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Trail Permits for Club #1

06:00 AM - Oct 21, 2020

Wednesday, Oct 21st, Club #1
      We had a little set back in our mail-out. Our source of this project has passed this on to another supporter. So anyone waiting for this could have another two or more weeks of waiting. This task is monumental so we are asking for your patience here.
      On another note as you all know, our trail permits are on sale right now at Service NB. For all our New Brunswick members this is the only way to purchase your permits. All other Maritimers can do the same, but we offer you some options for buying your “Early Bird Permit” up until Dec 15th and here they are: 1. You can download our form from our “Permit Page” on our website 2. For your convenience we have outlets in PEI and Nova Scotia where you can directly buy your early bird permit and they are: Winslow, PEI at Toymaster and in Dartmouth, NS at Full Throttle Power Sports as well as West Pubnico at the Petro Canada Service Center. (Note: PEI already has theirs and Nova Scotia will have their permits shortly, I will let you know). 3. You can email me at info@bathursttrails.com and I’ll mail our form to you direct if you have trouble downloading on option 1. You still have lots of time to purchase your “Early Bird”. 


We will be Grooming this Winter

06:00 AM - Oct 20, 2020

Tuesday, Oct 20th, Club #1  
      We are anticipating a busy season on our trails this coming season, despite the current corona virus. Our Nepisiguit lodge and all others in the Nepisiguit loop will be open. The shelters have been closed by order of the NBFSC, because there will be no first hand maintenance of the COV-19. All of our shelters have been stocked with firewood and will remain UNLOCKED.
       Our Club #1 mail-outs to all of our members will be completed by the end of this week. We will be running our three groomers this year including our brand new groomer from Lamtrac. We have all our groomer operators lined up for the coming season and we have been continuously been working on trail upgrades. The firewood has been piled at our lodge for the upcoming season. Thanks to Denis White, Blake Sealy,  Kevin Veinotte and myself to get this done. Bill Kenny has mowed down the yard around our lodge as well. Thanks Bill!! I hope this dispels any rumor contrary to the above. 
      Of course, if you have been following our post we are replacing all our fund raisers this coming season with a 50-50 draw. Please read previous posts for all the details.  


Update on Lottery

06:00 AM - Oct 19, 2020

Update on Lottery for Club #1, Monday Oct 19
      Locations for our lottery ticket sales; see below. We will be releasing our access to purchasing our lottery tickets On-Line this week. It will be very simple to do and it is targeted to our out of Bathurst purchasers for their convenience. A note on the lottery is that the response (with just a few days in) is exceptional and we are deeply grateful for your support as we are unable to fund raise through our normal means as we’ve been doing so since our inception. Our fund raisin normally took in about $45,000 each year to subsidize our grooming, so this is our prime reason for the 50-50 lottery. I thank you for reading past entries for more detail.  P.S. Mail out should occur by the end of this week.

Kerr's Chainsaw Ltd. Bradley Kerr

City Center. Claude Doucet

West End Sports. Guy Hache

Brunswick Powersports. Yves Mazerolle

Patterson Sales. Chris Young / Andrew Carroll

3-Step Contracting. Marc Poirier

Theriault's Groceries. Jennifer Tardif

Glendenning’s Convenience  

Eugene Frenette

Mike Skerry

David Carroll

Don Kenny alankenn@nbnet.nb.ca

Dave Brewster


Lottery Update: Locations for purchase.

06:00 AM - Oct 15, 2020

Update on Lottery for Club #1, Thursday Oct 15
Here are some locations for our lottery ticket sales. We are always deeply indebted to our
local business’ for their support and here is another example. 
You can also help: For each ten tickets sold by an individual, that person’s name would go into a draw for a free trail permit for the 2021-22 snowmobile season. There will be two such prizes which will be drawn after the lottery

