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contact us

FOTST President: Paul Couture at pmcouture@gmail.com For information pertaining to: Communications / Advertising / Media: Jean-Pierre Tibi at jptibi@sympatico.ca Programs (including Volunteers, School Groups, Lessons, Group Outings etc): Doug Boeckh at dougthecatvet@aol.com or Tanya Deeks at tricoachtanya@gmail.com Trails (including development and maintenance): Vic Leroux at mlvleroux@sympatico.ca

For all other general enquiries including membership: summerstowntrails@gmail.com

Join us, become a member now!

We need your support - become a FOTST member today!

All the work you see at the trails is done by a small group of FOTST volunteers who depend on your support to maintain and groom the trails, install signage, and make the trails as wonderful as they are! You can help by becoming a member of FOTST.

Membership to FOTST for the year is $40 for individuals or $100 for the whole family (3 or more individuals). To become a member, complete our Membership Form. As members, your only responsibility is to come out and enjoy the trails! We email members with special trail conditions, community events, and members-only events. Members also receive other member benefits, such as a discount off ski lessons and a discount at Total Cyclery in Cornwall!

For more information, please email summerstowntrails@gmail.com

MAKING A DONATION

FOTST greatly appreciates donations made by individuals, families and organizations. These donations help us to continue to maintain the trails, offer programs and encourage people to use the Summerstown Forest.

We are currently updating our donation process. If you are interested in making a donation at this time, please email summerstowntrails@gmail.com.

BECOMING A VOLUNTEER

FOTST is a group of volunteers and we welcome anyone who would like to join us. You can volunteer in one or more different ways. The volunteers who run the following activities would be delighted to hear from you:

FOTST executive

The 2017-18 members of the FOTST executive are:

  • President: Paul Couture
  • First VP: Vic Leroux
  • Second VP: Jean-Pierre Tibi
  • Treasurer: Jo-Ann Toop
  • Secretary: Susan Wallwork
  • SPONSORS

    FOTST wishes to thank the following sponsors in our community for their support:

    MOUNTAIN EQUIPMENT CO-OPERATIVE (MEC)
    mec.ca
    For their generous contribution towards the purchase of skate skis and snowshoes.

    TD – FRIENDS OF THE ENVIRONMENT FOUNDATION
    fef.td.com
    For their generous contribution for the production and installation of interpretive signs on the trails.

    JOHN WARDEN SEPTIC TANKS AND FUEL OILS
    6275 Boundary Rd, Cornwall, ON K6H 5R5
    613-932-2813
    For their generous continuing donation of a porta-potty for the season.

    JOHN WARNER INSURANCE BROKERS
    215 Sydney Street, Cornwall, Ontario, K6H 3H3,
    613-932-7210
    For their contribution towards the printing of our brochure.

    MINIMAX EXPRESS (YVES POIRIER)
    605 Education Rd. ON, K6H 6C7
    For his generous donation of grooming equipment for the trails.

    CARDINAL AND SON – WHOLESALE MEATS OF CORNWALL (GILLES CARDINAL)
    1051 Sydney St. Cornwall, ON K6H 3K1
    For their generous contribution in support of our Family Day activities.

    THE KINSMEN CLUB OF CORNWALL
    cornwallkin.com
    For their generous donation of equipment for kids.

    The BRICK
    1525 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON K6J 3V1 (613) 932-2751
    For their donation of two benches for users of the trails.

    DR. RACHEL NAVANEELAN, FAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY
    Unit D 525 9Th Street East. Cornwall, ON K6H 0A3
    (613) 933-7528
    drnavaneelan.com
    For her generous donation for snowshoes for kids.

    BOXX MODULAR (CHRIS SMITH)
    For their continuing generous donation of a trailer for the Snowshoe Race and Family Day.

    TOTAL CYCLERY AND SPORTS
    241 Pitt St., Cornwall, ON K6J 3P8
    (613) 938-8585
    totalcyclerysports.com
    For their continuuing 10% discount to FOTST members on all products and service.

    NEIL SHAVER-KUDELL MANUFACTURING
    shaverkudell.ca
    For continuing to help us in the promotion of our activities.

    WENDY'S RESTAURANT - BROOKDALE AVE
    For providing juice and snacks for our various events.

    PARTNERS

    FOTST has been extremely active and successful working with its community partners, each of which has been most supportive. For example, The Township of South Glengarry has provided annual grants for capital expenditure and has also helped FOTST in many other ways. In 2012, FOTST signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SDG thereby formalizing its relationship with the government body responsible for the Summerstown Forest

    FOTST is an active partner with:
    Township of South Glengarry
    United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, & Glengarry (SDG)
    South Nation Conservation

    HISTORY OF THE TRAILS

    BEFORE FOTST:

    Local residents have been cross-country skiing in the Summerstown Forest and adjacent Crown Land for nearly half a century. In the early 1970s, the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) cut and groomed cross-country ski trails in the Forest. With government cutbacks, in the late 1970’s, the jobs of maintaining the trails fell to a group of people who volunteered their time to do all the work. These volunteers supplied or made the equipment, provided the gas, groomed the trails, and asked skiers and other partners such as the Townships of Lancaster and Charlottenburgh (later South Glengarry) to support their work. They formed the Jack Rabbit Ski Club that later became the Friends of the Summerstown Ski Area. Over the years, many of these early volunteers became discouraged and gradually the group dwindled until there were only three or four stalwarts who continued to maintain the trails.

    FOTST:

    By 2008, the ski trails were being maintained only sporadically and conditions were deteriorating. Following an appeal in The Glengarry News by a longtime skier in the Forest, a number of people came forward to work to keep the ski area open throughout the season and the Friends of the Summerstown Trails(FOTST) was organized. In November 2008, FOTST became a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to green recreational use in the Summerstown Forest and adjacent crown land.