Welcome Centre Opening & Hygge Tree Event, June 24

  • Start date:
    June 24, 2017, 10:00 am
  • End date:
    June 24, 2017, 2:00 pm
  • Venue:
    High Lonesome Nature Reserve
  • Place:
    867 Carbine Rd.

Former garage was used for storage

Join us for the grand opening of the new Welcome Centre at High Lonesome Nature Reserve on Saturday, June 24th.   The gate will open at 10:00 a.m. and the ceremony starts at 10:30 sharp.  With the help of many hands, the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust has now completed the renovation of an existing garage into a Welcome Centre. The building has been extended on two sides to create covered gazebos, providing shelter for the map of trails on the property, a bulletin board and brochure racks. Inside there are basic furnishings and storage space for staff and volunteers.  New windows will provide good natural light.  A new garage door slides up to provide more space during events.

We are so fortunate to have had such generous community minded individuals to make this project a reality. Paul Kealey of EkoBuilt providing the project management and many work hours, with able assistance from Michael Neelin of Riversong Design.  Terry Steeves developed the original design, with details by Amelia Ah You, and John R. MacIntyre of Arnprior provided essential engineering support. Volunteers George Fisher and MMLT board members dedicated the many days essential to the successful completion of the centre.

This project was made possible with funding from Mountain Equipment Co-op.  Materials for a new double privy have been donated by the Almonte and Pakenham Civitan Clubs, which has been built across the trail from the Welcome Centre.

The old red oak tree at High Lonesome Nature ReserveThe opening ceremony will be followed by a Hygge Tree outing.  Admission for this part of the day is a $10 donation to MMLT.  Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is a Danish word expressing a feeling of contentment and connection, exactly what one feels when surrounded by trees whispering softly in the wind.  Visitors will be invited to become one with nature as they consider the distinct personalities of different tree species along the trails, to learn more about them and their connections within the natural world and with people.  Every tree is different. Trees are not just amorphous masses of carbon-sinking habitat for animals but rather individual species with interesting evolutionary histories, quirky adaptations and unique characteristics. Which is your treemate, the one that most gives you that Hygge feeling?  For example, consider the stately oak tree, beloved by wildlife in the fall.  Often called the Thunder Tree because it’s so often hit by lightning, it was also considered sacred to many early cultures. It is characterized by its robust nature and is courageous, strong, unrelenting, independent and sensible, does not like change, and keeps its feet firmly in the ground.  Or is it the birch tree with its useful, impermeable bark?  Because of its beauty it was considered magical in northern Europe and was used in many pagan rituals.  You could say it is ambitiously reaching for more, seeking better horizons and obtaining higher aspirations.  Activities appropriate to each tree will be offered to add to the experience.  You may never look at trees the same way again!

High Lonesome is located at 867 Carbine Rd. in Pakenham.  Take County Road 29 to Pakenham Village, turn on Waba Road and continue west for 2.9 km.  Turn left on Barr Side Road and travel for 1.6 km.  Take the first left at Carbine Road and drive 4 km to 867 Carbine Road.