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NOTEBOOK: Food truck news; Dogs of Quitters; Snowmobile parking


Posted today on the Wiches Cauldron Facebook page:

“We had no idea when we opened our service window November 11th 2016, that it would be our last service at 1195 Carp Road. We want to thank you all from the bottom of our hearts for all of the love and support we have received over the last 4 seasons. Opening the food truck was such a leap of faith, and we couldn’t have imagined it being as rewarding and successful as it has been. We lost our current spot, but thanks to you we are moving on from the food truck world and looking at locations for a year-round store front shoppe in Stittsville…. onward and up! SO, if we don’t see you in the spring, don’t fret….. there are exciting things coming up!
All our love,
YOUR local ‘Wiches”

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LETTER: Snowmobilers need to stay off my lawn

Earlier this winter I was sitting in my home office which looks North onto West Ridge Drive. I heard a snowmobile so glanced out the window to see the snowmobile (heading south) go through West Ridge Park and then cut across my lawn (as I live on the corner).

As I looked out the window to try to identify the snowmobile (plates) I saw a police car driving North on West Ridge.  So the police passed the snowmobile as the snowmobile was driving on my lawn.

The incidents of snowmobiles driving on our lawn was much greater when we moved in in 2014 but has seemed to drop.  This was the first incident this year.  Hopefully there isn’t another as I have a young son who often plays in the front yard.

Brad Waterman
West Ridge


Parking for snowmobilers proposed for West Ridge

City Councillor Shad Qadri is looking for feedback on a plan to add parking on West Ridge near the Trans Canada Trail to serve snowmobilers:

“This week, I have been speaking with traffic staff in an effort to resolve some of the parking conflicts that occur within this area for vehicles left behind for snowmobilers. This parking concept plan would implement available parking intended for the use of (but not limited to) snowmobilers between Abbott St West and Eliza Crescent (see image above). It is my hopes that this strategy will help to clear some of the parking congestion on Abbott during winter months while still allotting a place for recreational activists to make the most of the snowy weather.

At this point in time, it is important to state that this is a project which is still in the works and would only be implemented pending positive community reception and available funding. As such, I am looking for community feedback as to whether or not such a parking plan would be supported or discouraged by residents in and around the area. I am interested in hearing about your opinion and thoughts to the concept plan and cost, which is currently estimated to be around $80,000. Please email all correspondence to Shad.Qadri@ottawa.ca or post on my Facebook page.”

Snowmobiles are prohibited east of West Ridge, but are allowed heading west.


Snowmobilers warned to use extra caution due to warm weather

(Photo: Snowmobile on Jonathan Pack Street in Stittsville.)

Ottawa Police Service, Ottawa Fire Service and Ottawa Paramedic Service are warning residents to use caution when using snowmobiles this weekend.

Warmer than usual weather this season means that ice has not had the chance to fully solidify. Continue reading


The rules of the road for safe snowmobiling

(Photo: Snowmobile on Jonathan Pack Street in Stittsville.)

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs (OFSC) remind snowmobilers that being compliant with the Motorized Snow Vehicles Act (MSVA) and being properly trained are key contributors to their safety, peace of mind and enjoyment while sledding this winter. Continue reading


Police RIDE program out on the Trans Canada Trail last night

The Ottawa Police R.I.D.E. program was out on the Trans Canada Trail near Stittsville last night, looking for impaired snowmobile drivers.

Tony Hagan of the Ottawa Police tells StittsvilleCentral.ca that it was a quiet night. Four roadside breath tests were administered but all came back negative with zero alcohol registered.

Eight tickets were issued, all in relation to licensing and documents as required under the Motorized Snow Vehicle Act according to Hagan.


LETTER: A snowmobiler’s perspective

Re: Police say enforcing snowmobile rules on Trans Canada Trail is a challenge

I understand the ban on the Trans Canada Trail, as there are signs that say you’re not allowed snowmobiles on it. The only option snowmobilers have to get to the real snowmobile trails which starts off of West Ridge is to take the TCT.

Although it is not allowed, I believe it is much safer on the trail than driving on the side of Abbott, one of Stittsville’s busiest streets. Snowmobilers technically aren’t allowed on public roads, but it is generally accepted if they are on route to a trail.

