Trail grooming at Kouchibouguac has been cut back to 15 km (from the previous 22).
Worse, they are not using their big groomer, they are just using a snowmobile with a drag groomer, which is inadequate for compaction, barely wide enough to skate, and they are running it only every 2-3 days.
The locals are disappointed. I think the local club is the ‘Boules des Neiges’.
The cutbacks are to save on diesel ($4000 last year). But, over a 90 day season, that is only $44/day.
Furthermore, in previous years the grooming was arguably excessive.
I think there is room for a middle ground. If anyone is connected to Parks Canada or the federal government, New Brunswick is losing a good facility. I would happily pay higher user fees.
A sad thought:The grooming is now bad enough that Kouch will not be a destination, so use will drop, so funds will drop and it will fall into a downward spiral.