2017 Lady’s Slipper Hike

Join us on June 10 for our annual hike on the Winter River Trail. The trail is home to some great areas of Lady’s Slipper plants, which we hope to see in bloom.

Meet at the trail head (145 East Suffolk Road Extension in Suffolk) at 10am. We will have our knowledgeable volunteers to answer your questions about plants and animals that you may see along the way.

Participants are welcome to bring dogs, provided the dogs are on leash.

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2017 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held Tuesday May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Corran Ban Hall (1231 Rte 6).

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Todd Dupuis, who works in the Department of Communities Land and Environment as Executive Director of the PEI Climate Change Secretariat. Todd will discuss “The potential impacts of climate change on the Winter River-Tracadie Bay watershed.”

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.

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2017 Snowshoe Hike

It is our annual snowshoe hike along the Winter River trail. Meet with volunteers and staff from our watershed group to hike along the trail and learn a few things along the way.

We will be meeting at 10am on Saturday February 18. The starting point is the trail head at the end of the East Suffolk Road. The trail leads to the family cabin of one of our volunteers, where we will take a break with chili, cookies, and hot chocolate. Then choose between taking the short route back to the parking area, or exploring more of the Winter River trail system on your own.

Please bring your own snowshoes. If you do not have snowshoes but would like to attend, please contact us in advance so we can arrange to get you a pair (902-314-9293 or info@WinterTracadie.ca).

If you are bringing a dog, please keep it on a leash.

If you are worried about the distance, such as travelling with small children, ask us about the option of taking a shorter route to the cabin.

If weather conditions are not suitable, the alternate date for this event will be February 25th. Check this page or our Facebook event page for updates. https://www.facebook.com/events/1272029956196651/ 

More details about this trail system available at http://www.islandtrails.ca/en/trail.php?t=1

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2016 Annual General Meeting

Our AGM for this year is scheduled for Tuesday May 24, 7-9pm. The event will be held at the Corran Ban Hall.

Our guest speaker for the evening will be Dr. Michael R. van den Heuvel, Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute, and professor at UPEI. The title of the presentation will be “From springs to ocean: Issues for watershed management on PEI”.

RSVP on Facebook to stay informed of any changes and for reminders: https://www.facebook.com/events/272214993118967/

We look forward to seeing many residents at the event.

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2016 Snowshoe event

Join us on the Winter River trail for a guided tour through one of our favourite areas of the watershed on Saturday February 20th.

Bring your snowshoes and meet us at 10 am at the trail head, located at the end of the East Suffolk Road (Rt 229). We will snowshoe the trail along the river, and stop for a snack at the Hughes family cabin before heading home.

If weather conditions are poor, alternate date for the event is the next Saturday, Feb 27. Watch this website, our Facebook page for cancellation information.

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Volunteer Events

Tree planting

  • June 13 at the Brackley Commons park (14 Union Road) from 10am until noon.
  • June 20 at the old Grand Tracadie school (16 Harbour Road) from 10am until noon.

At our tree planting events we will have snacks & drinks, trees & tools. We will also have some trees available for people to take home and plant where they like.

More information in a printable version: Walmart evergreen flyer

Shoreline Clean-up

In partnership with the Aquaculture Alliance we will be cleaning the shore around Tracadie Bay between June 25 and 27. Organize your own clean-up crew, our join in with our summer students when they head out.

A dedicated Waste Watch drop-off bin for clean-up wastes will be at the wharf in Tracadie.

Further details will be posted here as they are finalized.

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Upcoming Events

May 26

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday May 26th, from 7 to 9pm at the Corran Ban Hall (located at 1231 Route 6).

Our guest speaker for the evening will be John Jamieson, Executive Director of the PEI Federation of Agriculture. The title of John’s presentation will be “Engaging Farmers, Empowering Watersheds.”

Update: John Jamieson, has just been appointed as Deputy Minister with the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries effective May 25. As a result, we will be without a guest speaker this evening.

We welcome everyone to attend. We will have snacks, drinks, and free shower heads too!

June 6

We are having our annual spring hike this year on Saturday June 6th. We hope to find some Lady’s Slippers in bloom, even with this late spring.

Meet at the trail head at the end of the East Suffolk Road at 10am for a guided walk of the Winter River Trail.

June 10

Workshop on Nutrient Management for homeowners and aquaculture operators: 7pm at York Community Centre. Learn how you can help prevent problems associated with too much nitrate in the environment, such as techniques for maintenance of your septic system and lawn management. For Aquaculture operators, how does the nutrient loading of our groundwater effect your operations? What is the current situation in Tracadie Bay with the new opening to the bay? We will be offering free nitrate testing of your water. Sample collection bottles are available at our May 26th AGM, any Access PEI location, or by calling 902-314-9293.

Here is a link for instructions on how to properly collect a sample for water analysis: http://www.gov.pe.ca/environment/index.php3?number=1038048&lang=E  (just follow the first three steps for our event).

Guest speaker list:

  • Aquaculture: Aaron Ramsay, PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
  • Septic systems: Morley Foy, PEI Department of Communities, Land, and Environment
  • Impact on Estuaries: Bruce Raymond, PEI Department of Communities, Land, and Environment

June 13

Volunteer tree planting event in the Brackley Commons park (14 Union Road) from 10am until noon.

 

June 20

Volunteer tree planting event at the old Grand Tracadie school (16 Harbour Road) from 10am until noon.

 

At our tree planting events we will have snacks & drinks, trees & tools. We will even have some trees available for people to plant at their homes within the watershed.

More information in a printable flyer: Walmart evergreen flyer

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Enjoy the winter weather by snowshoeing along Winter River.

The Winter River-Tracadie Bay Watershed Association is hosting our annual snowshoe event on Saturday February 21 from 10am to noon.

We will be exploring the Winter River trail starting from the trail head, which is located at the end of the East Suffolk Road.

Snacks will be provided at the end of the hike.

For individuals who do not have access to a pair of snowshoes, we have a few pairs available to borrow. Please email Info@WinterTracadie.ca if you are interested in borrowing a pair.

2015-02-08 Winter River Trail (6)

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Did you miss our AGM?

If you weren’t able to attend our AGM last week, you can find most of the important information online:

All these files are also available in other areas of our website, such as the Documents page.

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Upcoming events

Join us this spring at our events. Let’s hike, plant trees, and learn!

  • Wednesday May 28 our Annual General meeting will be held at 7pm at Corran Ban Hall (1231 Rt 6) with guest speaker Daryl Guignion.
  • Saturday June 7 we will be having our annual spring hike on the Winter River Trail. Meet at the trail head at the end of the East Suffolk Road at 1pm.
  • Saturday June 14 we will be planting trees at the Union Road pumping station property (588 Union Road) starting at 10am. There will be a barbeque with hot dogs after the trees are planted.

Our spring newsletters have also been delivered to area residents. An electronic version is available in the Documents section of this website.

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