Kerr's Chainsaw Ltd. Bradley Kerr

City Center. Claude Doucet

West End Sports. Guy Hache

Brunswick Powersports. Yves Mazerolle

Patterson Sales. Chris Young / Andrew Carroll

3-Step Contracting. Marc Poirier

Theriault's Groceries. Jennifer Tardif

Eugene Frenette

Mike Skerry

David Carroll

Don Kenny

Dave Brewster


Lottery Tickets are Available & About the Lottery

06:00 AM - Oct 13, 2020

Update on Lottery for Club #1, Tuesday Oct 13
       Our club has formally put together a committee on administering our lottery. We have member David Carroll as chairperson along with Mile Skerry and Marco Leblanc as co chairpersons along with Dave Brewster, correspondence and Don Kenny, secretary. 
       David will be distributing books of these tickets to local members and some relevant business’s. Those wishing to seriously sell some of these tickets, you can do so by calling David at 547-5045. Mike and Marco will also be selling as well as Don and Dave. 
     It was suggested and all agreed that we would give a prize for tickets physically sold by an individual in this format: For each ten tickets sold by an individual, that person’s name would go into a draw for a free trail permit for the 2021-22 snowmobile season. There will be two such prizes which will be drawn after the lottery. 
    The above was the basics covered in the meeting and it was agreed that our physical distribution of tickets will not take place until Tuesday, Oct 13 at which time we will be advertising on the Bathurst Trails website http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/conditions and also their Facebook page Nepisiguit Lodge https://www.facebook.com/BathurstTrails . We also may be hitting the radio waves with an ad. Mike will help us on this. Don Kenny, Cell 480-9379 home 548-8241 email alankenn@nbnet.nb.ca 
        Tickets will be available ON-LINE on the Bathurst Trails website before Nov 1st

About the lottery
      
The Nepisiguit Sport lodge Snowmobile Club is asking all members and industry participants to support this new lottery fund raiser. This lottery will replace our fund raising suppers held at the lodge on Wednesdays throughout the winter. The suppers are on hold for 2021 until the Covid 19 Virus regulations change to allow full attendance inside our Lodge. The Lodge will remain open this winter for regular service under COVID 19 GUIDELINES.
Where do Funds go? 
      
With the huge amount of grooming we do each year we have relied on fund raisers to subsidize our grooming and trail maintenance costs. We groom well over 2,000 hours each year, which is the highest by far in the province. These fundraisers were in the form of our famous Wednesday Night Suppers, two other events such as the Famous Danny Burger Run & our Wings & Mussels Fest and lastly our lodge Sponsored Signage & Web Site Ads. These events bring in a total of $45,000.00. 
      Our lodge also is a major fund raiser as well with all profits from that operation going into trail grooming as well and this is an unknown factor that we can’t predict as we will have business as usual, but limited to social distancing. We are assuming at this time that this will affect our bottom line here as well. 
The price per ticket
      
Considering the above factors the club has decided that the only way that we can replace these fund raisers is by having a lottery. Here are some details on the lottery:
      We are planning on selling 1000 tickets at $100 per ticket and we feel that with over 1400 member this would not be a hard sell plus the fact that we will be selling to the local public as we have a very loyal base here in the vicinity of Bathurst.
The prize structure 
      
The prize structure will be on a 50 – 50 draw with the winning tickets getting the full 50% in cash only and the second 50% to the club which will include all expenses such as ticket printing plus advertising. We decided there will be cash prizes only due to the fact that our corporate sponsors are going through the same dilemma. 
The draw date 
       The draw will be made on February 14th 2021 at Bathurst City Hall or the KC Irving Center. The prizes will be prorated in the event all 1000 tickets are not sold maintaining a 50/50 split.
     


Lottery & Trails Update

07:00 AM - Oct 9, 2020

Friday, Oct 9th, Club #1  
    We’ve had a couple of meetings on our club lottery (see our Oct 2nd entry for details) and are getting closer on getting set up for ticket distribution, both by physical means and by this website. Please stay tuned daily for updates on purchasing. 
     On another note the club is remaining busy on the trail preparation for this coming season and we have some good news pending on different sections of trail, one of which is the Trail 19 & 23 East of Bathurst near the Key Anacon Road or Highway 360. We have a mining company Osisko Metals Incorporated that are doing exploration work through the winter in the area of a section of trail along this highway. We have been in constant meetings with them in rerouting a section of 2 Km of trail in this vicinity. Through talks and negotiations they we going to move the trail, which is going to be a big improvement over what we have now. That section of trail will be moved out of the ditch and into the woods and run parallel to the highway 360 for about 2 Km and will intersect Trail 23 to Allardville /Tracadie at a new location. We are extremely happy about this and it will greatly improve this trail. Osisko is bearing the cost of this and we are deeply grateful to them. I might add that the work they are doing is extremely positive for Bathurst and could potentially be a big economic boom for the North Shore area. 


