The 5Winds board has decided to suspend all in-person outings for the 2020/2021 ski/snowshoe season. This policy will be reassessed at the 2021 AGM. Membership fees have been reduced for the coming year to $30 from $45.
The Five Winds Backcountry Ski Club is a four-season outdoor club. During the winter months, we enjoy cross country skiing on marked, ungroomed wilderness trails, off-trail snowshoeing and winter camping. Post COVID, each Sunday, from January to the end of March, a luxury coach will take us to different areas of our trail system. During the spring, summer and fall, we enjoy activities such as hiking, backpacking, trail clearing, and camping. Read more...
Gibson River/McCrae Lake -- ACCESS HAS NOW BEEN RESTRICTED -- and why this has come about
The trails around the Gibson River and McCrae Lake have been in existence for close to 60 years and have been enjoyed by many outdoor enthusiasts with its pristine environment , but over the last few years (and McCrae over a longer period of time), these areas have seen significant overuse, total disregard on where people park restricting or slowing access for emergency vehicles, garbage, property damage, increased calls to emergency personnel by lost hikers/campers (these are wilderness areas--no "You Are Here" signs; no one picks up your garbage at campsites, along trails or parking areas; there are no outdoor facilities), cutting down of live trees, unauthorized trails and uses, setting up campsites wherever people feel like it (There are designated campsites around McCrae Lake, many with thunder boxes, and only a couple of campsites found close to the trail. Please don't camp at the lookout at Crowe's Cliff. Camping is not allowed along the river of the Gibson River Reserve). McCrae Lake and the Gibson area are Conservation Reserves which have additional restrictions on use. Township, OPP, Fire, Emergency Services, Parks Canada/MNR and area residents have all raised concerns which have led to these restrictions.
Our club welcome these changes which are designed to protect the land, water and wildlife.
NO PARKING" signs have been posted in the following areas:
McCrae Lake: You can only park "in" the parking lot, not along the sides of the roads leading down. There is limited space.
South Gibson Lake Road: Leads towards Gibson Wilderness Trail ("Long Falls"). No parking, period.
Fines start at $85.00 along with towing and storage fees beginning at $310; and once you find your car towed, don't forget to add the cost of a taxi to Midland or Parry Sound to get your vehicle back. This is being monitored aggressively.
NOTE: These restrictions do not affect the club's ability to run our bus as parking has never been a requirement since we drop off groups along roadways, and the bus comes back at the end of the day to collect people along the road.
Upcoming Events show the next five events currently listed on the website. You can see a list of calendar events with new events posted on an ongoing basis here. It does not necessarily include events from the Members Only (paid membership) Google Group.
NEW MEMBERSHIPS SUSPENDED UNTIL MID-September/October once membership fees are established for 2021-2022 year.
New memberships may take a few days to activate. If you need to sign up for the bus pre activation, do so as a guest, and we'll adjust the fee. Q's ? firstname.lastname@example.org
Renew your membership
Early Renewals suspended until mid-September/October once membership fees are established for 2021-2022 year.
1. Login (top left-hand corner of this page)
2. Click Your Name (top left-hand corner)
3. Read instructions, then scroll down past Membership details
4. Select the Renew to... button and fill form to payment
Donations are much appreciated for the continued operation of the club and trail system. e.g. Website, insurance and trail maintenance. As COVID-19 continues, maintenance of trails will likely be diminished as people stay home.
Please note: Five Winds Backcountry Ski Club is a Not for Profit, not a registered charity, therefore, receipts cannot be issued for income tax purposes. Thank you for your support.
Five Winds News: Latest news about the Club (public website).
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Bus Updates - Where we're going, space for walk-ons?
Snow Updates - We receive frequent Snow Updates for the general vicinity of our trails, state of ice etc
Trail Updates: Logged in Members can read/post comments about trail status e.g. blow-downs spotted, chainsaw work needed, trail cleared, missing signs, etc.