' As COVID-19 continues to quickly evolve, the Voyageur Trail Association (VTA) is taking steps to ensure public safety and the well-being of our members and trail users. As such, the VTA has temporarily suspended all Association led and coordinated group hikes and activities, including trail maintenance. Members are advised that sections of the trail are remote, and in need of maintenance following winter trail use and winter environmental conditions. Due to COVID-19, our regular seasonal maintenance is not possible at this time.
If you plan on using the Voyageur trail, you do so at your own risk, acknowledging the lack of recent trail maintenance, that sections of the trail are defined as single-track trails, and that parking lots, trail heads and trail features may be high traffic areas which pose risks to public safety and human health and that gatherings at such places are in contravention to Health Canada's advisory against public gatherings and the need for social and physical distancing. Furthermore, you acknowledge that sites like hand rails, bathrooms and other high contact surfaces along the Voyageur Trail are not currently being maintained nor are they being sanitized. If you choose to use the trail, at your own risk, please respect that Ontario Parks and Parks Canada sites, amenities, and trails have been closed to the public until April 30, 2020 and follow the advice from public health agencies regarding social and physical distancing, as per the link below:
'The VTA has temporarily suspended group hikes, activities and maintanance, if you plan on using trails please follow the advice that we are getting from public health agencies regarding social and physical distancing.
We have set up a system ( keeping distance ) to return everyone’s money which was paid for the bus trip. Bill and or Bonnie will drop your money off outside your house. This will happen over the next few days and you will be notified by email or phone as to the approximate time the drop will be made. There will be NO contact.
Hello everyone, As President, I feel we should cancel our hikes and meetings for the foreseeable future.... you all know why... when the experts give the go ahead for public gatherings again, we will pick up again.... Astrid has offered to use emails, to her, to fill in the hike leaders for the next month or so... I do plan to go out on my own or with a very few others to keep in hiking trim but as McD's is closed I don't see the point....
this is an ad hoc idea and I have no real authority to cancel but I think it is for the best... I can be over ruled...
The bus trip scheduled for April 20 unfortunately has to be cancelled in light of the provincial restrictions of late. Bonnie DeBortoli will return any prepaid money over the next little while. She will get to you so please give her a little time to get that big job done.
Bloggers comment ... thanks so much Bonnie for your efforts in these tough times.
Unfortunately, our hike this morning is cancelled due to the now-hidden, slippery conditions. A road walk was planned and checked out yesterday. While there were many icy places, there was an almost continuous path that could be chosen that offered reasonable footing. However, the overnight light snowfall has hidden the safe footing making this quite dangerous. I apologize for this cancellation but don’t want to see anyone fall and be injured. For those reasons, our hike this morning is cancelled. STEVE
Sue led the group of 11 from the arena to the ski hill and beyond on the snowmobile route. It started out windy and quite cold but settled down nicely and ended far more pleasant. It was great conditions for a Monday hike as it was easy walking and not too far. We paused for a bit to watch the down hill skiers and then the ice fishermen on Horne lake. Most choose not to go to McDonalds in light of the Covid19 business but there was lots of chatter and laughter during the walk.
Commentary by Bill and pics by Ginette, Louise and Bill