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Step up to support the railway winter trail!

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We need you! Step up to support the railway winter trail

For the last 6 years, Chelsea residents have enjoyed 14 kilometers of groomed passage on a multiple purpose winter trail, following the Gatineau River, but it’s not a sure thing.  The Municipality contributes   tothe maintenance and tracking cost but we need contributions from people who love the trail if we want to keep it open, year after year.  To help secure the future of the winter trail project along the Chelsea railway right of way, Sentiers Chelsea Trails is launching the Chelsea Community Trail Fund  to raise money for trail maintenance.  All contributions will go directly to the cost of trail maintenance and operation.

The geography of Chelsea, a long and narrow municipality stretching over 20 km north to south, bordered by the Gatineau River and the Gatineau Hills, makes the Chelsea railway right of way an important north-south trail link joining the neighbourhoods of Chelsea Village, Tenaga, Gleneagle, Kirks Ferry, Larrimac, Burnett, Cascades and Farmpoint.  The trail offers some of the best views of the beautiful Gatineau River and creates the basis for a seasonal, north-south linear park for Chelsea residents.

The trail, during favourable snow conditions, is tracked to provide a surface for cross-country skiing (classic and skate), snowshoeing, walking, running and sledding. Motorized vehicles are prohibited.  The Chelsea Community Trail, is easily accessible and flat, allowing for residents of all ages and abilities to get out and engage in a variety of fun, safe and healthy winter activities.

How you can help:

Donate to this fund by following the link below

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Write a letter of support to:  ski@chelsea.ca

This project contributes to the Municipality’s vision of an environmentally conscious community, where all residents have the opportunity to participate in a healthy lifestyle.

Community partners contribute to the successful operation of the Community Winter trail.

 Consistent with our mandate of encouraging the development of an integrated network for active transportation across the municipality, volunteers of Sentiers Chelsea Trails have made significant contributions: installing seasonal signage, clearing brush and obstacles. The Chelsea Nordiq Ski Club, a founding partner continues to support the project. The Municipality of Chelsea provides a major portion of the funding for trail maintenance. We also have some financial support from the Centre local de développement des Collines de l’Outaouais (CLD) local corporate sponsorships. We recognize the contribution of Robert Lafleur of Lafleur de la Capitale, who has been contracted to maintain the trail and has also provided in-kind contribution to the operation since its inception. We also recognize the contribution of Chelsea Innovation, who has made their parking lot available to trail users in the Chelsea Village area.

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*Sentiers Chelsea Trails is a non-profit organization registered with the Canada Revenue Agency with charitable registration number 808109607RR0001.  Contributors will receive a receipt for income tax purposes.

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