The Tomifobia Nature Trail is fully open! The beaver caused washout at 11.2 km was repaired on May 16.
On a beautiful sunny Sunday in June, more than 120 people gathered at the Tomifobia Restaurant in Beebe to share in a wonderful brunch in a peaceful country setting.
A big thanks to Le Tomifobia and its staff who served the more than 120 who turned up for the benefit brunch. Thanks also to the sponsors—les Lapins de Stanstead and the bakery Les Vraies Richesses—for the delicious appetizer.
The event raised $2,200 for the repair of the trail. Thanks, again, to the organizer, the volunteers and the generous donors who made this such a successful day.
Due to spring thaw, a major portion of the trail was seriously damaged between Stanstead Road & Dubé Road. Therefore, a detour will be necessary via Beebe road.
As some of you will have noticed, the trail is open to cross-country skiers (and snowshoers) during the winter period. This provides a unique opportunity to rediscover the splendors of the landscape from a new perspective. You should note, however, that we are not able to do maintenance on the trail during the winter with the result that its condition cannot be described on our website. It’s left to users to “groom” the trail after new snowfalls. We advise you nonetheless to use our blogue to report on your experiences on the trail and perhaps offer advice to other potential users.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
April 24th trail cleaning: Students also got involved!
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 Massawippi 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 rules 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.
Heavy rain in April 2011 caused a major flood of the Tomifobia river, and caused severe erosion of the river bank at km. 10.2 . A major stabilization work was undertaken, under the supervision of Harry Isbrucker, with the help of our summer student Alex Old.
In November 2011 , after a 3 and a half year saga, Harry Isbrucker, Ron Keymer, and François Ouellette have finished the monument site, with the installation of two historical interpretation panels, commemorating the 1895 railway accident. The project began in the spring of 2008, when we received a grant from the Memphrémagog MRC, via the Stanstead Historical Society. A little later, Harry Isbrucker met with Mary-Lou Lovering, granddaughter of the locomotive engineer who lost his life in this terrible accident that took place on what is now the Tomifobia Nature Trail. She kindly gave us the original photos that can be seen on the panels, while the texts have been written by Pierre Rastoul, archivist and director of the Colby Curtis Museum in Stanstead. Many thanks to Harry Isbrucker who spent so many hours on that project!
Ray Banham, workmaster, does the final inspection before reopening the bridge to traffic.
During the summer and fall of 2010, volunteers from the board proceeded to repair two of the bridges on the Tomifobia river, near km. 5 and 8. The addition of metal plates on each side made the structure much safer, so we could remove the old wooden guards rails.