Tantramar Outdoor Club

Active Living in Sackville and the Tantramar Region

Trail Etiquette Refresher January 6, 2017

Filed under: Activities,Membership,Ski Conditions — dougskijors @ 2:37 pm
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Concerns have been raised about the cable by the driveway going into Doncaster’s property at the  pond. This is meant to dissuade ATV’s from entering and should remain up at all times. It is easy to duck under, or unhook and hook up again if bending isn’t your forté.
Donnie Doncaster remains very supportive ,as he always has, of skiers crossing his property and using the trails there on.
All the ski trails after crossing the Access Rd are on private lands and our use of them is by the consent of the landowners. Please be respectful of this. If you do accost motorized vehicles on the trails to discourage them from being on them, it is usually a good idea to make sure it is not the owner you are admonishing.
Finally, with the dusting of snow last night the trails should be very skiable- likely a violet wax or waxles skis would work today.

See Facebook page for details of yesterdays grooming.


Saturday January 21, 2017 – Pot luck supper and information about trails. January 3, 2017

Filed under: Activities,Membership,Uncategorized — dougskijors @ 7:09 pm
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Saturday January 21, 2017 – The Outdoor Club invites all members to join us for a social, pot luck supper and information update about our trails.

Please join us at St Ann’s Church Hall, British Settlement Road, Westcock.   Social starts at 5:30 pm  with supper served at 6:00 pm. Only cost is your donation to our supper (either an appetizer which will be served during the social; main meal , salad or dessert).

Parents are asked to bring some table top activities for children.

Looking forward to seeing skiers and snowshoers of all ages on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

If questions about the social, contact Susan at meals@nbnet.nb.ca


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.


XC Skis sought December 3, 2016

Filed under: Membership,Uncategorized — dougskijors @ 12:12 am

Beth Jewett, ejewett@mta.ca, seeks a pair of XC skis for a smaller woman.


Trail Work October 23, 2016

Filed under: Activities,Membership,Trail Clearing,Uncategorized — dougskijors @ 5:46 pm

This is trailwork season. If you are interested in spending time in the woods sawing and hacking and admiring fall beauty when no one is looking, let Ross Thomas know and he will add you to the trails list. If you were on the list last year, you are already on it for this year.

We have a few bridges to construct, some levelling to do, and hopefully finish off the board and batoning at the Sugar Brook Lodge.

Wear a reflecto vest.  We have some if needed.


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….