THANK YOU from all of us at FOEP! We had an amazing time gazing at the Worm Moon on Monday night… just enough clouds to make it moody and mysterious! Put that together with a roaring bonfire and a few toasted marshmallows and, well… you get the picture. It was a perfect night by anyone’s standards. For those of you who attended (all 62 of you) THANK YOU sincerely for the generous donations that you left behind. It allows the Friends of Ellenwood Park to keep doing what we do. You are our main source of operating funds – and we honestly appreciate it!
Make a date to join us for our last Moonlight Hike of the season tonight at Ellenwood! Meet us at the Mood Road gate for a 7:00 pm start – and please sign in when you arrive. Bring a flashlight (just in case). The warmer temperatures have melted the ground just enough to make it slightly messy in spots – so put on appropriate footwear.
**Interesting fact: tonight’s moon is one of three Super Moons this year – and it goes by the odd name of Super Full Worm Moon. Why ‘Worm Moon’? Well, those little underground critters like grubs and worms tend to come out of winter hiding just about now – making robins and moonlight hikers very happy! It’s a sure sign of spring. Also, Super Moons tend to be a bit bigger and brighter to the eye so come on out and join us TONIGHT!
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Monday, March 9th is the date of the next full moon and also the date of our last Moonlight Hike of the season at Ellenwood. If the weather man is in a good mood we will meet all our hikers at The Mood Road gate for a prompt 7:00 pm start. *Please remember to sign in when you arrive. We’ll go for a leisurely stroll around the park and drop by the ski cabin for a hot drink before heading back to our cars by 9:00 or so. Dress for the cold and bring a flashlight, just in case;-) As always, this event is FREE, but the Friends of Ellenwood are very grateful for your donations!
…but you never know. So check back here or on our Facebook page for any last minute updates before heading out. **NEW! Telephone 902-742-6252 for recorded information about our events. Bring your camera and bring a friend!
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The Ministry of Lands and Forestry is busy in the park these days cleaning up the trees that blew down in the wind storm on February 7th. It’s a big job! The contractors’ trucks have chewed up whatever snow has fallen and this has left us without skiable surfaces to groom, unfortunately. The ski cabin will remain closed until the conditions for skiing improve. We’ll be sure to send you an update if there’s a change. In the mean time, the park still offers a great place to walk and to get some fresh air. Enjoy!
The moon was just breathtaking last night and the conditions couldn’t have been better, no wind, no clouds and no ice under foot. Thanks to all of the folks who took photos! If there are more of you out there, please feel free to share:-) Here’s just a sample of what we saw…
It’s going to be cold but otherwise great conditions for our 2nd full moon hike tonight. Due to Friday’s wind storm, there are several trees down around the Park and ALL Park users are advised to be extra careful on the trails! We were sent a few pictures by a walker out at Ellenwood, which I’ll share. **Our hike leaders will have some important safety tips for you when you sign in at the Mood Road Gate at 7:00 pm. Dress for the cold and bring a flashlight (just in case;-) Refer to our ‘Upcoming Events’ tab for more details and come out and join us!
Our next hike by the light of the full moon will be happening this Sunday, February 9th… and the forecast looks good! We’re hoping for some nice views of the night sky and good walking conditions – so bring a friend and introduce them to beautiful Ellenwood park after dark. We’ll meet everyone at the Mood Road gate for a 7:00 pm start. Please sign in when you arrive. Hot drinks and a cozy wood fire will be waiting. Like all of our events, participation is FREE, but goodwill donations are greatly appreciated! Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight (just in case;-) Check back here or on our Facebook page for updates before heading out.
The Friends of Ellenwood Park invite you to join us for a leisurely stroll by moonlight on Sunday, February 9th. It’s a great opportunity for photographers or for those who just appreciate our beautiful, starry night skies. We will meet everyone at the Mood Road parking lot at 7:00 pm and hike for an hour or so and follow it up with a hot drink at the ski cabin before heading home around 9:00 pm. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight (just in case). The next full moon hike is planned for Monday, March 9th. **All our events are weather dependent and will be cancelled if it’s too icy or conditions are unfavourable. Always check our website or Facebook page for updates before heading out. Remember to take a moment to sign in at the Park gate when you arrive.
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The ski cabin will be closed this weekend for equipment loans. The track set areas throughout Ellenwood have become patchy and poor for skiing over the past few days of mild weather. The centre groomed strip may still offer some fairly good snow for classic or skate skiing, but the DNR has been in the park with their plow and narrowed the skiable surface a bit.
Trucks will be in and out of the park next week so that construction of the new cabin in one of the camping loops can be completed. There will likely be some sanding done on the road down from the parking lot so walkers may actually benefit!
We’ll keep an eye on the construction as it progresses. Hopefully, it will be all wrapped up in time for our next fall of snow!
Below zero temperatures and just enough new snowfall have improved ski conditions in all areas of the Park and Stephen has been out grooming – just for you! As long as the colder temperatures hold, the skiing will be GOOD with just a few thin patches in some of the track set areas to watch out for.
Remain vigilant in the camping loops, especially around the spots flagged for construction. You ski at your own risk and our volunteers want everyone to ENJOY their ski experience. Be safe and have FUN out there!
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