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Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail needs volunteers

Ottawa is now blanketed in snow, but the ski and snowshoe trail next to Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway need a flurry of volunteers if it plans to open on Christmas Day.

Snow and ski trails first opened last year

Dave Adams pauses for a photo as he grooms the new Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail alongside the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway last February. (Giacomo Panico/CBC)

Ottawa is now blanketed in snow, but the ski and snowshoe trails next to Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway need a flurry of volunteers if it plans to open by Christmas.

The Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail runs for 16 kilometres along the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway from the Canadian War Museum to Westboro Beach.

It opened last year as a pilot project and was given the OK to stay open this winter as well.

Dave Adams, trail manager and head groomer, said he would like to see the trails open for families to use over the holiday break.

He first needs more snow before opening, but he also needs muscle power to keep that snow under the trails' five underpasses.

"I need shovelers. I find that people really get engaged over this thing and I find if you give them a piece of the project they really shine," Adams, or "groomer Dave" as he's known, said.

Adams also needs about four loads of wood chips to cover up "some nasty areas along the trail."

Volunteers can sign in at the trail's website.

The new Sir John A. Macdonald Winter Trail is running as a pilot project from the Canadian War Museum to Westboro Beach. (Westboro Beach Community Association)

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