Snow grooming operations commence with wintery blast

BACK IN THE SADDLE Snowmobile trail grooming operations have resumed in Prince Edward County (Jason Parks/Gazette Staff)

Local sled heads are celebrating the return of old man winter’s white grip on Prince Edward County.

A dumping of nearly 40 cm of snow on Prince Edward County and the rest of eastern Ontario Monday have carpeted the local trail system and with the significant snow fall, the County of Prince Edward is reminding  Millennium Trail users that  all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) and dirt bikes are not permitted on the trail in winter months once grooming operations have begun.

Grooming began on January 17, 2022, and restrictions will remain in place until the snow has melted and the trail conditions are stable enough for ATV use. During this time, motorized vehicle use of the Millennium Trail is restricted to snowmobiles, farm tractors and vehicles of animal husbandry.

Snowmobilers are reminded to limit their speed to 20 kilometres per hour within any town, village or hamlet, 10 kilometres per hour within designated significant wetlands, and 50 kilometres per hour elsewhere.

All trail users are reminded that The Millennium Trail is a mixed-use trail and to be mindful of other users. The trail provides an opportunity for the public to enjoy time outdoors and exercise through winter activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fat tire biking and walking.

The trail is not maintained for pedestrian use in the winter, and icy conditions exist on some sections of the trail. To limit the spread of COVID-19, trail users are reminded to maintain the safe physical distance of at least two metres apart from others when on the trail.

Visit the PEC Trails Committee website for more information about the Millennium Trail and permitted uses, or contact the County of Prince Edward at 613.476.2148 extension 1023, 613.962.9108 extension 1023, or [email protected].

With increased snowmobile activity, motorists are asked to be vigilant in areas were trails are bisected by County roadways.