Saturday, February 29 dawned cold, but clear with a fresh layer of snow on the field below the Diefenbunker. Volunteers had groomed a snowshoe track and ski tracks on Friday, plowed the ball diamond parking lot, and picked up rented snowshoes at MEC to loan for free to those without them. We were ready for HCA’s Winter Carnival!
Bright, sunny weather and the chili contest brought a crowd of people to the Mess Hall around noon. Many people enjoyed the trail throughout the day using their own equipment. In the afternoon 36 people signed out snowshoes, 19 adults, 17 children. A number of people had never snowshoed, so we were glad they had the opportunity to try it out.
Friends of the Carp River supported the event to raise awareness of the Carp Riverwalk, a project in the exploration phase about creating a one kilometer loop on the City-owned land below the Diefenbunker. It would have all-season use for people to enjoy walking, jogging, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing along the Carp River.