Excursion of winter exploration
Light aluminum frames replace the cumbersome, unwieldy, wooden structures of the past leading snowshoeing to enjoy a renewed resurgence in popularity – one that the Saint Anne de Bellevue's Morgan Arboretum will be celebrating Sunday, Jan. 29.
"Our snowshoe trail opened four years ago," said the liaison officer Anne Godbout. "That was triggered by hearing so much more about the sport and the new generation of snowshoes."
Naturalist Chris Cloutier will be hosting the 4.5 kilometre snowshoe trek through the woods exploring hemlock groves and tracking the area's winter inhabitants.
"It's our best trail to go through the forest and enjoy the arboretum," said Godbout.
The bilingual outing has place for 20 participants aged 10 and older and everyone is encouraged to bring their own snowshoes, a snack and water, as well as cameras, binoculars, and field guides.
Though this is the first snowshoeing tour, the arboretum has regular seasonal ecological excursions.
"We do spring and fall bird tours and bird-feeding workshops," said Godbout, "and we also have frog nights in the spring.
The cost of the tour is $5 for members, $10 for non-members.
The snowshoeing excursion will depart from the Conservation Centre and runs from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The tour will conclude at the Chalet Pruche round-log cabin where hot chili and drinks will be available for sale.
To register for this event, call (514)398-7811.