Larry was out grooming this morning and he is reporting fair-to-good ski conditions with tracks set throughout the Park. There was less snow than promised, but enough to ski on:-) Get out there fast before it melts away! Have fun. Stay safe.
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We are just a few days away from the Winter Solstice, December 21st, marking the shortest day of the year with the least daylight and the official beginning of winter. This year’s solstice brings along with it a remarkable event, the convergence of Jupiter and Saturn. On a clear night it can be seen in the western sky about 45 minutes after sunset – and these two planets haven’t been this close in 800 years! They will be a mere 0.1 degree apart. For more detailed information about the Great Conjunction try going to https://earthsky.org/tonight/young-moon-to-swing-by-jupiter-saturn.
Just think… there is no one living today who has seen this happen and another 800 years will pass before it is seen again! Let’s hope for clear skies this week so we can fully enjoy this rare gift… just in time for Christmas!
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The Friends of Ellenwood Park would like you to join us as we participate in Fit Week, November 16th to 22nd. The Yarmouth Recreation Department will be hosting a variety of events throughout the week with the goal of helping you stay FIT this season and Ellenwood Park is a great place to start! You can stay ‘socially distanced’ and still have fun.
How about bringing your camera or cell phone out to the Park and taking a few pictures? We’ll be offering prizes for the best 4 photos! Here are the categories…
best photo taken by a person 10 years of age or under
best photo taken at night
best action shot
best still life/ nature photo
All photos must be taken in Ellenwood Park between the 16th and the 22nd to qualify. A $20 gift card will be awarded for each of our winners to spend at local shops and your photos will be posted here on our website and on our Facebook page where everyone can vote by ‘liking’ their favourites! *Only one entry per person per category please.
Photos should be attached in an email to email@example.com or sent via Facebook Messenger to… https://www.facebook.com/FriendsOfEllenwoodPark. Winners will be announced on November 28th.
Even more reasons to get out there and enjoy Nature – and take your best shot!
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Of course I’m referring to the Northern Taurid Meteor Shower, which will be at its peak on November 11th and 12th. Ellenwood’s dark skies and open spaces provide perfect conditions and an unobstructed view for night hikers, who can expect to see an average of 5 fireballs per hour.
A fireball is perfectly safe to watch and will be brighter than Venus, which is normally the brightest object in the night sky with the exception of the moon. Fireballs are meteors and the Taurid meteors tend to last a bit longer than others do. Don’t ask me why – just get out there and enjoy them!
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No one can argue that the pandemic and social distancing protocols have had an enormous effect on our daily lives and keeping a positive frame of mind can be a bit of a challenge some days. Time spent in Nature can help and Ellenwood Park is the perfect place. The Friends of Ellenwood Park will be making every effort this winter to encourage dog walkers, hikers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers to GET OUT THERE and enjoy Ellenwood’s fresh air and gentle trails.
Keep on top of upcoming events, snow conditions and more. It’s easy! Click on the SUBSCRIBE button on our home page and updates will appear in your email in box. It’s FREE! (We’re experiencing technical difficulties with our subscription feature at the moment, but we’re working on it!)
When Nature calls don’t hesitate. Our volunteers will keep doggie-do bags available at the Mood Road gate for our furry friends and the outhouse down by the children’s playscape will be kept open and fully supplied.
We’re in this together. Click on the BE A FRIEND tab to find out how you can help support the Friends of Ellenwood Park this season and GET OUT THERE! You’ll be happy that you did.
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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.
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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
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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!
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