Sleigh rides, marshmallow roasts make for frosty fun this weekend at Trenton Park

Published on February 13, 2014

TRENTON – The Friends of Trenton Park are gearing up for their annual winter fun day.

Kids of all ages, families and friends are invited to come to the park for a sleigh ride, some hot chocolate and a snowshoe walk through the trails or a bonfire-toasted marshmallow.

Crafts and activities will take place in the pavilion and snacks and drinks will be available for only $1 each. 

“The park attracts a lot of winter users,” said Town of Trenton recreation director and park manager, Martin Bates. “People come daily to snowshoe on the trails, exercise pets and enjoy the frosty air and snow-covered trees. It has a special appeal at this time of year.”

One of the highlights of the day will be the chance to ride on a horse-drawn sleigh through some of one of the province’s oldest protected forests.

“Trenton Park is a true gem,” said Active Pictou County trail co-ordinator Sally O’Neill. “There are over 500 acres of woodland, and more than six kilometres of trails in the park.

O’Neill is particularly excited by one of the newest sections of trail in the park, which constitutes an official section of the Trans-Canada Trail.

“It links the entire country by trail from coast to coast,” said O’Neill. “It’s amazing to think of the scale of it, and to be a part of such a grand thing.”

Snowshoes will be available at the park especially for this event and no previous experience is necessary. Kids and guardians can take a self-directed hike on the trails and maps will be available.

“At the moment it’s gorgeous snowshoe conditions but we’re expecting rain,” said O’Neill. “But the shoes we have have grips on the bottom and it should be a beautiful trek through a snow-covered woodlands.”

The Friends of Trenton Park, a volunteer group that support the park, is putting on the event at one of the largest municipally owned woodland parks in Canada. About a dozen volunteers and staff have been organizing the event.  

“It’s pretty unique,” said O’Neill. “It was at one time farmlands and now contains over 500 acres.”

The event will be held on Feb. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. The storm date will be Feb. 16. For more information, please contact Sally O’Neill, interim recreation programmer, at 752-1019 or

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