To enhance safety on the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Use Recreational Trail in the winter months, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) has launched a pilot project partnership with the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) District 1 Elizabethtown Snowmobile Club (ESC) to create an OFSC snowmobile trail along the trail.
ESC will provide trail marking and maintenance as well as trail wardening, making the trail safer for all users. Additionally, the ESC will provide grooming services during the winter months, creating a packed snow trail that is safe for walking pedestrians and other sport and recreation users.
The pilot partnership between SLPC & EFSC will create safer conditions for all users of the trail this winter. The ESC will now perform winter grooming maintenance of the trail, defining a path for snowmobilers with dedicated signage and oversight.
Residents are asked for their cooperation in continuing to refrain from plowing the trail as it creates safety hazards for users, maintenance issues with the asphalt due to freeze-thaw cycles and could result in liability for those operating the plowing equipment. Private plowing of the trail is restricted to ensure the safety of all trail users. Unauthorized plowing of the trail by local residents increases the risk of liability to the individuals conducting the plowing.
Only specific sections of the north lane (green space north of the paved recreational trail) may be plowed by permit holders that have applied, paid for, and who have been granted a Controlled Access Entrance Permit in order to gain safe access to their private property.
We would like to ensure the safety of the community and visitors while utilizing the trail. We ask that everyone respect the trail, the safety of its users and the sensitivity of the infrastructure.
All Trail Users: Non-motorized users always have the right of way. Expect and respect all other trail users and obey all trail signs and rules. Trail use at own risk.
Snowmobile Users: are now required to have a permit from the OFSC to use OFSC Trail E63 (31 kilometres along the Thousand Islands Parkway Multi-Purpose Trail) for snowmobiling.