Rail trail a “once in a lifetime chance”

by Vance Gutzman

Deep River’s Four Seasons Conservancy (FSC) is throwing its support behind the County of Renfrew’s efforts to develop the abandoned CP rail line into a recreational trail. 

Renfrew County formed a partnership in 2011 with the County of Lanark and the township of Papineau-Cameron to purchase the 296 km stretch of abandoned rail line that stretches from Mattawa to Smiths Falls.

The CP partners approved an agreement with Canadian Pacific to purchase the rail corridor last year. The overall length of the corridor has been re-named the Ottawa Valley Recreational Trail (OVRT).

The FSC, a charitable land trust based out of Deep River with over 1,000 members, believes the OVRT would make for an excellent inclusion into the Trans Canada Trail Network.

FSC president Ray Metcalfe has written a letter to Trans Canada Trail organizers, informing them of the OVRT’s merits.

“Through donations, community support and willing volunteers, the Four Seasons Conservancy in the past 20 years has developed an extensive network of well-used local trails we’re sure have been of immense benefit to the public,” he stated.

“Now is a once in a lifetime chance for widening this benefit throughout the Upper Ottawa Valley.

> for more on this story, pick up a copy of the May 10 North Renfrew Times…