Green Gables Heritage Place

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Balsam Hollow Trail improvements

Parks Canada received funding under a special project to improve ecological health in Prince Edward Island National Park and national historic sites in Prince Edward Island. Making gains in ecological integrity is a priority for Parks Canada, and we are pleased to invest in a project to address ecological threats along the brook on the Balsam Hollow Trail at Green Gables Heritage Place. While planning for this project began in 2012, onsite work is beginning now that Green Gables is closed for the 2013 season.

PLEASE NOTE: The trail will be closed as of November 1, 2013 and will reopen when work is completed in the spring of 2014.

Background

The Balsam Hollow Trail as it exists has caused significant siltation of the brook through erosion run-off. This has had an adverse effect on the overall health of the stream and to fish populations. Parks Canada will ensure that all measures are taken to preserve the health of the brook throughout the redevelopment process.

Parks Canada staff are working to ensure that visitor experience and cultural resources are maintained while improving the ecological health of the area. Advice was also received from the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) on sustainable trail development.

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Project Description

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The Balsam Hollow Trail will be rerouted in some places, and a number of bridges will be removed. The new route will make it easier for visitors to enjoy a quick stroll in peaceful tranquility through the small stand of Acadian forest.

Rerouting the trail in select locations will create a buffer between visitors and the stream, which will reduce the amount of trampling and subsequent erosion in marked areas. Despite these changes, visitors will still have ample opportunities to enjoy the beauty and hear the sound of the brook in multiple locations along the trail. Additional changes to the trail near the southern end will re-route visitors away from adjacent golf course, thus restoring the historical feel of the walk.

Reducing the number of bridges will ensure the long-term sustainability of the trail from an asset management perspective, making it more fiscally manageable and safer for trail users. It will also reduce the environmental risks to the brook and associated ecosystems caused by footings and support structures.

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