On Saturday, Feb. 9, the Summerstown Forest will be the site of the local leg of the Dion Snowshoe Race series. For all the details, including how you can participate in either the full 7.55 km course or the friendly challenge race of 3.5 km, be sure to see this week's edition of The Glengarry News.
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.
According to Jean-Pierre Tibi of FOTST, the trails in the Summerstown Forest remain open for snowshoeing and skiing, though the mild weather is taking its toll on the snow.
Today, a group of students from CCVS will be taking advantage of the facilities.
Tibi is optimistic that the base will survive the mild weather and forecast rain, as the trails have been hard-packed by hundreds of school kids in recent weeks. The snow in the forest itself is quickly disappearing.
Last Monday, for Family Day, the Summerstown Forest hosted several hundred visitors, including 278 who took advantage of the free equipment rental. Tibi believes that many of these individuals were first-time visitors.
FOTST has a moonlight outing for members planned for March 10. The evening will wrap up with everyone retiring to Jack's Pub in Williamstown.