Public spaces such as Wagg’s Wood are rare on Manitoulin Island

“They should not be cut up piecemeal”

To the Expositor:

We are one of those fortunate enough to be able to visit Manitoulin once or twice a year. We cherish our time there and will be returning to our favourite spots and each trip allows us to find new treasures in your landscapes.

Unfortunately most of Manitoulin Island is privately owned and there are few public trails and there is no trail system on the Island. Coming from Hamilton and Grimsby we enjoy many trails and in Hamilton alone there is 250 km of trails and that does not count the Bruce Trail that runs through our communities.

When I look at opportunities for trails it seems that protecting publicly owned natural areas has to be a very high priority for our civic leaders.

The few that you have should not be cut up piecemeal. Lately concerns have been raised about what has happened at Wagg’s Woods in Mindemoya.

These rare public areas are precious on the Island. Any decisions involving them must be made through transparent and publicly accessible processes. We hope on our next visit to walk on improved trails in Wagg’s Woods and maybe just maybe more lands can be purchased and put into public ownership.

We hope that the Central Manitoulin council will understand that the business we bring to the Island is as tourists looking for the trail adventure.

Bruce and Laurie Mackenzie