Pro­vin­cial park of­fi­cially opens

Bon­shaw Hills fea­tures more than 20 kilo­me­tres of trails

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

A 693-acre park of­fi­cially opened Fri­day in Bon­shaw Hills.

The Bon­shaw Hills Pro­vin­cial Park fea­tures more than 20 kilo­me­tres of trails.

The park’s main trail was named Ji’ka’we’katik (pro­nounced Jih Ga Way Ga Dog) to hon­our the tra­di­tions and his­tory of P.E.I.’s First Na­tions. It means “the place where bass are plen­ti­ful’’ in Mi’kmaq.

“The in­dige­nous Mi’kmaq have been on this Is­land for 12,000 years and have al­ways had an in­her­ently close con­nec­tion with the land and wa­ter,’’ said Len­nox Is­land First Na­tion Chief Matilda Ram­jat­tan.

i*U JT CFBVUJGVM BSFBT TVDI BT UIJT UIBU SFNJOE VT PG XIFSF XF DPNF GSPN XIFSF XF TIPVME CF Len­nox Is­land First Na­tion Chief Matilda Ram­jat­tan

“It is beau­ti­ful ar­eas such as this that re­mind us of where we come from where we should be.’’

More than 480 acres of land has been in­cor­po­rated into the park through the ef­forts of the Bon­shaw Hills Pub­lic Lands Com­mit­tee, which has been in­stru­men­tal in the devel­op­ment of the park and con­struc­tion of many kilo­me­tres of new trails.

An ac­ces­si­ble, nat­u­ral play­ground has been de­vel­oped at the park, along with so­lar-pow­ered san­i­ta­tion fa­cil­i­ties and ex­panded park­ing at the north and south trail en­tries.

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