As more and more people head to Murphy’s Point to enjoy some time in the outdoors, we thought it would be a good time to remind everyone of winter trail etiquette.
Ontario Parks has published an article on their blog. Here is a link to that article. We have also added an Etiquette page to our Trails section. Please visit that page for a more complete description of proper trail etiquette.
5 Tips for Sharing Winter Trails
Read the signs
Don’t hike or snowshoe on groomed ski trails
Don’t step on groomed tracks
Share the trails
Head out to the park but please share the trails responsibly.
The club can confirm that the Province of Ontario Stay-at-home order in effect as of today, Thursday, January 14th, does not prevent people from skiing or snowshoeing at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park. Individual skiing and small groups of 5 or less can continue as before. However, our lessons, including Jackrabbits, are postponed until further notice.
We are still allowed to ski and the club will be grooming as conditions allow.
Adult lessons and Jack Rabbits have been postponed until further notice.
Our COVID plan will be updated to reflect new requirements.
Due to the increased need to get out of the house to exercise, the trails at Murphy’s Point have seen an exponential increase in walkers. Unfortunately, many have been walking on groomed skate trails. The foot traffic is affecting the quality of the trails. If, while you are out skiing, you meet walkers who are using the side of the trail, please thank them for their courtesy and trail etiquette.
The kid’s ski lesson program, known as Jackrabbits (a reference to Jackrabbit Johannsen), is now closed to registration. We have reached our maximum number of participants. This is great news and a reflection of the huge increase in participation in outdoor activities due to the COVID stir-craziness.
Club membership has increased substantially over past years. As well, use of the trails at Murphy’s Point Provincial Park has increased dramatically. Skiers from all across the region, many first-timers, snowshoers and walkers have been accessing the trails. This is a great thing but walkers are HIGHLY ENCOURAGED to stay off groomed ski trails. Dog walkers are reminded to keep their pooches on a leash at all times.
If you are like us, you are champing at the bit to put skis on snow! We need to get outside more than ever but Mother Nature is not playing along. In anticipation of the ski season, we have devised a challenge for you. We call it the Kilometre Count.
We want you to track the kilometres you ski and send them to us. We will keep a running tally of your total distance (classic and skate combined) and post it periodically on our Kilometre Count page (and probably Facebook).
All you have to do is click on the link (also listed under Programs), fill in the form, and submit it. The distances will be tallied weekly(ish).
Skiers who surpass distance milestones (50km, 100km, 150km, and more) will be acknowledged at the end of the season.
As soon as conditions allow, cross-country skiing can begin. The Province of Ontario’s latest COVID-19 restrictions do not affect cross-country skiing operations or clubs. As long as other protective measures are followed, skiers can enjoy the great outdoors and escape the reality of the pandemic lockdown for a while.
Please refer to the Club’s COVID policy on our dedicated pandemic page.
On October 24th, an energetic crew met at the entrance of Murphy’s Point Provincial Park for the annual fall trail clean-up. There are always lots of branches down that need to be removed and bush to push back and snow fencing to put up.
The grooming crew also took to the trails to have a look at the conditions and to remind themselves of the routes. To cover the many kilometres of trail, they mounted their bikes for a fun fall ride.
Don’t forget the AGM on Monday, November 2nd at 7pm. Sign up by clicking on the link in the post below. You will receive a ZOOM link in time to join. Also, to vote during the AGM, you must be a paid up member. Click on the Membership tab above to join.
The membership portal is live for the 2020-2021 season.
If I look out my window, that’s not a moment too soon! A light dusting of snow is covering the ground, the trails were cleared on Saturday, and the Annual General Meeting is this coming Monday. Time to get a membership!
Go to the Membership page and follow the instructions to join for this season. Don’t forget that only paid members can vote during the AGM.
If you haven’t RSVP’d to our ZOOM AGM, yet, please scroll down a few posts and follow the link to the (very short) form to reserve your spot on our remote AGM.