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February 17th, 2021
FMF/MCT _ Letter to our Trail Visitors –
Dear Visitors to our Trail in Ste. Catherine de Hatley,
As many of you know, on Sunday, February 14th, a complaint was made to the Magog police
about cars parked on Côte du Piémont and parking tickets were issued to at least 19 visitors to
our trail. We are very sorry to those who received tickets and want you to know that the
Massawippi Foundation, the Massawippi Conservation Trust, the municipality of Ste. Catherine
de Hatley are working on both a short term and a long term solution to this traffic situation to
It seems that during the pandemic, we have become a victim of our own success! Until answers
are found, we need to warn you that until the end of March, you are still at risk of receiving a
parking ticket on Côte du Piémont, especially on weekends.
We know that you and your families need these trails during these difficult times and we want
you on our trails so we are working as quickly as possible to facilitate your access to the trail
without fear of receiving a parking ticket.
We will keep you informed on our progress.
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Ethan’s Beach is now open!
Come take a hike down to the lake for a swim. Have a picnic. Enjoy the beautiful forests of the Massawippi Valley.
Here are a few things to keep in mind. As the beach is at the bottom of a hill, the trail slopes downwards and is rated “black diamond”. In other words a tougher hike, especially going back up. The trail is approximately 3,5 kms one way with a mixture of easy, intermediate and difficult sections.
- There are benches along the way so that you can rest.
- Remember to save some water for the return trip.
- Bug spray and a walking stick also can come in very handy.
- Besides the usual steps along the way there is a staircase with 85 steps just before you reach the beach. Once you have arrived here, you will see the lake.
- The beach has 3 picnic tables. Please remember to keep you social distance and stay in your family bubble.
- The lake has a small shallow entrance and then there is a quick drop off. Swim at your own risk.There is no lifeguard on duty.
- It will take about 1 ½ hours to get back up the hill depending on your level of fitness.
- Parking is at the end of Côte du Piémont (just off ch. Gingras) in Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley. Google Maps
- NEW A compost toilet has been added at the top of the stairs for your convenience.
The Massawippi Conservation Trust asks:
- Stay within the sandy beach area;
- Light no campfires;
- No camping;
- Behave appropriately;
- Follow the internationally recognized code of ethics of “Leave no Trace” to respect our natural environment.
The Trust discourages the beaching of motorboats in this ecologically important area. You can pull up your canoe, kayak or paddle board .
There are no upcoming events at this time.