No winter roadtrips on Long Sault Parkway

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The Long Sault Parkway is seen during winter in this photo gleaned from user deanspic.

If you enjoyed a peaceful drive along the Long Sault Parkway in years gone by, you're out of luck this winter.

South Stormont council has decided not to fund winter road clearing on the network that links a series of islands and campsites along the St. Lawrence River. The parkway closed Friday.

The reason is simple economics, said South Stormont's deputy-mayor Tammy Hart.

"We're doing it for cost reasons and liability reasons," she said in an interview. "It's not our property anyways."

She's right - the property actually belongs to the St. Lawrence Parks Commission.

But the municipality had taken care of the plowing since 2001.

The parkway had been closed during the winter for years before South Stormont took over the plowing.

The news isn't all bad, though. Parkway islands will remain available for outdoor use such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing and dogsledding.

Organizations: South Stormont council, Lawrence Parks Commission

Geographic location: Long Sault Parkway, St. Lawrence River

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  • Rick Lee
    December 03, 2012 - 10:52

    Ok this is such a crock! Last year the parkway was cleared due more to work being done there then anything else, the years before it was NOT cleared of snow yet it was still "use at own risk" Now because the township and the parks can't get along the little guy suffers again. Every move the parks make to garner support from the locals they turn around and do something like this and set it back 2 steps in support, I and many others pay taxes for this property as well as camping fee's etc, Township your no better then the parks, you lost Farrens back to the parks (and some of you even campainged on getting a better deal..ya that worked didn't it)now your nose is out of joint and we suffer the consequences. Parks!! You have a fully functional road plow that keeps, the Sanctuary,Upper Canada Village, the admin offices partking lot, the marina, etc..How about making the 12 KM trip and plow the parkway..It's time both of you, Parks and township grow up and remember who pays your wages.. A extremely disappointed Tax payer Rick Lee Ingleside Ont