Wednesday, February 10th update…

Latest ski conditions at Ellenwood:

Larry has just finished grooming and reports very good cross-country conditions throughout the Park and beautiful weather for folks on skis! Walkers please remember to stay to the left and avoid stepping into the ski tracks. As always, you SKI AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Walking conditions were treacherous this morning with ice under a thin layer of snow on the plowed side of the trail. Campsite loops are groomed for skiers only. Please WALK WITH CAUTION.

Thanks to our loyal followers and Park users for sending reports like these. It’s greatly appreciated! Take care. Stay safe!

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Monday, February 8th update…

Larry just called from Ellenwood to say that he’s finished setting tracks around the Park and conditions are GOOD! So get out there and enjoy it while it lasts:-)

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Sunday, January 24th

Conditions this afternoon at Ellenwood are reported as ‘patchy’ at best… the campground loops being unskiable. The asphalt loop is snow-covered and is OK for skiing, but too thin to groom, so there are no tracks set. Use caution.

Wind is always a factor when the snow is powdery. It gets lifted and redeposited unevenly, unfortunately. We’ll be sure to keep you posted if there are any changes. Happy trails!

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Why not Walk Fundy?

Our community partners at the Yarmouth Recreation Department have a GREAT idea to keep you active and fit this year. It’s called ‘Walk Fundy.’ Whether it’s indoors, outdoors, on a trail or on a treadmill, it’s a fun challenge to walk the equivalent number of kilometres from here to the New Bruswick border by March 31st – a distance of about 550 km. There are prizes too:-) What more incentive do you need? For full details go to… http://yarmouthrecreation.ca/2020/12/26/what-is-walk-fundy/

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Friday, Dec. 18th ski conditions…

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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Gifts for the sky-gazer…

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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Fit Week Photo Contest

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 friendofellenwood@gmail.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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Ellenwood Park… the perfect place for a shower!

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.

What’s a fireball and is it safe to watch?

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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We’re Still Connecting Community to Nature

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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Happy Thanksgiving!

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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