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  • Nikki Mantell

Ready or not, here we come

This past Saturday, I got to try out Chelsea’s brand new, still-under-construction community trail. I have to say — it’s pretty fantastic. What a showcase for the glorious Gatineau Hills; it’s a reminder of just how incredibly lucky we are to live in what has to be the best place in the country. Who knew Chelsea’s most contentious, most controversial project in recent history could be so pleasant? (Insert knowing wink here.)


We put our bikes on the car and started from the Farm Point skate rink — another new addition looking fresh and inviting. I still miss the steam train dearly, but admittedly this new trail is a major plus for the Gatineau Hills. It’s a boon to families who want to cycle together; seniors who need a flat, even surface for a stroll; walkers and joggers of all ages; dog owners; Chelsea kids who want to visit their friends nearby without having to beg for a car ride from the ‘rents; the list goes on.

Even though it’s still not completed, it’s already very popular.


Maybe it was the deprivation of social interaction, but seeing familiar locals and stopping for a chat with neighbours really felt like a tonic for the soul. Just as advertised, it really is a way for the community to connect. That said, judging by the traffic, there is no doubt that the trail has already – already! – been discovered by visitors. What can