New trails underway in Chelsea Park

The trail building in the area encircled by Old Chelsea, the 105, and Scott is a good example of the spirit and vision of Chelsea Trails. This ‘triangle’ contains two elementary school, the Meredith Centre, and many homes and municipal green spaces. But right now, in many cases, a child living 500 metres from their school can’t walk or bike there. This is particularly true if the only entrance to a home or street is off of the 105, on which children are not allowed to ride their bikes (since the speed limit for cars is 70km/hr).

Marc Desjardins, the SCT Sector Champion for this area, hopes to change all that. For the past several years, Marc has been working with the municipality and local landowners to create a system of footpaths that can link streets in this area to each other and to access points on Scott and Old Chelsea. Work this summer  will be done behind Ben’s Towing but there are also three other paths in this area that have either been restored or are in the planning stages. Much of these trails follow municipal corridors, but some portions are only possible thanks to the collaboration of local landowners. Marc has knocked on many doors and held open meetings to garner support, and has taken the wishes of local landowners into account when designing certain portions.

As always, these improvements would only be possible with many hours of volunteer effort, in collaboration with the municipality. One important volunteer has been Leilak Anderson, a certified arborist, who has kindly donated and delivered extra mulch for the trails.


Time Again to Get Ready for Winter along the Rail Corridor – a Call for Volunteers!

Time Again to Get Ready for Winter along the Rail Corridor – a Call for Volunteers!

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Snow is not too far away! And once it comes, the rail corridor will transform, as it has for the past 10 years, into a beautiful ski and walking trail along the river.

But this only happens thanks to the efforts of volunteers who clear out obstructing weeds and brush before that snow flies. If you have free time in the morning on Saturday November 12th or 19th, and would enjoy some exercise, comradery, and being plied with goodies and coffee, see this call for volunteers for more information and to sign-up. (more…)

What’s that noise coming from the railway tracks last weekend? Brush clearing on the railway work bee, Sat. 31 October, 2015

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It’s the sound of volunteers clearing the trail with bushcutters to make ready for Rob Lafleur’s groomers – for yet another wonderful winter of beautiful skiing on the tracks.

Alain Piche of Chelsea Trails is organizing 3 weekend workbees along the tracks. Next one is this Saturday, 31 October. If you’re interested in joining us, call Alain for more info: 819-827-3750

Bring your personal safety equipment, work gloves, safety glasses, and pruners if you have them.

SCT needs some helping hands! Partner Work with NCC on trail behind Protestant Cemetery in Old Chelsea, 17-17 & 24-25 October, 2015

This October, Sentiers Chelsea Trails (SCT) will be partnering with the National Capital Commission (NCC) on a project to rehabilitate trails and to undertake habitat restoration between the village centre and the Chelsea Creek ravine. The work complements the new bridge connecting the Chelsea Picnic Grounds on Kingsmere Road to Old Chelsea Road and the adjacent cemetery (known as the Old Chelsea Protestant Burial Grounds). (more…)

Trail building from Hwy 105 at Pine to Winnisic, 1 November, 2014

Work continues on the municipal trail near chemin Des Pommiers. Volunteers are seen here constructing boardwalks over wet areas. The Municipality of Chelsea provides tools and materials and Chelsea Trails volunteers provide labour. This trail now stretches from Route 105 to Winnisic Road with a connection to chemin des Pommiers

Trail building on trail from 105 at Pine Rd to Winnisic.

Trail building on trail from 105 at Pine Rd to Winnisic.

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