Rallying behind trail system

Rose Willigar
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ADVOCATE HARBOUR - Cold drizzly weather didn't stop 85 ATV from enjoying the trails in Advocate Harbour last Saturday with the Chignecto and Area ATV Club's annual poker rally.

"The event raised $2,000 which will go directly towards trail maintenance," club vice president John Collins said.

Last season under a new OHV (Off Highway Vehicle) fund through the Department of Natural Resources Collins said the club received $12,300 in funding which the club matched through a combination of money, volunteerism and donations for materials and equipment which totaled $25,000 spent on the 115 kilometers of trail in the Chignecto area.

"It's thanks to local property owners, volunteers, businesses and federal and provincial governments the 115 kilometers which is GPS mapped and signage along the trails was able to be completed," Collins said.

The vice-president said the club was also able to fix trail along the Advocate Marsh Body. According to Collins the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wanted the trail removed from the top of the dyke and relocated at the foot of the dyke.

"Thanks to federal stimulas money the club received $5,000 in funding from the National Trail Coalition which the DNR matched on a provincial level and the trail at the foot of the dyke was completed," Collins said.

Saturday's poker rally went along 80 kilometers of trail from Cape D'Or along the coast through to Eatonville back through Apple River and back to the community centre in Advocate.

The five top hands in the rally received the following prizes; 3,500 watt generator - Vina Collins, 50 pound of lobster - Doug Roberts, 3,500 pound wench - Edsel Hart, Walkie talkies - Joseph Brow and two ATV helmets - Stewart Nuttall.

The club holds the poker rally every year in May.


Organizations: Department of Natural Resources, Area ATV Club, National Trail Coalition

Geographic location: ADVOCATE HARBOUR, Chignecto, Cape D'Or Apple River

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