Moonlight hike update…

We’re going to go ahead with tonight’s full moon hike as planned. Technically – the moon is full although we may not get much of a chance to see it. Check in with our FOEP volunteers at the Mood Road gate for a 7:00 pm start. Bring a flashlight (just in case) and dress for the weather, which is mild, but damp. **Please sign in at the gate when you arrive!

After your walk please stop by the ski cabin for a warming drink before heading back to your cars. We’ll have the wood stove lit and hot chocolate, tea or coffee for everyone.

This is a free event, but the Friends of Ellenwood appreciate the donations we receive from our supporters. We can’t promise the moon, unfortunately.

YAY! We’re going on a night hike!
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Thursday, January 9th

Stephen has reported that 2 inches of fresh snow fell at Ellenwood overnight and conditions for skiing throughout the park are good!

Yesterdays’ reminders still apply… the park is (technically) still under construction, leaving a few uneven surfaces in the two camping loops so take extra care. As you enter the park PLEASE SIGN IN at the Mood Road gate, walk left keeping well clear of the ski tracks (dogs too!), ski right, skate ski in between and be respectful of others sharing the trails. Above all… HAVE FUN!

A beautiful ski through Ellenwood today! You should have been there.
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Wednesday, January 8th

Stephen has just finished grooming at Ellenwood and the entire park is groomed and track set for skiing! Use extra caution in the two camping loops due to a few bare patches and some uneven ground, but otherwise… GET OUT THERE AND ENJOY THE SNOW WHILE IT LASTS:-) **Here are a few reminders… 

#1 Please sign in at the gate when you arrive. 

#2 WALK to the LEFT, SKI to the RIGHT and SKATE SKI in the middle. 

#3 DOGS and WALKERS PLEASE KEEP OFF THE SKI TRACKS! Chopped up tracks can be dangerous for skiers and lead to unnecessary injuries.

#4 SKIERS SKI AT THEIR OWN RISK… so be safe. You’ll find Tips & Etiquette by clicking on our ‘Skiing At The Park’ tab on our Home Page. Night skiing is magic… but use extra caution and common sense.

If the conditions hold, our volunteers will be out at the ski cabin this Saturday ready to loan equipment from noon-4:00 pm. Check back here for updates before heading out. Have fun out there!

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Happy New Year!

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.”
– Thomas Berry

The Friends of Ellenwood Park wish each and every one of you a very happy, peaceful and healthful New Year. Take time to engage with Nature and enjoy all that she has to offer. You won’t be disappointed!

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Ever hiked by the light of a full moon?

The Friends of Ellenwood Park invite you to join us for a leisurely stroll by moonlight on Friday, January 10th.  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 walk around the lakefront loop before warming up with a hot drink at the ski cabin and heading home by 9:00 pm.  Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight (just in case).  The next two full moon hikes are planned for Sunday, February 9th and 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 for updates before heading out.  Please take the time to sign in at the gate when you arrive!

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Join the fun, the weather’s perfect!

It’s great weather for our last Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast of the season. This afternoon, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7th at Ellenwood! Join the Friends of Ellenwood Park from 2:00-4:00 at the fire pit down by the children’s playscape. The whole family will enjoy the beauty of the trees all dressed in white as you walk in… a leisurely and lovely 1.5 km down to the lake. We’ll have the coals glowing and the toasting sticks and marshmallows all ready for you. See you there!

It’s ALL about technique, patience, and FUN!
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The weather’s perfect for our 2nd Bonfire & Marshmallow Roast of the Season!

TODAY! SATURDAY, November 9th, 2-4 pm   Bring the whole family and join the Friends of Ellenwood Park for another Bonfire and Marshmallow Roast at the fire pit down by the children’s playground. Come and experience a classic Canadian tradition beside our beautiful lake!  It’s an easy 1.5 km walk down from the Mood Road gate. Newcomers to the area are most welcome! Marshmallows and toasting sticks will be provided. *This event is weather dependent and will be cancelled if it’s too windy or wet so be sure to check here or on our Facebook page for updates before heading out.

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Seniors’ Days at Ellenwood

Our first two Seniors’ Days at Ellenwood have been a BIG hit! There are only two more dates left so call HOPE Dial-a-Ride at 902-742-6579 to reserve your place now for Wednesday, October 2nd. And don’t let the weather stop you! A HOPE bus will deliver you door-to-door and the wood stove will keep things cozy while you socialize and enjoy a delicious catered box lunch – and it’s all FREE!

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Seniors’ Days at Ellenwood

Hey seniors!  When was the last time you enjoyed an old-fashioned picnic outdoors?  Join us for a beautiful afternoon this fall at Ellenwood Lake Park.

Your afternoon will include a delicious catered lunch and transportation to and from Ellenwood where you’ll enjoy a relaxing social get together just for seniors like you. There are four Wednesdays to choose from: September 18th and 25th and October 2nd and 9th.  10:30-1:00 or so.

You must pre-register for the program by calling  HOPE Dial-a-Ride at 742-6579. For more information, ask about Seniors’ Days at Ellenwood.  This is a FREE event made possible by a grant from Nova Scotia’s Health and Wellness Fund and the Friends of Ellenwood Park.

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Thank you!

A BIG thanks goes out to everyone who came out to the Friends of Ellenwood garage sale in Sandford yesterday. Well… maybe not the black flies. We could have done without them, but we could never have raised $763 without your help! It will go a long way towards keeping our activities running (along with our snow mobile and groomer;-) next ski season. I hope you had some fun and found a few bargains too. Have a safe and sunny summer and we’ll see you in the fall at Ellenwood!

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