Tantramar Outdoor Club

Active Living in Sackville and the Tantramar Region

Membership Online December 13, 2016

Filed under: Administration,Membership — dougskijors @ 8:25 pm

Membership fees this year to join the Tantramar Outdoor club are $30 for individuals or $80 for families. This year we have to do this on line, a requirement of cross country NB. This is the link you need to access the web site where you can register.


Many of you, used to handing Kate soggy bills on the ski trail and hoping she is not too oxygen deprived to remember your name and tick it off as paid,  may be confused and offended by this process so I will blather on a bit about why it is neccessary, so if you just want to go to Zone 4 and join TOC and be spared the brain strain, just stop reading and go register.

Firstly, the Club needs money to build and maintain trails, and to groom ski trails. We also operate a jackrabbit program and the past two autumns have constructed a second warming hut(Sugar Brook Lodge) on the Yellow trail, as well as a groomer shed/possible jackrabbit meeting place on the CTT. These structures alone cost about $12,000 together, and all these efforts of course entail hundreds of volunteer hours, which need to be supported with materials to work with.

The side effect of this is great trails which are free to use and indeed since their construction and improvement have seen a steady increase in traffic over the past decade(although many of the trails date back over half a century).

Secondly, in order to do all these activities, the volunteers and participants need insurance coverage for which  CCNB deducts $12 for every member to cover this cost.

We do get a grant from the Town of Sackville of just under $2,000, but we no longer run the Triathlon which used to net $4,000 annually, hence the slight increase in rates.

If you are unable or unwilling to do the Zone 4 thingy, you can still “donate” funds to the club, but although we are a Not For Profit outfit, we are not a charitible organization and therefore do not issue tax receipts.

Or if you provide your birthdate, address, phone, email and gender( Not always evident on teh ski trails….), Kate can enter all this stuff for you.

Finally, if you have already registered your child/chidren for JACKRABBIT, you will have already paid your membership.


Municipal Election Candidates April 29, 2016

Filed under: Activities,Administration,Membership — dougskijors @ 12:45 pm
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Several TOC members have thrown their hats into the ring in the upcoming municipal election: Ashley Broderick, Brian Nielson Allison Butcher are all running for Sackville council.

Christina De Haas https://www.facebook.com/Vote-Christina-DeHaas-for-DEC is running for district education council rep.
Although the executive of the TOC feel we should remain at least somewhat neutral, we would like to wish the candidates well in this endeavour.


Cross Country New Brunswick

Filed under: Activities,Administration,Membership,Uncategorized — dougskijors @ 12:43 pm
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Cross Country New Brunswick AGM, May 14th 2016 – Invitation & Agenda

Date and Time:   Saturday May 14th, 2016 – 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Location:             The Goodie Shop
20 Fountainhead Lane, Miramichi, N.B.

Please register online @ zone4.ca
Tantramar Outdoor Club normally abstains from this meeting for no other reason than apathy and distance, but if anyone is interested in heading up and wants to represent the TOC let me know.

Note from Doug:  With increasing pressure for motorized access to all trails, CCNB might be a valuable counter-balance for maintaining some self-propelled areas.

2. Andre Bourque has resigned from his position as Executive Director of CCNB. If you are looking for a job, the info is on the CCNB website. Although it may not mention it on the job description, I would be pretty sure you could ski at any club in NB for free as part of your “duties”( just making sure your trails are safe/up to par…), so maybe some of you full time skiers out there may want to come out of retirement….


Trans Canada Trail Vote December 2, 2015

Filed under: Administration,Membership,Trail Clearing — dougskijors @ 9:08 am

To Members of the Tantramar Outdoor Club

The NB Trail Association is hoping to complete the New Brunswick section of the Trans Canada Trail by 2017. In our area, this would mean establishing a link for walkers and cyclists between Dorchester and Sackville.

Two possible routes are being discussed:

A. A 35 km route following Route 935 via Rockport and Westcock, entering town via Queen’s Road.

B. A 14 km route following Woodlawn Road to Fairfield Road to Crossman Road, entering town via York or King Street.

A new trail, through the woods, is considered logistically impossible due to the number of landowners and the difficulty of new trail construction.

If this question interests you, please indicate your preference for either A or B by no later than 8 p.m. on Thursday, December 3rd by emailing Sandy Burnett. <jburnett@burnettmail.ca>


JackRabbit Registration 2016 November 19, 2015

Filed under: Activities,Administration,Membership — dougskijors @ 11:28 pm

Ages 4+

One form required per child. Participating child must be member of the Tantramar Outdoor Club, either through
family membership or individual membership.



Updates 15 Jan 2015 January 15, 2015

Potluck Reminder at St Anne’s Church Hall, this Saturday the 17th January. Social starting at 4:45; dinner at 5:30 pm. St. Ann’s Church Hall, British Settlement.
Kate will gladly accept annual dues and hand out Membership Cards.

Cross Country NB Maritime cup races-17th January at Dieppe-Freestyle/ 18th January in Mirimichi-Classic Agegroups from 4 to really old. consult CCNB web site for details.

Woman’s ski weekend in Charlo 31st January and 1st February. Contact Barb Hurlbut barbntom@rogers.com for details. Several of our members have attended these fun and informative sessions in the past and really enjoyed the marvelous facilities in Charlo.

Susan Kastuk-Ridlington has put forms at the cabin and will have some at the potluck to try to find ways for folks who want to ski with company to get together. There is likely a simple way to do this via the TOC Facebook page and if anyone wants to enlighten me I will send out the details.

Cy and the chain saw boys have cut a lovely new 2 km loop trail which includes the new Coombs bypass(parallels Coombs Rd at the start of the Yellow). We will be doing a tour Saturday a.m., leaving from the Reservoir Gate around 0930. Look for tracks and orange flagging at the start and end of the Coombs Rd.
We are also looking for a name. So far we have Lost Lagoon Loop, Coombs Mountain Loop, and The Roundabout. If any of you poets want to suggest something equally flowery let me know.

Grooming. As you will have noted Pat packed the trails, with difficulty, last week but even with the dusting we had Monday there is not quite enough snow to set track. Our snow princesses have some sort of ritual planned for the potluck to bring on the Nor’ Easters.

See you Saturday, Ross


2015 Dues Please January 9, 2015

Filed under: Administration,Membership — dougskijors @ 11:23 pm
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Dues for 2015 are now due. $40 for families, $20 for individuals. This entitles you to free use of the ski and snowshoe trails(although so does non membership, for that matter), helps financially support the skidoo which grooms the trails(with a little steering from Pat Hayes who does this on a volunteer basis) as well as the wood, nails etc used by Cy Bernard and his host of trail workers who maintain and develop trails. It also pays for the $10/member Cross Country NB fee which provides insurance for the club’s activities. Our other main income sources, since you ask, are the Triathlon($3-4,000/yr) and the Town grant($1,800/yr, in part based on number of members).
You can pay dues to Kate Bredin, 2 Sawdon, Sackville, E4L 2K5, or at the potluck.
Thank you to the hordes who have already antied up.

See you at the potluck or on the trails, Cheers, Ross