will be free ski and snowshoe rentals, volunteers serving as guides on the trails, and hot chocolate by the fire to warm you up. Learn about events and lessons taking place this winter, and meet other trail users and members of FOTST. It's time to get excited about winter!

New this year at the trails is a bigger, relocated parking lot, adjacent to Summerstown Road. 

The Summerstown Trails offer 18 km of groomed cross-country skiing trails for both classic and skate-skiing, and a separate network of 11 km of snowshoe trails. The facility is situated on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401, and are open seven days a week. There is no charge to access the trails.

files from Jean-Pierre Tibi 

Summerstown Trails to host annual clean-up day on Saturday

sean Oct 31, 2017 - 1:00pm

The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) will be holding their Annual Clean-up Day on Saturday, November 4, starting at 9 a.m.

Given that there is less garbage/litter on the trails (good news!), volunteers will also be put to work removing the fallen branches and unwanted growth on the XC ski and snowshoe trails. 

The trails are located in the Summerstown Forest, on County Road 27 (Summerstown Road) between the 401 interchange and the Glen Road crossing.

FOTST president this year is Paul Couture. He and board members Vic Leroux and Jean-Pierre Tibi will be leading the activities.

The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) is incorporated as a non-profit group run by volunteers with a stated mandate to maintain and develop green, recreational trails for healthy outdoor activities in the Summerstown Forest. In recent years, an impressive amount of progress has been made as trails have been improved and expanded, new grooming equipment and signage obtained and new activities offered, such as races, instructional lessons, outings for schools and seniors and Family Day activities. Rental of XC ski and snowshoe packages are also offered on weekends.

Ticks! Trails "at risk" area

publisher Jun 29, 2017 - 1:15pm

Check yourself for ticks whenever you go outdoors, but be particularly vigilant if you enjoy the Glengarry Trails.

That warning comes from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit, which has red-flagged the paths as “at risk” areas. “What this signifies is that although it is possible to encounter black-legged ticks almost anywhere in Ontario, there is greater risk of occurrence in those areas,” Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis writes in a recent letter to North Glengarry Township.

The black-legged, or deer tick is a prime carrier of Lyme disease.

Deadly snowmobile season

publisher Apr 21, 2017 - 2:16pm

With the data just in for the entire 2016/2017 season, the OPP is reporting 26 snowmobile deaths, which is the highest number of lives lost since the 2003/2004 season.  There were 12 deaths in February alone. Speeding, driver inattention and losing control were primary causes in half of these deaths. Notably, 17 of the 26 victims were between 45 and 64 years old.

"Our traffic data is compelling evidence that poor, careless behaviour is at the core of the majority of the fatal collisions and incidents we investigate on roads, waterways and trails. Despite the hard facts, some people fail to grasp the magnitude of their role in preventing these senseless deaths. The OPP remains committed to changing these costly behaviours through robust enforcement and education campaigns. The rest is up to Ontarians." - OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair, Provincial Commander, Traffic Safety and Operational Support.

Summerstown Trails to officially open on Jan. 8

sean Jan 2, 2017 - 1:48pm

The official opening of the Summerstown Trails for the winter season is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 8, and the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) have been busy getting things ready.

For the details, please see the Jan. 4 edition of The Glengarry News.

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(Photo courtesy FOTST)
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(Photo courtesy FOTST)

Snowshoeing race set for Saturday morning in Summerstown Forest

sean Feb 13, 2015 - 11:38pm

The Summerstown Trails will host a competitive snowshoeing race on Saturday morning, starting at 10am. The competition is expected to feature local athletes, as well as men and women from further afield. This event is part of a series of races that takes place at various sites throughout Eastern Ontario.