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Help us fund Ottawa's SJAM Winter Trail project!
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We need community donations to groom and maintain a permanent winter trail in the heart of Ottawa, along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway!
- 16 km of professionally-groomed trails.
- Public and free for all to use!
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We are a growing coalition of community associations, winter sports enthusiasts, and local leaders - managed by Head Groomer Dave Adams with the help of the not-for-profit Dovercourt Recreation Association.

With your tax deductible donation, we can make this a reality:

Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Parkway Winter Trail

  • 16 km trail network that extends along 6 km of beautiful Ottawa River shoreline.
    • From: Canadian War Museum in the East.
    • To: Dominion Station in the West.
    • Along the way: Westboro Beach, Island Park, Champlain Park forest trails, Remic Park, Lemieux Island crossing, Prince of Wales train bridge. 
  • All winter long: 3-4 grooming sessions a week from first snow to spring melt.
  • Professional standard: main trails will feature parallel machine-groomed classic ski tracks with firm-packed "cordouroy" centre.
  • Multi-use: suitable for skiing skate-skiing, walking, running, fat-tire cycling.
  • Side trails: Smaller trails will snake through scenic parks and forests, and connect the trail with side trails, access points, and transit.
  • FREE for the public to use! No permits required. Just strap on your skis and go!
  • We've already done it! Our February 2016 pilot project was a runaway hit; we counted 216 trail users in just one hour! 
  • We've got permission to do it again! The National Capital Commission has given us the go-ahead and support needed for us to use their land for at least the next 3-5 years!  

But the bottom line? We need you! 

To make this happen, we have to show solid community backing for the project. Which means at least 1/3 of our costs have to be covered by fund-raising campaigns like this one - with the rest coming from sponsors, grants, and government.

Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation: will help us buy, maintain, and fuel our grooming machine, and pay our trail groomer for the first season. 

Then, if we do very well, your funds will begin to cover the next few years as well.

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