A fallen tree over the skidoo trail near the juncture of the Egan Street Bridge and the Quyon River.
MUNICIPALITY OF PONTIAC – Alain Goulet, president of the Pontiac Snowmobile Drivers’ Association (PSDA), says the club has its work cut out for it this fall to prepare for the winter snowmobile season.
Goulet said between 50 and 100 trees have to be cleared from trails every
season, commenting that, “thankfully we have some very good chainsaw operators in the club.” After tree clearing, the PSDA uses a snow bulldozer to clear debris from the trails.
Besides washed out culverts to repair and trees on trails, the Club continues to negotiate with the National Capital Commission (NCC) concerning the future of the trails between Quyon and Masham. The NCC wants to keep snowmobiles out of Gatineau Park, and if this plan continues, Goulet says about a third of the Club’s members residing in Masham won’t have access to the trails in Quyon.
The PSDA held a public meeting, September 27 via ZOOM, to detail the NCC’s plans. Discussions between the two parties continue.