The Government of Canada is investing $22,374 to help the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club, in partnership with the local Kinsmen Club and Conservation Authority, improve lighting on a two-kilometre ski trail – the only lit ski trail available for evening use – as well as a parking lot and outdoor recreation area. The funding will also cover the installation of a new speaker system, enabling event organizers to better communicate with participants and spectators during outdoor activities.
“The investment announced today will help nurture the development of young athletes, promote sporting events and encourage Canadians to play, train and compete. Updates to shared-use areas will be beneficial to all of the partners, as well as the local groups who use the site for educational and recreational activities.” said, Terry Sheehan, Member of Parliament for Sault Ste. Marie
Sheehan, announced the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program funding today on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor. The Hiawatha Highlands trail system is open to the public year round and is located 11 kilometres from downtown Sault Ste. Marie. In addition to skiing and snowshoeing, it is also used for biking, hiking, running and orienteering.
“The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of investing in key community assets, such as the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club, that will create a lasting legacy. The modern, efficient lighting system will enhance participation in recreational sport and physical activity, contributing to positive health benefits for the community. said Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for FedNor
“On behalf of the Soo Finnish Ski Club, the Kinsmen Club of Sault Ste. Marie and the Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority, I would like to thank the Government of Canada for investing in upgrading the lighting of our cross country ski trails at Hiawatha Highlands. This will improve accessibility and safety for cross-country skiers and will promote outdoor winter physical activity in our city for years to come.” said Joanna MacDougall, President, Soo Finnish Ski Club