Lots of people use the portion of the banned trail to walk their dogs, or get to school, so I understand the worry many citizens have about having snowmobiles occupying the same trail as them. However, this portion of the TCT is not plowed or maintained, and snowmobile tracks make it easy to walk on for those who use it.

Snowmobilers have a hard time with a lot of things. Snowmobile trails around Stittsville towards Ashton, Carp, Almonte and Arnprior, use private property with permission from the land owner, and a few immature riders can ruin it for the rest of us. In the past few years, many trails have been re-routed or closed due to property owners being unpleased with snowmobilers. Immature actions include using loud exhausts, littering, and driving off of the groomed portion of the trail.

Like anything, it comes down to respect. When I pass a dog walker or cross country skier, usually on the real trail away from West Ridge, I slow down and move to the side, safely passing the person. Riders who drive on soccer fields and drive fast or loud machines on the banned portion of the trail ruin the image of the majority of responsible riders.

Another comment I have concerns where the real trail starts, which is between West Ridge and Jenkinson road, along the TCT. This is a real snowmobile trail, and riders pay expensive yearly trail passes to maintain trails, including this portion, which includes grooming the trail, and running a “limb cutter” which cuts tree branches that grow into the trail. On this portion, which is a real trail, I have still have skiers and dog walkers get mad at me for riding along it, yet I am sure they don’t know that myself and other snowmobilers are the ones actually spending money which makes that portion of the trail so enjoyable for those activities.

A good example of a dog walker would see a snowmobile coming, grab the dog and stand off to the side of the trail, which is responsible and safe. People using this portion of the trail should wear reflective clothing, because it is sometimes hard to see them. This is my example of playing devils advocate.

Overall, myself and many other Stittsville residents love snowmobiling during the winter months. We bring a lot of revenue to places that would otherwise not receive it, especially in northern parts of Ontario. A great local example of this is the Aston Pub, you would be hard pressed to pass the restaurant during the winter and not see several snowmobiles parked outside.

When my father and I go snowmobiling up north, around the areas of Deep River, Chalk River and Mattawa, we make sure to buy our gas there to support the local economy. I am enjoying your coverage of my favourite winter pastime, and encourage you to broaden your articles on snowmobiling to include other aspects of the sport.

My suggestions would be the snowmobile license procedure – individuals as old as 12 can take a course which allows them to operate a snowmobile, which is what I did before I had a G license. Maybe this could encourage some interested people into trying or getting involved with snowmobiling.

Kyle Wilson, Stittsville


Police say enforcing snowmobile rules on Trans Canada Trail is a challenge

Ottawa Police do monitor the Trans Canada Trail for illegal snowmobiles, but they say enforcement of the rules is a challenge.

Reader Patrick Publow recently contacted us about his concerns with snowmobiles on the Trans Canada Trail. They’re not permitted on the trail, and city councillor Shad Qadri recently asked residents to report any sightings to the police.

“The snowmobilers don’t affect me personally as I don’t live on the trail,” wrote Publow in an email to StittsvilleCentral.ca. “In our previous home, they used to ride across our lawn parallel to the street.  And there were always snow mobile tracks on the paths in Bell Park which made me nervous walking there in the winter time with our dog.  So I do find it irritating the way they flaunt the laws and potentially people’s safety. ”

Publow noted that snowmobilers are able to easily access the trail eastward off West Ridge because they can just drive around the small bar/gate at the entrance. Continue reading


Snowmobiles not permitted on Trans Canada Trail, says Qadri

Shad Qadri shared this note in his weekly newsletter:

Recently, residents have expressed concerns regarding the use of motorized vehicles on the Trans Canada Trail. Please note that motorized vehicles including snow mobiles are not allowed on the Trail from Terry Fox Drive to West Ridge Drive.

Please be aware that in this section of the trail it is illegal to drive any motorized vehicle including snowmobiles, pocket motorcycles and ATV’s on the Trail. Many residents use this beautiful trail as a walking path so not only does using a motorized vehicle here pose an extreme safety issue with the vehicles themselves, it also poses danger to civilians and can cause damage to the walking path. Snowmobiles are allowed to use the Trans Canada Trail west of West Ridge Drive.

If you witness anyone driving a motorized vehicle on the Trans Canada Trail, please do not hesitate to contact Ottawa Police at 613-236-1222 ext. 7300 immediately. If you can note any details such as make/colour/license plate of the machine this will help Police. Also, please ensure you inform my office about any incident of concern.