“Turtles, frogs, flowers, the hidden rotting beauty and life of wetlands and marshes, the winding Tomifobia running its amazing course… laughing here, sunning itself there… I could imagine the trains of old racing through these woods, cutting through a quiet wilderness.” (Ross Murray, The Stanstead Journal, 2003)
Annual General Meeting, April 12
Members and friends of Tomifobia Nature Trail were invited to
our Annual General Meeting, at the Ripplecove Inn in Ayer’s Cliff.
Click Newsletter 2014 VA for more details.
Enterprises’ owners, see our 2014 new Partnership plan
March 2014 – Legal battle comes to an end with Ogden
In November 2012, the Ogden council had recommended the adoption of new zoning rules, specifically addressed towards the Tomifobia Nature Trail. Those new rules had a number of unacceptable consequences. Among others, they would have forced us to reduce the trail width to 2.5 metres, and forbid all picnic tables, benches and the teepee along the trail. The new rule would have effectively forbid us from completing the resurfacing work that was started and that was funded by a grant from the MRC.
Sentiers Nature Tomifobia had responded to the municipality’s concerns, and explained its point of view in a calm and rational fashion. However, our position had been completely ignored by the municipality. Fortunately the legal harassment is now over. The council recently modified its rules and re-established more flexible standards that allows us to maintain the width at 3 meter wide which is recommended for the safety of bikers and pedestrians who share the trail.
Last December, the ice storm left our trail in bad condition. We would appreciate volunteers to help clean up the mess around end of April and May depending on trail surface and weather conditions. Please provide name, phone # or e-mail address at:firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will contact you when conditions permit. Thanks!
Work on the trail
Between Ayer’s Cliff and the overpass of the highway 55 (km2 to km6), the trail requires resurfacing with fine gravel. We will try to perform the work later this year. Being a privately owned trail open to the public, we are dependant on donations to finance and maintain the trail. We do the best we can with what resources we have available.We hope you continue to enjoy the trail!
A successful dog walk on the trail!
The Frontier Animal Society’s Annual dog walk and fundraiser was held on Saturday,May 25th. The Sentiers Massawippi hosted the group on a section of the Tomifobia Nature Trail from Chemin Embury to Chemin Laflamme. The object was to raise funds for operation of the animal shelter in Stanstead which presently is the temporary home for 70 animals awaiting adoption. The shelter operates entirely on donations similar to the Sentiers Massawippi. A few of the abandoned dogs were included on the walk along with 35 hardy walkers and their own pets. In spite of the inclimate weather everyone had a good time especially the dogs. The fundraiser was an outstanding success raising $6.000 with donations still trickling in. Many thanks to the friends of the Society who made donations
or would like to. For adoptions or offers of help they can be contacted at email@example.com
Let’s enjoy the new season…
Our annual meeting held on April 13th reminds us of the coming new season. For more details about our past and future operations, have a look at our annual newsletter presented in its bilingual version.
The Tomifobia Nature Trail is a 19- km rail-trail in the Tomifobia River valley, between Rte. 141 in Ayer’s Cliff, and Rte. 247 in Beebe (Stanstead), Quebec. It lies in the heart of the Eastern Townships’ natural and architectural heritage. Sentiers Massawippi, a non-profit membership organization and a registered charity established in 1990, created the Tomifobia Nature Trail on an abandoned railway right-of-way, in 1993. Using grants and donations from members and others, and much volunteer labour, Sentiers Massawippi works to maintain this beautiful linear park for safe hiking, cycling and cross-country skiing, as well as nature conservation, education and the preservation of our heritage. Although the trail is free to use, we encourage all users to become members of Sentiers Massawippi or to consider making a tax creditable donation. All donations help maintain the quality of the trail.
While always mindful of our duty to preserve and protect the natural environment, we have created several scenic picnic areas, and erected small shelters near the ends of the trail. We have also facilitated access to the Tomifobia for canoe launching and placed (summer) toilet facilities at km 12, in addition to refurbishing the historic monument at km 13.4 that commemorates an 1895 accident on the Massawippi Valley Railroad.
The Tomifobia Nature Trail links up with the Route Verte at Magog via Rte. 141 in Ayer’s Cliff and Chemin Benoit, and with the trail to Newport, Vermont, via Beebe and customs.