On August 11, 2012 a dozen members of Chelsea Trails participated in a trail building training workshop in Wakefield given by two members of the International Mountain Bike Association’s Trail Care Crew, a dynamic two-person team of professional trail builders. Supported by Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail, the Crew travels across the country year-round, educating Canadians about how to design and build sustainable, multi-use trails.

The daylong event – organized in partnership with Wakefield Ensemble – included a morning classroom session on sustainable trail design, while the afternoon saw participants roll up their sleeves to use specialized trail building hand tools to construct a short section of trail.  While many of us would assume trails can be easily built using common garden tools such as spades and rakes, the benefits of using a Rogue Hoe, Pulaski Axe or Lamberton Rake should not be under-estimated – these specialized tools are wonderful! Chelsea Trails is working with the Municipality of Chelsea to acquire these tools for use in trail building projects.

The timing of the workshop was perfect – just in time for Chelsea Trails’ first trail construction project slated to start in September near chemin des Pommiers, at the northern end of the Municipality of Chelsea. Volunteers are needed so if you are interested in helping with this project, please contact Doug Taylor at [email protected]