The Township of Alfred and Plantagenet has announced the opening of the municipality’s very first multi-use outdoor trail space. Acquired by the municipality in 2021, the forest behind Alfred’s water tower was converted into a free recreational trail park for the community.

In winter, you will find hiking trails, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. In the summer, you can take a walk or ride your bike. Make the most of the outdoors and explore more than three kilometres of cross-country ski trails, two kilometres of snowshoeing and the main two-kilometre walking route.

Discovering the Larocque Woods

This February 21, from noon to 3 p.m., the Larocque Woods Advisory Committee, the Alfred 150 Committee, and the Alfred Optimist Club is inviting the public a family day outing to Larocque Woods. Hot chocolate and coffee will be served following a walk in the woods. The skate shack will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for those who want to warm up. Please note that it will be necessary to respect the sanitary measures in effect at the time.

A draw for prizes will be held at approximately 2:45 p.m. following the event, including gift cards to sports shops and snowshoes donated by the Optimist Club drawn at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. Visit the volunteer tent to register.

The trail map is available on the township’s website.

“It is now possible to ski and hike in the forest near Larocque Park. For a few months now, an advisory committee has been working on the development of the Larocque Woods. It is with gratitude to the members of this committee, Mr. Dominic Côté, the people who participated in the fall clean-up and the employees of the Parks and Recreation Department of the municipality of Alfred & Plantagenet that it is now possible to enjoy these trails safely as a family,” said Manon Besner, Chair of the Larocque Woods Advisory Committee. “So bundle up and come enjoy the great outdoors at Larocque Woods. Come and play outside this winter.”

“The acquisition of the college forest, now better known as the Larocque Woods, by the municipality is a very important investment to enhance the identity of the residents of the township and their sense of belonging to it,” said Ken St-Denis, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “It is with passion and pride that the Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with the community, plans to develop this prime site over the next 5 years.”