Rail Trail has a new reason to celebrate

The Rail Trail Association (RTA) celebrated Canada Day with the opening of a new section of paved trail in Port Elgin.

                                                      Donor Jane MacDougal (C) cuts the official ribbon

Joyce Scammel and major sponsor of the new trail length, Jane MacDougal

The two kilometre stretch at River Street provides a smooth path for very young riders, moms with strollers, roller bladers and those in wheelchairs.  “Our goal,” said Bruce Alexander of RTA, “Was to make this accessible for all ages and ability.”


He also pointed out that users of the trail system should follow some safety etiquette and respect for the environment and other users.  “We would ask those with dogs to please pick up after them and take the bag home.  There are also several garbage receptacles along the trail that we encourage people to use.  In addition, pedestrians and those with mobility issues have the right of way. Helpful signs will also be posted along the trail.”


Councilor Kristan Shrider added that the Trail system is the envy of a lot of Grey and Bruce municipalities.  “This paved length sets a new standard as people of all ages and different abilities will be able to use it.”

  Gerry Boucher draws the winning draw tickets for new                                helmets as Ann MacKay

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   The Alexander Family – Dane, Jenna, Marcy, Ann and Avery in her stroller