From left, Sandy Morozuk, Laura Rushford, Chris Rushford pushing twins Adley and Odin, and Justin Morozuk pushing daughters Hazel and Lyla, enjoyed the opening weekend of Countryside Adventures on Sat., Jan. 20. Sawyer Helmer photo
Kalynn Sawyer Helmer
MOOSE CREEK – Countryside Adventures held their grand opening on the weekend on Sat., Jan. 20. The Moose Creek located property boasts 1.5 kilometres of open ice trails with an additional 1.5 to be frozen and opened in a few weeks.
Owner and operator Nicolas Seguin was inspired by the success of the Gatineau ice trail. Having the land on his own property and owning an excavation and logging company helped keep costs down. Seguin applied to have the property zoning changed in May and was granted approval on Nov. 2. Since then he has been working tirelessly to clear the land and get things up and running. “I’ve been really busy,” he said.
Seguin said he and his employee have been working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, over the last two months. He uses a pulled ice resurfacer to work on the ice and hopes the skating season will run until March Break, weather permitting. Even with some warmer weather the trails can remain open, aside from a few rough spots.
The location offers rentable skates or snowshoes for people who do not skate and night skating is open with the availability of head lamps. “Around hear there is not much to do in the winter, and I had all the land so I decided to give it a try this year and if it works I’ll do even better next year,” explained Seguin.
Countryside Adventures also features a food truck with poutine, homemade beaver tails, soup and warm beverages. The extensive property has a lot of potential and Seguin explained his hopes to offer activities year-round. His zoning application included the approval for the building of multiple small cabins for summer campers. Seguin added he has plans for summer and winter fishing as well.
Countryside Adventures is located at 16495 sixth Rd. Moose Creek and can be found online or on Facebook. Seguin suggested following the Facebook page for the latest updates on opening times and ice conditions.