LODGE WILL BE OPEN THIS SNOWMOBILE SEASON

11:35 AM - Oct 4, 2020

Sunday, Oct 4th, Club #1

    I’m not sure where these rumors start, but maybe by someone who just likes to listen to themselves talk. THE NEPISIGUIT LODGE WILL BE OPEN FOR THIS COMING SEASON. PLUS READ PREVIOUS ENTRY.


LOTTERY for CLUB #1

06:00 AM - Oct 2, 2020

          Given our current state with the Corona Virus this surely is going to be a difference maker in the operations of Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club #1. We can’t sit idly by and wait until it is too late to take action, so as stated in our August 25th entry the executive is being pro active in preparing for the coming season. 
          With the huge amount of grooming we do each year we have relied on fund raisers to subsidize our grooming and trail maintenance costs. We groom well over 2,000 hours each year, which is the highest by far in the province. These fundraisers were in the form of our famous Wednesday Night Suppers, two other events such as the Famous Danny Burger Run & our Wings & Mussels Fest. These events bring in a total of $45,000.00. 
         Our lodge also is a major fund raiser as well with all profits from that operation going into trail grooming as well and this is an unknown factor that we can’t predict as we will have business as usual, but limited to social distancing. We are assuming at this time that this will affect our bottom line here as well.           Considering the above factors the club has decided that the only way that we can replace these fund raisers is by having a lottery. Here are some details on the lottery: We are planning on selling 1000 tickets at $100 per ticket and we feel that with over 1400 members this would not be a hard sell plus the fact that we will be selling to the local public as we have a very loyal base here in the vicinity of Bathurst. The prize structure will be on a 50 – 50 draw with the winning tickets getting the full 50% in cash only and the second 50% to the club which will include all expenses such as ticket printing plus advertising. We decided there will be cash prizes only due to the fact that our corporate sponsors are going through the same dilemma. We would ask all members who use the trail system to support this fund raiser but particularly those who use the system substantially through the season. This will ensure we can continue to provide a first class trail system for everyone in 2021. 
        The draw will be prorated in case we don’t get to sell the 1000 tickets and if we sell them all before the closing date of February 14 on which date we will be making the draw at Bathurst City Hall. Judging by the response from members we should have no trouble selling these tickets. The tickets will be available on line through our web site and also in person by designated persons by November 1st  
         Prize structure: First Place $25000, Second Place $10,000, Third Place $5,000, Fourth to Sixth place $1000, Seventh to Twelfth Place $500, Thirteenth to Twentieth $300, Twenty first to Thirty Sixth $100. 



Shelter Closures across New Brunswick

08:00 PM - Oct 1, 2020

Thursday, Sept 1st, Club #1 
The NBFSC would like to announce that all NBFSC-Club Trail Shelters will remain closed for the 2020-2021 season. The volunteers who are the owners /operators of these facilities are unable to comply with responsibilities in New Brunswick’s COVID-19 Operational Plan. Trail Shelters will be opened after Covid-19 restrictions in place are lifted.
La FCMNB veut annoncer que tous les abris de sentiers des clubs de la FCMNB vont rester fermés pour la saison 2020-2021. Les bénévoles qui sont les propriétaires/opérateurs de ces installations ne sont pas capables de se conformer aux responsabilités du Plan opérationnel pour la COVID-19 du Nouveau-Brunswick. Les abris de sentiers seront ouverts après la levée des restrictions mises en place pour la Covid-19. 
Lisa MacDougall 
Administrative Assistant 
The New Brunswick Federation of Snowmobile Clubs Inc. 
A Volunteer Organization 
Phone: 506-325-2625 
Fax: 506-325-2627 
www.nbfsc.com 

