Popular cross-country trails now open

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Members of the Friends of the Summerstown Trails have prepared the venue for public usage.

CORNWALL, Ontario - All the trails at Summerstown Forest are now open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

Cold conditions weeks ago provided a good base on the trails and the more than 40 cm of snow that fell on our region in the weeks following that cold snap have set up ideal conditions on the trails.

Despite the accumulation of granular snow and sleet that was experienced some 10 days ago, Friends of the Summerstown Trails volunteers nonetheless managed to groom and track all of the cross-country ski trails and provide very good to excellent skiing conditions.

Recently, despite the SD&G Counties regulation which forbids access to the trails by snowmobiles and ATVs between Dec. 15 and April 15, two snowmobiles went on the trails and destroyed part of the tracking that had been done, preventing many from enjoying the trails to their full extent and forcing volunteers to go out again and repair the trails.

The scenic Summerstown Forest trails are located on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of the 401 (exit 804) and offer eight kilometres of trails for snowshoers, and 18 km for skiers (both skating and classic).

Access to the trails is free and donations are accepted in order to help volunteers maintain the trails. Starting Jan. 4, it will be possible to rent snowshoes ($5) and ski packages ($10) on weekends throughout the season (weather and trail conditions permitting).

An array of instructional lessons are offered, including introductory snowshoe clinics and skiing lessons for both classic and skate ski. For more information on these lessons and for trail conditions, visit www.summerstowntrails.com.

Geographic location: Summerstown Forest, Ontario, Summerstown Road

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