A segment of the Tomifobia Nature Trail Closed for the Foreseeable Future
OnApril 7, Spring runoff from nearby hills caused
and cross-country skiing, as well as nature conservation, education and the preservation of our heritage.
According to a recent survey1[ 300 visitors access the trail from the Ayer’s Cliff end and 175 visitors from the Stanstead end on good summer days.
unprecedented damage to the Tomifobia Nature Trail. A culvert blocked by ice buildup and debris seems to have prevented the normal flow of water.
Ayer’s Cliff, April 20, 2015 — At kilometer 16 of the Tomifobia Nature Trail, a bike trail between Ayer’s Cliff and Stanstead, the overall damage is 91 meters long and 7 meters at the maximum depth.
The cost of repairing this segment of trail is not estimated as of this date, but it will be substantial given the extent of the damage. At any rate, the cost will be well beyond the normal operating budget of Sentiers Massawippi, the non-profit organization that owns and manages the trail. The organization’s board is still reviewing several options prior to any reparation. Ray Banham, President of the board, went on site several times with engineering personnel to assess the damage.
Sentiers Massawippi will have to launch an extensive fundraising drive to finance the reconstruction of the affected section of the trail. To this end, it invites those who wish to protect this jewel of our region to become members or to make a donation at www.tomifobianaturetrail.com.
Until the bicycle path is rebuilt, the affected segment of the trail will remain closed and a detour will be indicated along Chemin Beebe, a distance of 2 km. About the Tomifobia Nature Trail
The Tomifobia Nature Trail is a 19- km rail-trail in the Tomifobia River valley, between Rte. 141 in Ayer’s Cliff, and Rte. 247 in Beebe (Stanstead), Quebec. It lies in the heart of the Eastern Townships’ natural and architectural heritage.
The Tomifobia Nature Trail is owned and managed by Sentiers Massawippi, a non-profit organization entirely run by volunteers. It is the only such privately-owned and run bike path in Quebec! Using grants, membership fees, donations, and much volunteer labour, Sentiers Massawippi works to maintain this beautiful linear park open to the public free of charge. The trail is for safe hiking, cycling
A culvert blocked by ice build-up and debris seems to have prevented the normal flow of water, causing a wash-out on the Tomifobia Nature Trail 91 meters long and 7 meters deep.