Letter: Excellent Relationship Between Parks Canada and Tobermory Snowmobile Club

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On behalf of the Tobermory Snowmobile Club, I would like to express our appreciation for the continued good relationship we have with the Bruce Peninsula National Park.

When the Park was first established there was a push to have the trail relocated outside the Park boundary. We even had to wait until there was 30 cm of snow on the trail before we could go through and remove windfalls at the start of the season, which made things very difficult to say the least.

After the agreement was reached between Parks Canada, the Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula and the Tobermory Snowmobile Club, which allowed the snowmobile trail to remain within the Park, the relationship between the Park and the Snowmobile Club improved dramatically.

Over the years Park liaison personnel Kirk Gibbons, Tom Buckley, Ron Williams and Jordan Morrison have been excellent to deal with. Hopefully, I haven’t missed anyone. They make it easy to get Special Activity Permits to do trail work. They collect snow depth data and authorize trail grooming (packing) at the start of the season. They even helped us open and close Park gates on occasion. They do checks for trail permits, which helps a lot – the Warden’s uniform makes a big difference.

A few years ago Ron Williams was all ready to get a snowmobile and go looking for the groomer when its SafetyLine check in system lost cell service north of Upper Andrew Lake, and I had no way of knowing if there was a serious problem. Luckily everything was okay and we ended up changing the cell phone to one that worked in the booster. The SafetyLine system requires the groomer operator to check in every hour otherwise an alert is sent out.

We were allowed to use the maintenance building at the Cyprus Lake Campground to service the groomer. Ernie Wyonch arranged for us to get the machine inside in the afternoon so that it thawed out overnight, which made it much easier and more pleasant to do the work.

When the club hired Ivan Smith to help brush the trail, Josh Choronzey offered him the use of a Park ATV and you even paid him to do the section of trail from the Cyprus Lake campground to the Stormhaven cutoff. Josh then supplied an ATV for Ivan to continue brushing the trail south to Upper Andrew Lake.

Josh also arranged to repair a bridge at Upper Andrew Lake in the fall of 2018 , and clean out the culverts where the Crane River crosses the trail east of Hidden Valley Rd. this year.

For all this, we want to express our sincere gratitude.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

Yours truly,

Harvey Rintoul

Past President,

Tobermory Snowmobile Club