In just a few short days Hap Wilson of ECO Trailbuilders, one of Canada’s premier trail designers who just happens to be a Rosseau village resident, created a preliminary design for this multi-phase trail system development initiative.
Casey Erin Wood from RLC’s Parent Guild led the charge and very quickly organized eager parent volunteers for the weekend. Graeme Smith, RLC Outdoor Education Lead and Tia Saley, RLC Round Square Lead were able to harness the help of students who cared so deeply for Robert. Over the weekend this formidable team, under Hap’s direction, were able to uncover and commence restoration of the historic “Lady Eaton Bridle Path”, a trail that travels the entire perimeter of the campus, from the main gate along the waterfront all the way around to the beach and old sauna. While this is just the start for this section, as some areas remain treacherous and still unsafe for use, a massive amount of progress was made. If this wasn’t enough, Hap also set an ecologically sensitive new section of single-track trail that extends where the Lady Eaton Bridle path starts at the main gate, eastward into the woods stretching to the existing trails on the McCarthy Street edge of the property. The teams of volunteers were able to begin the long process of clearing and grooming these naturalized trails, intended for walking and snowshoeing, with minimal impact to the natural forest habitat.