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.


Potluck 17:15 19 Nov 2016 November 15, 2016

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All interested in the winter sports of cross country skiing and snowshoeing and falling over are invited to the Tantramar Outdoor Club pot luck and meeting on Saturday, November 19.
St Ann’s Church Hall, 65 British Settlement Road, Westcock.

Social will begin at 5:15 with pot luck supper at 5:45 pm.
Cost: contribution to the pot luck meal.

Families are asked to bring some table top activities for their children.
We look forward to having everyone gather to kick off the 2016-2017 season.

Questions regarding the social should be addressed to Susan Kastuk-Ridlington at meals@nbnet.nb.ca

JACKRABBIT registration will take place from 4:15 to 5:30 at the same venue.
Hope to see you there, Ross Thomas


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.


Potluck 19 November 2016

Filed under: Activities,Uncategorized — dougskijors @ 5:44 pm
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Potluck the 19th of November at 5:15 p.m. at St Anne’s Hall in West Sackville.