New trail connect park to Trans-Canada Trail



By John Drinkwater

The Neepawa Banner

On Friday, July 31 a large group gathered at Elk Park in Onanole to celebrate the opening of the Elk Link of the Riding Mountain Trans Canada Trail Network.

This trail, combined with the Onanole Trail, provides a link from RMNP to the Trans Canada Trail. Over its 175 km length between Russell and Neepawa, the TCT runs parallel to the Park, at varying distances. The concept is to connect the TCT with special places on the south edge of the Park. This, being the first link, begins at the Wasagaming townsite, proceeds to Onanole via the Onanole Trail and then via the Elk Link Trail, continues south to the TCT.

Mayor Elgin Hall of Clanwilliam-Erickson Municipality said, “Trail users should be careful and be on the lookout for wildlife. I have personally seen moose, elk, bear, bobcat, wolves, coyotes, skunks, squirrels and mice, so you won’t be alone.”

The trails can be accessed at numerous points, with pick up via Shuttle Bug. One of best sections of the Elk Link Trail travels through the property of Norval Lee, who resides near Erickson