Tomifobia Nature Trail is 20 years old!
TheTomifobia Nature Trail, located between Ayer’s Cliff and Stanstead along the Tomifobia River is celebrating its 20th anniversary. It is with optimism and enthusiasm that Mr. Ray Banham, Chairman of the Board, wishes to emphasize that “This anniversary is an opportunity for the Tomifobia Nature Trail to thank all our members, volunteers and all partners that have contributed and continue to contribute to its maintenance.” Du fer au vert! In the early 90s, a group of citizens came together to create a non-profit organization: Sentiers Massawippi. Their goal: establish green trails that would allow the public to discover the natural beauty of the Massawippi Valley. Their first initiative was to buy a section of the former Massawippi Valley Railway from CP Rail: nearly 140 acres of land along the beautiful Tomifobia. Their motivation: to preserve the historical heritage represented by the MVR which for 120 years connected the Eastern Townships to Newport, Vermont. A fundamental concern for this group of pioneers was also to protect and enhance the extraordinarily rich biodiversity characteristic of this linear park. Proud of their efforts, they inaugurated the Tomifobia Nature Trail in 1993. A path that goes a long way!
The Tomifobia Nature Trail is now a beautiful green corridor of 19 km, extending from Highway 141 in Ayer’s Cliff to Highway 247 in Stanstead (Beebe Plain). It also provides an opportunity to the more adventurous to continue their journey into Vermont. The trail has been maintained over the past twenty years and new amenities installed. A tunnel was built, rest areas established, and, at km 13.4, a memorial site commemorating the tragic train accident of 1895 created. Users have come to enjoy walking or biking a marked, non-paved surface with minimum slope. And the general public can appreciate this magnificent trail in all seasons. Biodiversity at the heart of the trail!
Continuing the efforts of the founders, the Board of Directors hope, with the help of the relevant authorities, to ensure the protection of wetlands, as well as to raise awareness among users and friends with an enhanced educational component. To follow!... Did you know by the way that on the trail we meet beaver, turtles, deer, foxes and other animals? Nearly 70 species of birds have been identified!
Ensure the sustainability of the trail with us! See how good it feels to help preserve a natural resource in your community. Become a member and allow yourself and future generations to continue to appreciate the true richness of this site. www.sentiernaturetomifobia.com Walking quietly is to discover the beauty that surrounds us! Shawn Lanoue, of the Champlain Cougars, was chosen as November’s student player of the month, receiving a $200 bursary towards his studies. He is seen here with the team’s coach, Stephan Longpré.