This message caught us off guard as we were in the midst of prepping all our shelters. We have no alternative than to abide by the rules so we will be putting up the appropriate closure signs when we get them.
Our Shelter Director Tyler Mullins Message 
 - Covid and how it will affect our shelters:
    The federation announced today that we will need to close our shelters for the duration of covid regulations.
    We will be posting signs given to us by the federation on each of our shelters announcing official closure of shelters, but the doors will remain unlocked to avoid damage to our buildings and a warm, safe place to land if anyone runs into issues while out enjoying our beautiful trails.
     We will be ensuring that we have adequate wood for the winter at all shelters in our system in case of emergency or (optimistically) the covid regulations get lifted. 
    On that note, we will be looking for assistance and volunteers to help split and pile another big load of wood donated to us by fornebu lumber and delivered by jean marc cormier.
    Stay positive and stay safe, people. We will be out enjoying our sleds sooner then later! Tyler Mullin 


Trail Permits for Club #1

09:00 AM - Sep 17, 2020

Thursday, Sept 17th, Club #1  
    The NBFSC would like to announce that the 2021 Trail permits will be on sale as of October 13th, 2020 at all Service NB locations. Prices are the same as the 2020 winter season. Trail Permits will not be sold at the Woodstock Office this autumn-winter due to Covid-19 restrictions in place. 

       For our NB members the 2021 trail permits will be available at Service NB and remember for people wanting to sign up for our Club #1, Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club just make sure you designate Club #1 on your permit. We urge the slogan “Buy Where You Ride”. 
        For our members from Nova Scotia & PEI on Oct 25 or later you can pick up your permits at http://www.fullthrottlepowersports.net/ at their location; 399 Cutler Ave in Dartmouth plus and also in the Yarmouth area at the Petro Canada Service Center in West Pubnico; also from PEI you can pick them up at Toymaster in Winslow http://www.toymaster.ca/listings.php?nu=2&type=28 .         OR for all other out of province members or want to be members you can use the application form mailed to you (in progress) or download the form in the “permits” section of our web site on line 2. http://www.bathursttrails.com/en/documents (save $15; the mailing fee by doing so with our club). Substantial savings for everyone by signing up before the “Early Bird Date” of Dec 15. 


Club #1 Fund Raising

03:00 PM - Aug 25, 2020

Tuesday, Aug 25th, Club #1  
       Given our current state with the Corona Virus this surely is going to be a difference maker in the operations of Nepisiguit Sports Lodge Snowmobile Club #1. We can’t sit idly by and wait until it is too late to take action, so the executive is being pro active in preparing for the coming season. 
       With the huge amount of grooming we do each year we have relied on fund raisers to subsidize our grooming and trail maintenance costs. We groom well over 2,000 hours each year, which is the highest by far in the province. These fundraisers were in the form of our famous Wednesday Night Suppers, two other events such as the Famous Danny Burger Run & our Wings & Mussels Fest and lastly our lodge Sponsored Signage & Web Site Ads. These events bring in a total of $45,000.00. 
     SO, we had an exec meeting this morning regarding fund raising for the upcoming season. We have an initial plan laid out with some refinements required. We would like you to stay tuned on what is coming.       


Trail Inspections

07:00 AM - Jul 16, 2020

Thursday, July 16th, Club #1  
     We started a few trail checks on Wed Jul 15. It was mainly investigating bridges and culvert washouts. In the coming months we’ll be looking at repairs to water crossings and of course trail brushing, signage and Shelters. 
    We are not looking at installing the shelter at Popple Depot his coming winter due to the fact that Governors will be open and the shelter was too close to that facility. 


Two Days Left. If you're Sledding, Take your snacks.

