Corporate Trail Leaders
Chelsea TrailsSCT is a community based, not-for-profit group dedicated to the preservation and creation of a green trail network linking the village centre, schools and community centres to neighbourhoods and to the natural assets of Gatineau Park and the Gatineau River.
The Community Winter Trail is up and running for 12th ski season. There will now be close to 21 kilometres of groomed trail reaching from the Morrison Quarry in the north, to chemin Wallace in the south. For this year, the trail ends at Wallace because of safety and stability concerns resulting from the summer washouts which occurred between Wallace and Loretta.
A groomed trail like this could not survive without strong community support from a volunteer force, our municipal government, the investment and involvement of local businesses through sponsorships and individuals who donate to the Chelsea Trails winter grooming fund. We are proud to say our 6 major sponsors are all back for another year. They include Gazifere, Greg Christie’s , Lafleur, Le Nordik, Physiosport Chelsea and Pub Chelsea. Continue reading
A dozen volunteers from Chelsea Trails spent 90 hours this fall building a small bridge across a creek on the municipal trail in the Route 105 – Pine Road area. The work was done during three Saturday morning work bees, using materials and tools provided by the Municipality of Chelsea. Heavy rains and a new beaver dam located nearby made for high water, making the job a bit more challenging.
Recently, Sentiers Chelsea Trails provided all candidates with a trails related questionnaire. It was an opportunity for candidates to relate their ideas around trails, active transport, and connecting neighbourhoods. Continue reading
Sentiers Chelsea Trails (SCT) is a not-for-profit organization registered as a charity with CRA. It was created by Chelsea residents to protect and improve the network of non-motorized trails linking neighbourhoods and offering residents an attractive and safe means to travel and enjoy nature. Since the last municipal elections, SCT has seen both its level of activities and community support grow. For that reason, SCT is asking candidates for the municipal elections to complete the following questionnaire Continue reading
Rebook for next week, Sunday October 22. Due to the super rainy forecast for Sunday, we are postponing our hike on Chelsea Park’s new trail this weekend and moving it until next Sunday. Same time & same place.
Join us on a guided walk of Chelsea’s newest trail. Annual Chelsea Trails Hike: Sunday, 15 October, 10h, École du Grand-Boisé
Residents have been working on connecting the neighbourhoods of Chelsea Park for the past few years. Come and see what has been accomplished! Board member and leader of the effort, Marc Desjardins, will facilitate the hike from Grand-Boise, showing us the new linkages between Belle Terre and du Manoir (off Meredith) and the new trail of two bridges to the 105.
We will return to École du Grand-Boise in approximately 2.5 hours. We will hike, rain or shine, but not in high winds or heavy rain.
Track removal begins next week.
The municipality of Chelsea is going ahead with a first phase of work to remove the rails and the wooden ties in the weeks ahead. For more information on the rail dismantling work see the information on the municipal website at: http://www.chelsea.ca/?q=content/beginning-work-removal-rails-and-ties-railway-corridor&lg=en It has been a long process and much more community consultation is needed. In the months ahead this consultation will shape the ultimate design of the community trail. We want to share with you the news that there is progress being made!
New charity launched in Chelsea to raise one million dollars for future trail
After several months of preparation a new charitable organization, Voie Verte Chelsea has been launched. This organization is dedicated in the short term to raising the funds required to develop a four season, multi functional trail along the Chelsea railway corridor. Chelsea Trails is pleased to be on the board of this new organization to help make this trail affordable for Chelsea residents.
Here’s the text of the press release:
It’s official. A group of Chelsea residents registered, at the end of July, a new not-for-profit called Voie Verte Chelsea (VVC) to help raise money for the conversion of the railway corridor into a year-round community trail.
VVC will start to approach foundations, corporations and individuals who want to invest in the community trail. “We have set an initial goal of one million dollars and have already got our list of targets who are specifically interested in funding rails-to-trails conversions,” says Sandy Foote, President of Voie Verte Chelsea.
The idea for VVC grew out of the Trail Finance Working Group, set up by the municipality in April, to explore the availability of sources of funds for these types of projects. “In our research, we found numerous funding sources but many of them were not available to municipalities. You needed to be a non-profit to apply,” explains councillor Simon Joubarne, Chair of the Trail Finance Working Group.
When the Trail Finance Working Group considered the best practises of rails-to-trails conversion projects across the country, they found the best way to maximize funding opportunities was to form a not-for-profit charity that works in close partnership with the municipality.
To create the founding group of VVC, a meeting was held with interested citizens, who live adjacent to the trail, are active trail users or representatives of other community groups like ACRE, Cascades Club, Sentiers Chelsea Trails, and Rails-to-Trails.
While VVC is arms length from the municipality, a close partnership is essential to a successful fund-raising campaign. The driving mission of the VVC is to buffer the taxpayers of Chelsea from the full costs of developing the trail.
“I’m glad to see VVC step up to the challenge of raising money because we are a small community and it takes this kind of partnership to make a project like this possible,” says Charles Ricard, Director General of Chelsea. Council approved M. Ricard’s appointment to a non-voting seat on the board of VVC to facilitate the partnership.