Com­mit­tee has ten­ta­tive snow­mo­bile route from over­pass to Vil­lage

The Victoria Standard - - Front Page - CAR­OLYN BAR­BER

Pres­i­dent of the Crowdis Moun­tain Snow­mo­bile Club Shel­don Gar­land called an emer­gency stake­holder meet­ing at the In­ver­ary Re­sort Oct. 29 prompted by a phone call two days ear­lier.

District Direc­tor for East­ern District for the Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture Re­newal (DTIR) Ger­ard Mac­don­ald alerted Gar­land on Oct. 27 that the ten­der for the new multi-use over­pass was go­ing out and DTIR needed to know how the bridge would con­nect with the Vil­lage of Baddeck. Land was al­ready be­ing pur­chased to put over­pass ramps in.

“They’re look­ing for ac­cess, be­cause right now they’re build­ing a bridge to nowhere. There is no ex­ist­ing trail leav­ing the new over­pass,” Gar­land told the gath­er­ing of 30 stake­hold­ers.

An hour-long dis­cus­sion en­sued in­volv­ing snow­mo­bil­ers, Atv-ers, County War­den and District # 3 Coun­cil­lor Bruce Mor­ri­son, District #2 Coun­cil­lor Perla Macleod and lo­cal busi­ness own­ers. The meet­ing ended with David Macken­zie ap­pointed leader of a five-per­son trail com­mit­tee tasked with con­nect­ing the dots and se­cur­ing nec­es­sary land use agree­ments with pri­vate land own­ers.

As of press time, Macken­zie says they have roughed out a route pro­posal and are still check­ing with land own­ers about ac­cess. The pro­posed route pri­or­i­tizes night­time mo­torist safety.

“The main goal is to stay just in be­hind the tree line. We’re hop­ing to leave a small layer of

trees be­tween the trail and the Trans-canada as we go east­bound from the over­pass [lo­cated just west of mileage marker #85] on toward Baddeck. We’re hop­ing to go on the out­side of the sound bar­rier above Alder­wood. And then we’re go­ing to come across on the Sil­ver Dart prop­erty and make our way down to DTIR prop­erty via the top of Fownes Drive, trav­el­ling down to the prop­erty be­hind the Baddeck Curl­ing Rink. The ten­ta­tive idea is to pro­vide lay down area there for snow­mo­bil­ers to un­load or park.”

The com­mit­tee’s re­spon­si­bil­ity is to get snow­mo­bil­ers to a cen­tral hub. From there the Vil­lage of Baddeck and lo­cal busi­ness own­ers de­cide how best to pro­mote vil­lage food, ac­com­mo­da­tions and ameni­ties.

Macken­zie says meet­ings are planned with the Vil­lage of Baddeck and engi­neer at the Baddeck land­fill the week end­ing Nov. 10. The club had a meet­ing on Nov. 5 to dis­cuss de­tails with mem­bers. The trail com­mit­tee still needs to for­mally re­quest per­mis­sion, in writ­ing, to ac­cess DTIR land.

“They [DTIR] don’t want the bridge to go nowhere, so they re­ally want these land use agree­ments to be in place.”

Macken­zie says ev­ery­one seems to be sup­port­ive of the over­pass.

“DTIR has been very help­ful. Bruce Mor­ri­son and Perla Macleod have been very help­ful. I’m hop­ing we’ll ski-doo across the over­pass this win­ter. I don’t want to guar­an­tee any­thing, but I would re­ally like to see that. A lot of peo­ple put a lot of work into it al­ready.”

Photo by Car­olyn Bar­ber.

Flo Hare, of Syd­ney (left), and Deb­bie Poirier of Aspy Bay (right), are seen at the An­nual Women's Ec­u­meni­cal Con­fer­ence held in Baddeck, Nov. 3-5. An ex­cerpt from Poirier's key­note ad­dress is this week's guest ed­i­to­rial.

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