Volunteers Come Together to Repair Well-Used Bridge in George’s Brook – VOCM Local News Now

Aug 17, 2020 7:21 AM

Although the province has several months until snowmobiling weather, the summer is a good time to groom trails and fix up old bridges.

group of volunteers took advantage of some nice weather over the weekend to get together and fix up one of the bridges in George’s Brook that was in need of repairs.

The bridge is part of a 76-kilometre multi-vehicle trail that runs through the old Bonavista railway line, the Forest Access Road in Lethbridge, and along to Clarenville.

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Summertime in Canada’s prime cottage country, where the only traffic is ‘moosejams’ – National Post

Muskoka’s timeless landscapes feature thousands of lakes, vast forests of green and classic Canadian Shield rock Author of the article:Sharon Lindores Publishing date:Aug 16, 2020

Editor’s note: This story refers to Deerhurst Resort near Huntsville, Ont., where a coronavirus outbreak occurred after the August long weekend. Deerhurst Resort remains open and said its “stringent prevention measures” have kept it safe for guests and staff.

As I look out on Lake Opeongo there’s no one in sight other than my guide, steering the canoe. I’m surrounded by lily pads and the only sounds are birdsongs, our paddles hitting the water and our friendly banter.

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Hay River trails being improved – NNSL Media

by Paul Bickford August 15, 2020

A five-year project is improving the trail system in Hay River.

The initiative, now in its second year, is working on the 14.6 km of trails, which are part of the recreational infrastructure of the Town of Hay River.

“For us, it’s something that’s important to maintain and have in good condition for people to be active, healthy and get outdoors,” said Stephane Millette, the recreation director with the Town of Hay River.

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Conservation group calls for multi-million dollar investment in B.C.’s parks

Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society says B.C. Parks needs additional $60 million for long-term success

Andrea Ross · CBC News · Posted: Aug 16, 2020

A non-profit conservation group is calling on the province to invest an additional $60 million in upgrades, infrastructure, education and staffing to secure a sustainable future for B.C.’s parks.

B.C. Parks saw its budget reduced slightly from $41.7 million to $40.6 million this year. Bruce Passmore, executive director of the B.C. Chapter of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, says this budget needs to be boosted drastically if the province expects to keep its wilderness areas pristine for years to come.

B.C. Parks has been “chronically underfunded” for a decade, he said.

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Work begins on trail that would run from St. Stephen to Saint John – CBC News

Saint John council to consider bike lane improvements as part of Coastal Link project

CBC News · Posted: Aug 14, 2020 

A major project is underway on the waterfront in St. Stephen, and it could become a significant development in Saint John as a motion will come before Common Council on Monday.

The Coastal Link Trail would be a cycling and hiking route from the city to Maces Bay, St. George, Saint Andrews, St. Stephen and points between and beyond.

“We are going to build a world-class trail network,” said Darren Turner, the semi-retired army engineer, who is chairing the volunteer-led initiative.

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Centre Wellington councillor walking to Ottawa for mental health fundraiser

Neil Dunsmore’s Elora-to-Ottawa trek to raise awareness, funds for Cody Shepperd Project – Wellington Advertiser

ELORA – Centre Wellington councillor Neil Dunsmore is planning to walk from Elora to Ottawa in September in an effort to raise awareness and funds for The Cody Shepperd Project, which supports people – particularly youth – with mental illness.

“There’s a mental health crisis in our community,” Dunsmore said in a phone interview on Aug. 10.

“I’ve been trying ever since I was elected to raise awareness and get people talking. There are a lot of supports; there is help.

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Alberta Equine Partners take action for those facing financial distress – Lethbridge News Now

LETHBRIDGE, AB. — Alberta’s Equestrian Federation (AEF) is taking pro-active action to ensure horses are cared for during the coming winter months.

It’s estimated Alberta is home to 33 per cent of Canada’s horse population – roughly about 320,000 horses. The equine industry is diverse and includes racing, sport, ranching, breeding, boarding, pleasure, recreation, and companion animals.

With that in mind, it’s known the COVID-19 pandemic is already causing financial distress on the equine industry in the province and there is likely to be a struggle this winter to provide basic care to horses.

A recent province-wide survey of the Alberta equine community, found one in five respondents said that they need help for their horses, donkeys or mules.

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Projects plentiful at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – by Noel Eddy, Cochrane Now

The first of what is hoped to be three sunshades in the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is now being enjoyed by park visitors.

The sunshade was funded by The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) in honour of Alberta statesman and former premier Jim Prentice, who was known for his passionate support and interest in parks and conservation.

Designed and built by Capital Renovations, the shelter is meant to look like a traditional farmer’s lean-to with plenty of seating for a rest or picnic. The wide opening of the shelter was designed with wheelchairs and large strollers in mind. It’s located on the west side of the park along the Bowbend Trail.

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The construction of this sunshade was completed last week. It was funded by the Trans Canada Trail in memory of Jim Prentice, Alberta statesman and former premier. (Photo/GRPF Facebook)

North Vancouver cyclist plans to ride across Canada wearing a face mask – Vancouver News

Jake Musgrave wants to raise awareness, funds for COVID-19 and leukemia research

a day ago By: Ben Bengtson

Jake Musgrave knows what it’s like to lose somebody close to you. Now, as a pandemic threatens people’s well-being the world over, he’s raising awareness and money so others don’t have to go through a similarly heartbreaking experience.

At the end of August Musgrave plans to bike across Canada, from Horseshoe Bay to Halifax, to raise money for leukemia research – as well as those impacted by COVID-19.

Musgrave, a lifelong North Vancouver resident, lost his dad, Randy, to leukemia when he was just eight years old.

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New hiking trail forged out of ‘blood, sweat and beer’ — and a family’s generosity

William’s Trail is a tribute to former lighthouse keeper William Mitchell

Julia Wright · CBC News · Posted: Aug 08, 2020 7:00 AM

Mispec, southeast of Saint John, is known for its small population and breathtakingly expansive scenery. 

On a summer afternoon, views of the Bay of Fundy unroll along Red Head Road like a glittering carpet stretching all the way to Partridge Island. 

Now, after three months of “blood, sweat, blisters and beer,”  that stunning shoreline is home to a brand-new hiking trail. 

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