2021 WRTBWA Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 26th from 7 to 9 pm at the Tracadie Cross Community Centre (located on Station Road – between St. Peter’s Road and Donaldston Road). However, if there is a change in public health guidance, we will shift to a Zoom meeting.

Our guest speaker will be Shawn Schofield, who will discuss the “Agriculture and Environment Unit and Their Role in Government.”

Advanced registration is mandatory for all attendees. Call Sarah at 902-314-9293 or email info@WinterTracadie.ca to provide your name, phone number, number of attendees in your group, and an email address. The email address will be used to provide a Zoom meeting link if we need to pivot to a virtual meeting.

Due to public health rules, masks must be worn at all times during the meeting, and therefore snacks will not be provided.

Despite the pandemic changes, we still hope to see many of our residents and supporters at the meeting.

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2020 Snowshoe Hike

We will be hosting our annual snowshoe event (or hike) on Saturday February 1. Everyone should meet at the parking lot for the Winter River trail at 10am.

After hiking along the Winter River, participants will be invited to the private family cabin of one of our volunteers, where we will warm up with some chili and hot chocolate, along with enjoying some sweet treats.

After leaving the cabin, participants can take the short route back to the parking lot, or feel free to independently explore some other areas of the Winter River trail system.

Dogs are welcome if they are kept on a leash. Children are welcome – no leashes required! For planning purposes, the route we will follow is around 4km. If this is too far for some people, you can start with the group and take a shorter route out (skipping the snacks) and have a total distance of about 2.5km. If needed, ask your trail guide to point out this route when the group reaches the turn off point.

We ask participants to bring their own snowshoes to this event. If snow conditions require snowshoes and you don’t have any, please contact Sarah Wheatley in advance, to see if arrangements can be made.

If there is little snow, this event will proceed as a hike along the same route. Only in the event of extensive ice-covered areas would the event be postponed to February 22.

There is no cost for this event, but donations are always gratefully accepted.

Check our Facebook event page for updates on the event and additional information such as maps and trail details. https://www.facebook.com/events/604097020134558/

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Special Fundraising Event

Wheatley’s Raspberries will be donating the proceeds from all raspberry sales on Monday August 5, 2019 to Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed Association.

Who:      Wheatley’s Raspberries have been growing raspberries in Suffolk for 40 years, first picking berries to sell, then transitioning to a completely U-pick operation.

What:     U-pick raspberries will be available at regular prices on this date. Customers can also choose to speak to staff members from the watershed group about the work that the group does.

As a registered charity, we can issue tax receipts for any separate donations made on this date, or at any time

When:    Monday August 5, 2019 from 8 am until noon

               In the event of rain, alternate date will be Tuesday August 6.

Where: 630 Suffolk Road PEI

Why:      Wheatley’s Raspberries is located next to a small stream of the Winter River in Suffolk, and recognizes the value of this local charity in helping to protect and enhance the environment in our community. Water is necessary to support all life in our community and most of the water for the City of Charlottetown. There are so many uses of water from Winter River – Tracadie Bay Watershed:

  • drinking and cooking
  • showers and toilets
  • brewing local beer
  • coffee shops
  • cleaning the hospital
  • fighting fires
  • fish habitat
  • ice rinks and swimming pools

How:      Come to Suffolk to pick some local berries and support a local charity in the process. Please bring your own containers to transport your berries home.

Grow for the Flow

For the portion of the raspberry season that overlaps with sunflower bloom, these flowers will be available for sale, with proceeds also going to the watershed group.

Next year, Wheatley’s Raspberries encourages other landowners with a small patch of unused land to grow sunflowers, as a way to show their support for the watershed group. Planting sunflowers is also a way to support our local pollinator population.

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AGM update

Our guest speaker will now be Aggi-Rose Reddin, Vice-chair at Glenaladale Heritage Trust.

Hope to see many people at the Corran Ban hall for this presentation.

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2019 Annual General Meeting

Our AGM will be held on Wednesday May 22 from 7pm to 9 pm at Corran Ban Hall (1231 Rte 6).

Our guest speaker, Mary Gallant from Glenaladale Heritage Trust, will discuss the environmental management plans for their 529 acres of land.

We will also have presentations by our watershed coordinator on projects completed last year and what is upcoming this year, along with reports from the treasurer and chair of the board of directors. There will be a short business meeting after the presentations. Then we wrap up the evening with some snacks and conversation.

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2018 Lady’s Slipper Hike

It’s time for our annual spring hike on the Winter River trail. As usual we hope to see some Lady’s Slipper flowers in bloom. We will have knowledgeable guides to point out features of interest along the way. We will also have a snack break at the family cabin of one of our volunteers.

Saturday June 9, 2018 – 10:00am to 12:00

Meetup location will be the parking lot/trail head for the Winter River trail (145 East Suffolk Road Extension in Suffolk).

More information about the trail on the Island Trails website:

Dogs are allowed on the trail. For our group hike, we ask that people keep their dogs on a leash.


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2018 Annual General Meeting

Our Annual General Meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday May 22 at Corran Ban Hall (1231 Rte 6).

Our guest speaker for the evening, Evan MacDonald, will discuss “Sustainable Agriculture Resources – using new technology for soil conservation.”

Evan works in the Sustainable Agriculture Resources division within the PEI Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. He will chat about how they use drones, how they turn the information collected by drone into something useful on the land that helps keep silt out of our streams; how LiDAR (elevation) data can be used to identify higher risk areas for erosion (areas of concentrated flow); and available funding programs (focusing on Agriculture Stewardship and Soil conservation in particular).

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2018 Snowshoe hike – CANCELLED

Ongoing poor weather and trail conditions mean we can’t go snowshoeing this weekend. With no snow in the foreseeable future, we aren’t sure whether there will be a new date.

If we decide to host at a later date, we will post here and on our Facebook page.Share on Facebook

2018 snowshoe hike – RESCHEDULED

Due to poor snow conditions we have rescheduled the snowshoe hike to February 17. All other information will remain the same.Share on Facebook

2018 snowshoe hike

It is time for 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. 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.

Start time 10am. Finish time depends on how long you relax at the cabin!

Please bring your own snowshoes. If you do not have snowshoes, please contact us in advance. We will arrange to borrow the required number of pairs from the Eastern Region Sport & Recreation Council. Email info@WinterTracadie.ca or call 902-314-9293.

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 (or see map in the event Discussion section).

If weather conditions are not suitable, the alternate date for this event will be February 17th. Updates will be made on the event page – https://www.facebook.com/events/937351749749227/

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