What would you like to see for programming this fall? Can you volunteer to offer programming? Let us know. Darts and Janice's fitness classes will be starting at the Community Centre as will cards at Stanhope Place this September.
As you know, Parks Canada is working hard to complete the new multi-use trail system at Robinsons Island in Prince Edward Island National Park. At present, the final touches are being made to the main, multi-use trail and the technical trail features that will compose the mountain biking spurs are being completed. The parking lot area is also nearing completion and we are pleased to say that the trail should be available for use by the public in the near future.
The restoration project at Robinsons Island is an important part of the conservation work currently underway at Prince Edward Island National Park. Once complete, the new trail will offer an exciting, new way for Island residents and visitors to engage in the exploration and appreciation of some of Prince Edward Island’s most beautiful landscapes, as well as to see examples of reforestation efforts that are working towards a re-birth of the rich, Acadian forest in the area. The interpretative elements that will be installed next year will also feature the fascinating cultural history of the island, which has included use by Aboriginal peoples, farming and fishing and early tourism activities. The work taking place is a concrete example of Canada’s National Conservation Project (NCP), an initiative that aims to restore ecological integrity, conserve Canada’s lands and waters, and connect Canadians with the natural world around them.
At this time, we would like your help with what we find is always a fun, but often challenging, task: naming the beautiful, new trail! We are gathering name suggestions and, since you have been following the development of this trail from the beginning, we want to hear from you!
Please send us your suggestions by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 with the subject “Robinsons Island trail name.”
We will be creating a short list of submissions from those received which will be posted to our Facebook page to allow members of the public to vote for their favourite. All of this will be welcome input into the final selection of the name.
Thank you for your continued interest in Prince Edward Island National Park. We look forward to receiving your submissions!
Fundraiser dinner at North Shore Community Centre in co-support of KidSport and Burke's Welcome Shoppe. And free singing lessons with Island A Cappella on Thursdays for four weeks!
From Parks Canada - We are writing to advise you that, following the seasonal closure of the Brackley Day Use Area on September 15, 2014, this facility as well as the adjacent Brackley Group Tenting Area will be closing for restoration purposes and will not be re-opening. This move is part of a larger Parks Canada Restoration Program which aims to improve the ecological integrity within national parks and is a major priority for Parks Canada.
As part of its important stewardship role, Parks Canada is continuously evaluating the needs of both the region’s ecosystems and the visitors to those areas. This on-going process means that PEI National Park sites are re-defined from time to time to ensure a current reflection of what is needed to uphold our ecological goals in a changing landscape. We are also sensitive to the changing needs of park visitors and strive to strike a balance between the provision of services to our guests and the necessary conservation efforts that protect the often-fragile places in the Park.
The Brackley Day-Use Area was once a well-used picnicking facility within Prince Edward Island National Park. Presently, however, the site is not frequently used by our visitors or local residents. This factor, in addition to environmental concerns related to the nearby dune system, suggests that the area should be restored to natural woodland.
The Brackley Day-Use and Group Tenting Areas have been identified for the PEI National Park Restoration Program beginning in 2015. The buildings and other infrastructure will be removed from these areas and the site will be planted with native Acadian Forest tree and shrub species in an effort to encourage vegetation representative of what was once an incredibly rich forest area. This project is supportive of Canada’s National Conservation Plan by taking practical action to restore Canada’s ecosystems and to contribute in a positive way to the conservation of Canada’s lands and waters.
While we are looking forward to seeing the rebirth of this area as a restored forest space, Parks Canada recognizes that this may cause some inconvenience for those who do still use the area for events and activities and will do its best to accommodate visitors in other areas within PEI National Park. Parks Canada values your opinion on this project and we would be happy to speak with you about the available options.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us 672-6350.
The next meeting of the Stanhope Historical Society will be held on August 25th at Stanhope place at 7:30pm.
They will have 2 guest speakers for our summer meeting.
Council meetings are held everyone month on the second Wednesday's of the month or 'Blue Bag' day :-) Agenda for the August meeting is listed below. The public are always welcome to attend.
A public meeting of the Friends of Covehead and Brackley Bays Watershed will be held on Thursday 21 August at 7pm at Stanhope Place.
You are invited to hear about "What's happening with our streams and bays? Perils and prospects!"
Get informed. Raise your concerns. We want to hear from you.
1) Powerpoint presentations will be made of a range of striking before and after scenes -with assessments of our effectiveness in the streams. (This will be led by Coordinator Justin Walsh)
2) Then we will focus on the Bays -Sea lettuce, estuarial siltation etc. and the impacts on life in the bays and on the community. ...now and in the future. (This will be led by Director Jim Jenkins.)
3) Tribute to Lorne Kielly, a Founding Director and well-known community member.
Invite your friends and visitors. For further information contact us at www.fcbbwatershed.ca
Bike or Hike the Heritage School Trail using the map and directions below to see or read about the former schools in our Community.
The Heritage sign is in place at Stanhope Place - the other two will be up shortly.
Stanhope Place (Formerly Stanhope School) 2784 Bayshore Rd, York, PE C0A 1P0 Directions from Stanhope School to the West Covehead School Location (4.0 km):
Head southeast on Bayshore Rd/PE-25 S toward Stanhope Ln
Continue to follow PE-25 S
Turn right onto Cass's Rd/PE-6 E (signs for Brackley Beach)
Turn right onto Black River Rd/PE-6 E (signs for Pince Edward Island 6/Brackley Beach
Take the 1st right onto MacLauchlan Rd/Hwy 252
Turn right onto McCann Rd
Directions from West Covehead School Heritage Display to Community Centre (2.7 km):
Head west on MacCann Rd toward MacLauchlan Rd/Hwy 252
Turn left onto MacLauchlan Rd/Hwy 252
Turn left onto Black River Rd/PE-6 W (signs for Stanhope)
Continue onto W Covehead Rd/PE-25A E
Turn left onto PE-25 N
Take the 1st right onto Normandy Ln
Destination will be on the left
Directions from North Shore Community Centre to the Covehead Rd School Display (St. Eugene's Church 1583 Covehead Rd. or Rte. 25) (4.1 km):
Head west on Normandy Ln toward PE-25 N
· Turn left onto PE-25 S Destination will be on the left
Below is a Google map that can be used in GPS to locate the site. Bike or hike it and learn about the Community
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