Friends of OVRT support the following statements:

  • A non-motorized recreational trail will be of the greatest economic, environmental, social and health benefit to the communities of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills
  • ATVs and snowmobiles already have local infrastructure and use of the roadways. County and its municipalities should not feel compelled to develop more trails or a portion of the OVRT for motorized uses.
  • To maximize the trail’s future tourism and economic potential, the trail needs to be developed and promoted in Ottawa as a safe and accessible experience for families, cyclists, walkers and local community uses.

Thank you to all our Supporters and to those sending their comments and feedback directly to County. If you can not attend an upcoming County Open House, you can submit your comments about the trail directly to ovrt@lanarkcounty.ca . These formal comments will find their way into a final report and are integral to County's public process. Comments/lobbying to County Councillors can be made directly by phone or email and the contact info is here: https://lanarkcounty.civicweb.net/Portal/Welcome.aspx 

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ADHS School Council

"There are approximately 550 students currently enrolled at ADHS, 28% of which walk to school every day and some of whom choose to walk even though they are eligible for bus transportation.  A non-motorized and convenient trail to/from the school and other areas of Almonte would have a direct positive impact on most of those people by giving them another option for getting around without competing with vehicular traffic."

Mississippi Valley Ski Club, serving Mississippi Mills & Carleton Place

"In practice, snowmobiles will dissuade skiers from using the trail; four-wheelers will discourage cyclists and others."

Bridge Generations Committee, Pakenham

"In Pakenhamthe old railroad bed is situated in an ideal location for local recreation users. It runs perpendicular to the main street and many of the homes in the hamlet. It runs parallel to the Five Arches non-profit housing apartment building and crosses the highway by bridge thus providing access over the highway to the parks, beach, library, school etc. It can provide an extension of the current short trails while avoiding the back streets that have no sidewalks..."

LSCC 18 Thoburn Mill Condominium Board

Thoburn Mill writes to County asking for non-motorized rail trail. "There is a case to be made: if homeowners are  successful in appealing their MPAC assessments and receive up to 18% reduction for Thoburn Mill and the Flour Mill properties  and other valuable properties adjacent to the proposed trail,  this could significantly adversely affect tax revenues for  Mississippi Mills and Lanark County."

Mississippi Mills Bicycle Movement

Mississippi Mills strives to be as bicycle-friendly as possible. mmbm.ca This organization supports the core beliefs of the Friends of OVRT. 

· A non-motorized recreational trail is of the greatest economic and social benefit to the communities of Carleton Place and Mississippi Mills. 

· ATVs and snowmobiles currently have local infrastructure and use of roadways. The County and its municipalities should not feel compelled to build this portion of the trail for motorized uses. 

· To maximize the trail’s future tourism and economic potential, it needs to be developed and promoted in Ottawa (and beyond) as a safe experience for families, cyclists, walkers and local community uses.

Rusty Spokes

"I am the coordinator of three Seniors groups: The Rusty Spokes, a recreational bicycling group; The Silver Blades, an ice-skating group; and the Trail Blazers, a Cross-Country ski group. It has been our experience to avoid trails where motorized equipment is permitted for several reasons...