Moose causes traffic jam for Opeongo Snowbirds

Editor’s note: Snowmobile trails are currently closed. The photos above show Club volunteers doing trail maintenance. Please consult the Interactive Trail Guide for trail availability at:

The province is currently under lockdown orders prohibiting team sports with close contact, but plenty of other outdoor activities are very much available here in the Valley. Fresh snow has attracted even greater numbers of winter sports enthusiasts, along with the need for more volunteers to help keep things moving as they should. Above is a new recruit for the trail maintenance team. Photos above: Randy Dunlop

Dunlop who snapped these photos on New Year’s Day pointed out it was a question of getting two-for-the-price-of-one: both a bull and cow moose stepped out onto the trail!

The Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club have also been busy with skiers from the Ottawa region who are unable to cross provincial borders to Gatineau Park. Social distancing is required of course, and Diane’s Yurt (the warm-up hut) is closed this month to assist skiers in observing public health requirements.

And judging by what’s happening on our lakes, ice fishing is as popular as ever in the Valley. Just remember that you must observe the regulations against outdoor gatherings of more than ten people and the relevant social distancing requirements.

That’s all to say, get out and enjoy some fresh air while we still have relatively mild temperatures, folks.

Groomed trails Photo: Facebook/Opeongo Nordic Ski Club

Members and volunteers are always welcomed by the Clubs.

Opeongo Snowbirds: Lucas Grys, President email:

Opeongo Hills Nordic Ski Club website:

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