The Friends of Ellenwood Park would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving. Despite the challenging times in which we find ourselves, we have so much to be thankful for!
May you all enjoy time spent with family and friends, both near and far, as you celebrate this weekend. Be sure to include the beauty of our natural world among the many blessings you count this Thanksgiving and take a walk in Nature! It’s time well spent.
You may be wondering what the Friends of Ellenwood Park have been doing over the past few months. Like you, we have been keeping our social distance and staying safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
As the start of hunting season approaches, please keep Ellenwood Park in mind when you’re in the mood for a walk in the sunshine – or by moonlight! There is NO HUNTING allowed at Ellenwood and walkers are encouraged to make the Park your ‘go to’ place for a safe and serene place to hike.
At present, the Friends of Ellenwood Park, in compliance with provincial health guidelines and safety protocols concerning COVID, will be suspending its usual fall bonfires. The ski cabin will not be opened for drop-in visitors this season. We will post an update regarding cross country skiing and trail grooming once the winter weather kicks in.
We miss you, but safety is always a top priority with the Friends of Ellenwood Park. Get out there and enjoy the fall colours:-)
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Provincial beaches will open Saturday, May 16th. Gates are being opened so parking lots can be accessed, and boat launches within day-use parks will also open. Full services are not yet offered, so there is no washroom access, garbage collection or lifeguards on duty. Follow pack-in, pack out etiquette and don’t leave any waste. Many provincial park camp grounds remain closed… including Ellenwood. For further information please refer to the current updates as posted on the Parks Nova Scotia website. https://parks.novascotia.ca/content/current-advisories
Although the government has lifted restrictions on accessing Provincial Parks, there are a few things you should know and keep in mind. Social distancing is STILL a requirement for everyone. If the Mood Road parking area is full of cars, it’s probably a good idea to go elsewhere. Also, work is still being done in in the Park to prepare Ellenwood for the upcoming season. If you’re not sure whether or not it’s OK to walk there, call the Department of Lands and Forestry and ask them directly, 902-648-3540.
The black flies have also returned to Ellenwood – in clouds. They’re not biting yet, but they will in the next few days!
We’re very happy at the increased numbers of walkers we’re seeing out on the roads every day… one good side-effect of this terrible pandemic. The Friends of Ellenwood would like to encourage EVERYONE to make walking a part of your ‘new normal’. Don’t stop now!
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!