Summerstown, ON –The morning temperatures – it was -17 at 10 am – were not conducive to
drawing people outside, and the Family Day activities at the Summerstown Forest trails started
out slowly. But the sun was out and by noon, things had picked up and in the end, more than 200
participants – including 50+ families – came out to enjoy winter activities.
Most people came out between noon and 2 pm when the weather was nicest and things got pretty
hectic. “We’re pretty much being run off our feet,” said a smiling Liam Carson, who was in
charge of distributing the XC ski and snowshoe equipment. But thanks to the more than 25
volunteer members of the Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) who came out to help,
things moved along smoothly, including the distribution of the nearly 20 dz of hot dogs, and
countless cups of hot chocolate and marshmallows.
This was the 5th annual Family Day at Summerstown Trails event hosted by FOTST and for
many families, it is a great opportunity to experience XC skiing or snowshoeing for the first time
at no cost as all the equipment is available free of charge throughout the day. The event was
generously supported by Cardinal & Son, Wholesale Meats.
The trails are situated on Summerstown Road, 1.6 km north of exit 804 of the 401, and are open
seven days a week. There is no charge to access the trails and donations are accepted to offset the
cost of maintaining the trails. Rental of equipment on weekends only.
More information at
or on our Facebook page.
FOTST Board member
: The Friends of the Summerstown Trails (FOTST) is incorporated as a non-profit
group run by volunteers with a stated mandate to maintain and develop green, recreational trails
for healthy outdoor activities in the Summerstown Forest. In recent years, an impressive amount
of progress has been made as trails have been improved and expanded, new grooming equipment
and signage obtained and new activities offered, such as races, instructional lessons, outings for
schools and seniors and Family Day activities. Rental of XC ski and snowshoe packages is also
offered on weekends.
À propos de FOTST
: Les amis des sentiers de Summerstown (FOTST) est une société sans but
lucratif, dirigée par un groupe de bénévoles, qui a pour objectif l’entretien et le développement
de sentiers verts récréatifs pour la pratique de saines activités extérieures dans la forêt de
Summerstown. Au cours des dernières années, d’énormes progrès ont été accomplis
: sentiers améliorés et prolongés, installation d’une nouvelle signalisation, achat d’équipement d’entretien, nouvelles activités offertes, tels courses, cours d’initiation, sorties pour les écoles et l’âge d’or et la Journée de la famille. Il est possible de louer des skis de fond et des raquettes les week-ends durant la saison.