Inauguration of “Sentiers frontaliers” as an International Hiking Trail Network

2009-08-18, from Member

Chartierville (Québec), August 18th 2009 – Sentiers frontaliers has been officially inaugurated today as an International Hiking Trail Organisation. With the last 17 miles long stretch completed between Notre-Dame-des-Bois and Chartierville, Sentiers frontaliers is now linked to the Cohos Trail of New Hampshire (NH) www.cohostrail.org  crossing the legendary Appalachian Trail (AT) www.appalachiantrail.org  in the Presidential Range.


VIP where numerous to attend the opening of the new trail.


Gloriane Blais, Sentiers frontaliers’ president, declared: « I am very proud of our volunteers. Without a break they all contributed to this unique realization. We are all very happy to offer our local and touristic communities a great network of hiking trails: a network of 84 miles on the Québec side of the border now connected to the AT which stretches from the state of Georgia to the state of Maine and as far as the Gaspé Peninsula further north thanks to the International Appalachian Trail www.sia-iat.com. Year after year, there are between 7000 and 8000 people hiking Sentiers frontaliers’ trails ».


André Blais from Sentiers frontaliers, Kim Nilsen from Cohos Trail and Richard Anderson President of Sentier international des Appalaches in front of the hiking trails map.


André Blais, founder of Sentiers frontaliers, added proudly: «Our first goal has been reached. Our dream has come true on this very day! Thanks to our NH friends of the Cohos Trail, the AT now expands its horizons up to the stars with the Mount Megantic Astronomical Observatory and its unique interpretation center, the Astrolab. Tomorrow we will keep on pursuing one more dream that is to create the first International Loop Trail in North America linked with the AT. And that dream might be fulfill thanks to our American partners: the Cohos Trail and the Arnold Expedition Historical Society. »

Jean-René Ré, mayor of Chartierville www.haut-saint-francois.qc.ca, has underlined: « I do think that nature in our community deserves to be highlighted. I was myself astonished by the beauty of the scenic views all along Sentiers frontaliers’ trails. Even if I did not explore their network entirely, I have discovered what Sentiers frontaliers has to offer to all of us through the gallery of pictures on their website. Hurray for those persevering visionaries! »

Kim Nilsen, founder of the Cohos Trail, brought up his view from NH: « I am proud to announce that our two trail systems are linked together. Now hikers from the U.S. can either hike to Mount Megantic National Park and its astronomical observatory or keep going eastward to Mount Gosford, highest peak in southern Quebec, and reach the Maine border at Coburn Gore. Congratulations to our friends of Sentiers frontaliers. »

Richard Anderson, International Appalachian Trail’s president, reminded us: « Twelve years ago, I was with André, Robert and friends overlooking Mount Megantic and both presenting our projects at the Astronomy Festival in Notre-Dame-des-Bois: one extending the AT north to the Gaspe Peninsula, the other reaching the AT from Mount Megantic. I am really happy to have helped Sentiers frontaliers get in touch with the Cohos Trail. Now our dreams have come true. What an incredible feast! »

Duluth Wing, charter member of the Arnold Expedition Historical Society, added: «It is indeed an historic happening we are celebrating today. Let me tell you that we are really proud of the people from both countries that have worked strenuously to achieve their common goal both sides of the border sharing the same dream. »

Tania Pinard, touristic advisor for the “MRC du Granit” (Granite Township Regional Municipalities), more specifically for the Drive to the Summits and for Tourisme Megantic www.tourisme-megantic.com, pointed out: « With our new Drive to the Summits and Sentiers frontaliers as an international hiking trail network, our beautiful region has many various and impressive hiking trails to offer for all hikers, for the family as well as for the ultimate hiker. »

Sentiers frontaliers’ perseverance and its colossal work since 1995 really impressed the Megantic Compton provincial deputy, Mrs. Johanne Gonthier: «I met Sentiers frontaliers’ volunteers right at the beginning of my first term. Since then, I have always supported that organization. Adding this new 17 miles long section to the existing 67 miles network of trails proves us that our region is more than ever an unavoidable destination for the outdoors lovers and, particularly, for the backpackers.»

The Compton-Stanstead federal deputy, Mrs. France Bonsant, really wanted to be at this inauguration: «I have the privilege of representing 12 borderland communities at the House of Commons in Ottawa. I have been fighting over the years and by all sorts of means to facilitate the commuters between Canada and the United States. I do think that Sentiers frontaliers deserves to be better known by all of us. We are talking here of a Quebec hiking group of people that has developed enviable ties with our New-England friends. »

Alain Larouche, Eastern Townships Bureau of Tourism’s executive director, applauded and thanked all the volunteers of the area: «Those volunteers have done a tremendous job by adding an important landmark in making the Eastern Townships one of the most beautiful hiking destination in Quebec, with more than 560 miles of mountain trails. “Touristically”, this 17 miles segment is critical since it is now linking our region to the AT, a must for every hiker! »

Daniel Pouplot, Quebec Hiking Federation’s executive director (FQM), concluded: «Today we are living a great historic inauguration. According to me, this memorable event is of great importance for the Eastern Townships as well as for the province of Quebec. This inauguration is also an invitation to get acquainted with long distance hiking, a trend that should attract more and more hikers. The Quebec Hiking Federation has proudly supported Sentiers frontaliers from its first days in 1995. Bravo to Sentiers frontaliers for giving us new horizons to explore on and beyond the border. »

Sentiers frontaliers finally expressed formal thanks to all the landowners that give rights of way to the hikers year after year, to all of its members and, of course, to all the Brave Hikers Expedition partners that are listed on the homepage of its website www.sentiersfrontaliers.qc.ca.


Source:
Marilaine Savard
Communication Director
(819) 549-1035
info@sentiersfrontaliers.qc.ca
 
Andre Blais
ME-NH relations
(819) 583-5496

 
 

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