05:40 AM - Mar 21, 2020

Saturday, Mar 21st, Club #1
     That was a long day yesterday with a lot of banter going back and forth with trying to explain the fact of this CO 19 crisis is the reason why the NBFSC shutting down the trail system. As everyone knows by now Sunday midnight the NBFSC is closing down the trails and also the grooming. We will be moving the groomers back to the shop tonight. The Nepisiguit Lodge is still in the close down mode and that will be happening through Sunday when we will close our doors for the season. 
     Take this for what it is worth; the trails are in excellent shape and will remain so for weeks even without grooming. I’ve been told that the private clubs will be selling gas as long as the snow lasts, but no other amenities and they are Rogers Lake, Governors and Serpentine. Even though the trails are shut down the NBFSC has lease rights until April 15th and no other vehicles are legally allowed on these trails.  
    I was a bit curious about all of grooming termination dates as I have records going back as far as 2005 and the average runs around April 4th to 5th and in a lot of cases we would only have one groomer running just to touch up here and there. The earliest was in 2012 when we went from winter to summer in two days March 19 and 20 when the temperatures reached 28 degrees centigrade. Now as I also reflect back there were many years where sledding continued well after April 15th. 


We'll Be above Water after Tonight

05:00 AM - Jan 30, 2020

Thursday, Jan 30th, Club #1
    Good morning to you from Bathurst. I’m feeling a little better this morning as we’re starting to see some daylight with our groomer problems. Ron worked on the #3 yesterday and had it back on the trail last evening. The #2 should be floated to Bathurst sometime tonight and put to work ASAP once hooked back up to the drag where it was left on the side of the trail for the past 2 & 1 / 2 weeks. The #1 will be out this morning on the California Loop out of Rogers Lake plus trail 22 up to the 22/301 intersection. The #3 did down to Bass River and back to Nepisiguit on Trail 19 and not sure on he plan for the remainder. 
     I was up to the lodge last night and had good reports from sledders on all the trails. We know we could use more snow in areas of 19 from the Nepisiguit Lodge and Bathurst on both the East and West legs of Trail 19. We’ll keep doing our best with what we got to work with in those areas, so just bear with us until we get more snow. These sections rate between 6 & 8. 
     I will report on the supper later, but for now it was a complete success. I will not be answering any questions today as I had an invitation to go sledding today with a good friend. We’re headed up to see Alyre. My first run this year.  


Stay on the right side, especially in corners.

11:00 AM - Jan 21, 2020

Safety Message    Stay on the right side, especially in corners.
      80 to 90 % of our trails are of the wide variety here at Nepisiguit (20ft), but there are areas that are not so wide. In this day and age with so many riders on the trails, we still have people taking corners on the opposite side of the trail. I’m sure everyone out there has experienced this, with many experiencing near misses. One has to realize that you have to slow down making turns, because your sled does drift, some more than others and yes there are other people using the trails other than yourself. 
    Of course there are the strait stretches and in a lot of cases they are up to 25ft wide and more. You still see people running right down the center of the trail, snow dust and all. Think of the person that is coming from the other direction dealing with your snow dust and meeting your buddy following your tracks with his sheep mobile down the center of the trail. I’m going to spell it out for you: 

 S T A Y O N Y O U R S I D E


Grooming plus warnings about riding on non designated trails

05:10 AM - Jan 4, 2017

    -3 in Bathurst at post. Snow turning to rain today. Yesterday the #1 was up to Serpentine from Rogers Lake (trail 23). 21 hour run. On the way back it did the Dry Gulch 506 road. The #2 is very close to a fix and if there is, then both groomers will wait until this snow dries out a bit.
     Just a warning to all snowmobilers wandering off groomed trails on private property: if we abuse our privilege we could lose a very important section of Trail 19 from Atlantic Host going East. Another contentious area is in Gloucester Junction Near East Bathurst, which is again on 19 East. Some sledders are jumping the trail onto the CNR rail bed. We’ve already been warned by the CNR in past years. If we lose this section of trail, then all the work that was done between that area and Route 360 will all be for not, thus cutting access to East Bathurst plus the Peninsula. This no laughing matter if we want snowmobiling to continue here in Bathurst. 


