– “émissions” – Our Community Connections, March 2018

You are invited to join Our Community Connections Host Penny Rose and her guests James Jackson, Director of Parks and Trails for Morin Heights, and Assistant Chris Schlachter to learn about the roots since the 1900s of skiing and the wonderful trail system in the Morin Heights area, including the former Maple Leaf Trail started in 1933. These two avid trail-men will tell you about the origins and tradition of skiing in that area of the Laurentians, the ski trains established circa 1927-28 and the trails between train stops and villages, the progress of trails from linear to loops, the 1970s renaissance of cross-country skiing, and the enthusiasm since the 1990s for snowshoeing.

Learn about the wonderful ski history of Morin Heights, including Morin Heights Cross Country Ski Association, Viking Ski Club, Morin Heights Ski Club. You’ll learn of past and future maintenance, planning, and development of the trail network to accommodate x-country, snowshoeing, winter and summer biking, walkers, and long-distance ski events.  They’ll tell you of the 125-acre park and protected area across from the Chalet Bellevue, converted to a welcome and community and sports centre in the core of Morin Heights.  You’ll learn of their careful consideration of the effects of and surface maintenance needed due to Climate Change.

Morin Heights, you will recognize and appreciate, has a rich past, present, and future for back-country, tele-marking, snow-shoeing, x-country skiing, and winter, summer, and mountain biking, and revival of town-to-town x-country skiing, thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of James Jackson and Chris Schlachter of Parks and Trails for Morin Heights, and, of course, the Community Spirit of Morin Heights.

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