Residents object to trail use

by Terry Myers

The development of the former Canadian Pacific rail line into a four-season recreation trail may be a boon to tourism in Renfrew County, but not everyone is happy with the move. 

The Missing Link Snowmobile Club (MLSC) in Head, Clara and Maria wrote to Renfrew County recently requesting a renewal of the lease the club has over a section of the “Algonquin Trail.”

The club’s first year using a section of the trail “performed even better than we had expected,” MLSC project co-ordinator Pat McGurran stated in his letter to the county.

“The Missing Link Snowmobile Club and District 6, Snow Country, have received numerous compliments and wishes of goodwill through various media sources and vocally with riders on the trail systems.”

But for residents who live beside the trail, the experience was not so positive.

In a letter to county council and its development and property committee, a group of Stonecliffe area residents say they object to the increased snowmobile activity, “and potential ATV activity,” along the rail trail.

“This was a choice which was thrust upon us, as we were never asked if we would be open to this dramatic change in our living arrangements,” the group says.

> for more on this story, pick up a copy of the May 24 North Renfrew Times…