Final Safety Message

11:00 AM - Dec 29, 2016

 Final Safety Message #5
   Summary: I hope that the safety messages over the last few days have shed some light to those who drive with reckless abandon on our snowmobile trails. There is much more I could have stressed on, but wanted to point out the messages that were closer to the life threatening; speed, stay on your side, parking on trail,  hand signals. If you haven’t read them, just scroll down and do so. Remember, it is rider responsibility, take your time & read these Red signs as they are posted throughout the province. Our trails are not perfect and not engineered. They are maintained by a volunteer organization. All the messages are meaningless if we don’t use some common sense in riding our sleds. One rule of thought; Put your mind in gear before you put your body in motion. 


Hand Signals Make Trails Safer

11:00 AM - Dec 28, 2016

Safety Message #14  Hand signals make the trail safer, BUT if you feel that you are jeopardising your own safety with the use of hand signals then by all means use your discretion to signal.

Communication is an important part of staying safe, having fun and sharing the trails responsibly. Make sure you know and use these signals every time you go out.
RIGHT TURN
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical with palm of hand flat.
LEFT TURN
Left arm extended straight out from shoulder and pointing in the direction of the turn.
SLOWING
Left arm extended out and down from the side of the body with a downward flapping motion of hand to signal warning or caution.
STOP
Arm raised from the shoulder and extended straight up over the head with palm of hand flat. In some jurisdictions, the STOP signal may be indicated using the right arm, since the left hand is used for braking. Snowmobiles should watch out for and be prepared to stop for either signal.
ONCOMING SLEDS
Left arm raised at shoulder height, elbow bent and forearm vertical, wrist bent, move arm from left to right over head, pointing to right side of trail. 
SLEDS FOLLOWING
Left arm raised, elbow bent, with thumb pointing backward, in hitchhiking motion, move arm forward to backward over your shoulder. 
LAST SLED IN LINE
Raise forearm from handle bar and show clenched fist at shoulder height. 

Parking on the trail.

11:00 AM - Dec 26, 2016

Safety Message #2  Parking on the trail.       It sounds so minor, but can be so deadly if you don’t take these simple rules seriously. If you have reason to stop, whether it is for a rest break, sled problems, or you just stopped to give someone a hand, etc, etc. then, pick a place where it is safe; a strait stretch where it provides good visibility for on coming sleds, never on a corner, a blind hill, a narrow piece of trail and I’m sure there are more. Get your sled completely off the trail or at least one ski off in the snow. Step off the machine on the right side to ensure your own safety. Stay out of the way of oncoming traffic. Parking two abreast is definitely a no-no. I for one don’t profess that I’ve never broken these rules, but these simple rules can save a lot of heartache and misery. I’m just asking you to think about this the next time you stop on the trails. Thank You for reading this.

Nepisiguit Club #1

The Nepisiguit Snowmobile  club #1, which is the oldest snowmobile club in the province, has the largest membership in New Brunswick with 949 registered last season (826 for 15/16),  (849 for 14/15), (794 for 13/14), (809 for 12/14), (765 for 11/12), (579 for 07/08) with a strong Nova Scotia and PEI contingent and maintains a trail system about 400 Kilometers in length. The club started in 69/70 with one small groomer with membership fees of $10 and groomed  about 175 Km in the area between Brunswick Mines (Old Theriault Rd), Highway 430 (Nine Mile East Rd), and the now Caribou Mines.

Trails were designated and signed by such names as Caribou, Bear, Fox, Rabbit and Beaver. Log shelters were built along the trails and were also designated with animal names. One unique feature at the beginning was that all traffic was in one direction. It made for safer trails as the drags were only so wide. The trails were made in a series of 5 loops and one could vary their trip in any combination of loops as they so wished. We only use a small percentage of these trails today in our present system< namely: Nine Mile East, Nine Mile North, Rio, and the Forty Four. As time progressed  the trails expanded closer to Nepisiguit Falls where the Bathurst Fish and Game Ass. had built a lodge which is currently the Nepisiguit Sports Lodge. Then it progressed into Bathurst to the Atlantic Host Motor Inn.  Then the trail system blew up into the Chaleur area ( we were all one club back then) and down to the Miramichi to the Belfont area where there was a thriving club house.

Of course everything was dependent on the volunteer. Some of the founders were Howard Doucet , Bud Kenny, John Labonville  and there were a few more, plus loads of volunteers.  
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