Under the terms of the development agreement for the West Bedford Sub-area 7 Subdivision, gravel trails will be built and connected to an existing trail along Black Duck Brook, offering opportunities for local daily walking activities. The trails will also provide access to the municipally-owned lands surrounding Hobsons Lake and the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lake Wilderness Area. In addition, a trailhead area has been reserved along Brookline Drive.
The municipality is interested in determining how this trailhead might impact how people enter the Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes area. An online survey in early 2021 provided the opportunity for hearing public feedback. The survey closed March 5, 2021. The information gathered from this public engagement will be incorporated into a future report to Regional Council.
A few points of information:
- The trailhead will be located off Brookline Drive. The property is currently privately owned and is not publicly accessible at this time. The municipality will obtain the trailhead parcel as the subdivision is developed. The municipality will be responsible for completing the trailhead, which will be able to accommodate approximately 55 cars, and any amenities. Although not necessarily planned at this time, the parcel will have the capability of accommodating a washroom or drinking fountain.
- The trailhead will be connected to gravel walking trails that are anticipated to be used for daily walking activities. From these gravel trails, there are opportunities to access the greater Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes area. The distance to Hobsons Lake is approximately 800 metres and is uphill.
- Recognizing the possible interest in accessing the greater Blue Mountain-Birch Cove Lakes area, the municipality has planned a trail route to Hobsons Lake. This is envisioned as a backcountry trail that has considered factors such as topography, environmental features, and surrounding developed areas. A broader review of other possible trails is to be the subject of future planning.