Have you visited Ellenwood lately?

Ellenwood is beautiful at any time of year. Even our cross-country ski friends won’t be disappointed with the lack of snow! It’s the perfect time of year for biking or hiking, kayaking or canoeing, seeing the sights or enjoying Nature’s shy beauty. Pack a picnic lunch and spend a day relaxing or tossing a frisbee with the kids. Get away from it all at Ellenwood – and come back often!

Look hoo we saw at Ellenwood!

Look hoo we saw at Ellenwood!

Lady's Slipper

Lady’s Slipper

Azaleas at Ellenwood?  Wild!

Azaleas at Ellenwood? Wild!

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April showers bring May flowers!

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This event has unfortunately been cancelled.  There was just not enough interest.   Sorry!

On Sunday, April 10th we’ll be keeping an eye on the weather down at the ski cabin. Save the date for your junior weather watchers to join us from 2:00 until 4:00. We will be making measuring devices to keep track of the wind and the rain. Fun for children 6 to 12 years old. Please pre register for this event by leaving a message for Chris at 902-881-2658. Rain date: Sunday, April 17th.  As always, there is no cost for this event but donations are greatly appreciated!

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Saltscapes delivers!

Be sure to have a look at the latest Spring/Summer issue of Saltscapes magazine for an inside look at Ellenwood Park!  It’s located on page 11 of the Living Healthy insert.  You’ll be sure to recognize a few familiar faces.  Our goal of motivating  folks of all ages to enjoy nature, get active and have fun has been nicely highlighted by Sandra Phinney along with a bit of our history which I hope you’ll find interesting.  Share it with a friend.  We love it when you spread the word!

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St. Patrick’s Hunt for Gold

We had wall-to-wall wee folk at the Park today! Just what we needed to help collect all those lucky gold coins left behind by those littering leprechauns.  The weather was grand and the mood was festive for young and old. So the Friends of Ellenwood Park would like to thank everyone who made the hike down to the cabin for some fun. We hope it was worth the walk and that you will do it again often!   Our ski cabin will be closed until our ‘Weather Stations’ event on April 10th, but the Park is still a great place for family time and fresh air ANYtime!
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March 5th ski conditions

Stephen says that although the road between the parking area and the ski cabin is fully snow covered, there are bare patches on all of the ski loops around the park.  This means that conditions for today are rated as only ‘fair’.  Conditions for tomorrow will depend upon traffic on the trails today and weather overnight.

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Saturday, March 5th

The ski cabin will be open from noon until 4 pm today and tomorrow. We got our wish for another visit from Old Man Winter, but perhaps not enough snow for good ski conditions. We’ll have to wait and see just how much accumulates. Stay tuned… In the mean time remember to mark next Sunday, March 13th on your calendars. If you have youngsters 10 yrs. and under, be sure to bring them out to our annual ‘St. Patrick’s Hunt for Gold’ at the cabin from 2 to 4:00. The kids can hunt for gold coins and trade them in for fun prizes to take home. This event will depend on the weather. Click on our ‘Upcoming Events’ tab at the top of our home page for all the details!

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Saturday, February 20th

The ski cabin will be open from noon until 2:00 only today due to inclement weather.  It will be open from 12:00 until 4:00 tomorrow as long as there’s no rain. Don’t despair all you cross-country ski lovers!  I have a feeling that Old Man Winter isn’t through with us yet and we’ll be out grooming the trails again in no time. Meanwhile, we’ve been cooking up a few fun activities especially for the youngsters to take part in.  Click on the ‘Upcoming Events’ tab at the top of our home page to see all the details about our St. Patrick’s Hunt for Gold next month!

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A heartfelt THANK YOU!

The Friends of Ellenwood Park would like to thank each and every one of you who trekked down to the cabin for a day of glorious cross-country skiing!  The conditions were perfect and we hope that you had fun. We did! The weekend was a tremendous success – thanks to YOU!  That having been said…

We apologize to anyone who patiently waited for skis on Family Day Monday.  We had a much bigger turnout than we’ve ever had before – and that’s a GOOD thing… unless you’re the one who had to wait for skis.  We do our best, but some things are beyond our control.  There are a few things you should know about who the Friends of Ellenwood Park (FOEP) are and why we do what we do…

The FOEP is a group of volunteers. The running of our ski loan program, trail maintenance (which means care and feeling of the skidoo & groomer) and cabin upkeep are entirely funded by donations from our visitors, memberships and the tireless efforts of our team who have sought out and applied for grants and financial support since FOEP began 8 years ago. Any of you who do volunteer work know that the search for funding is an onerous and time consuming job.  The snacks  are provide by our cabin staff from the goodness of their own hearts and homes. In those 8 years, the FOEP have purchased a skidoo and trail groomer and those wonderful new ski sets you’ve been enjoying so much.  Our goal for the future is to buy more ski equipment and some snowshoes and to continue offering it all to you free of charge!  

WHY do we do this? We love the sport of cross-country skiing!  We adore the beauty of Ellenwood in all its seasons and we want to share it all with you.  A hike down to the cabin or a brisk ski around the Park keeps you and your family healthy and fit. So please be patient with us as we experience the occasional growing pains.  After all, the Friends of Ellenwood Park do it all for you!

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Family Day, February 15th

The ski cabin will be open for Family Day ski loans from 12:00 until 4:00 today.  It was beeeeeeautiful out on the trails yesterday. These light layers of fresh powder make the tracks ‘just right’ for children and folks who are new to the sport… and it’s FREE!  So there’s no reason why you and the kids can’t get out there and give it a try… right?  All you need to bring is a nice warm pair of wooly socks and we’ll provide the rest – including hot drinks by the wood stove to make your Family Day a time to remember. You’ll want to come back again and again!

The virtual fun of sitting on a couch in front of a screen just can’t compete with cross-country skiing at Ellenwood for quality family time and excitement!

 

 

 

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Valentine’s Day!

You’ll LOVE skiing at Ellenwood today!  The trails are groomed, the tracks are set and there’s enough fresh powder for everyone.  The conditions couldn’t be better for  youngsters and newcomers to experience the fun of cross-country skiing  at Ellenwood!  The ski cabin will be open longer today just for you (from 10 until 4) to encourage everyone to Love Your Heart.  We also have a special gift waiting for kids and 1st time skiers today, while they last! Bring a friend. Bring a camera;-)

Children must be accompanied by an adult and skis are loaned on a first come first served basis. Snacks and hot drinks provided courtesy of the FOEP volunteers because we want you to love cross-country skiing as much as we do!

 

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