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New signage will help you know your way around Bois-des-Esprits

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Visitors to the Bois-des-Esprits in Royalwood will now be greeted with three new trailhead signs.

The signs were installed recently at entry points into the Bois — on Shorehill Drive, John Bruce Road, and near the Great Grey Owl carving at East Oak Drive.

"The bilingual signs were designed in collaboration with Save Our Seine River Environment Inc.," says Tammy Melesko, City of Winnipeg communications officer. "They include a graphic representation of Woody the Tree Spirit, the keeper of the Bois-des-Esprit forest."

The trailhead signs provide a map of all formal trails, plus trail surface type. With this information, visitors on foot, on wheels, on skis, or even snowshoes can easily plan a route best suited to their needs.

Points of interest of various natural and cultural features throughout the forest are also a significant part of the signage. The trailhead sign design is consistent with all other City greenway and parkway trail signage.

"During the past year, the City of Winnipeg’s Property and Planning Department has been working with Save Our Seine (SOS) on the development of these signs," says Denis Gautron, SOS president. "We are thrilled with the product — their size, their attractiveness, and their content."

In part, the signs are intended to educate the public on where the trails lead and to encourage use of the trails to protect sensitive habitat areas.

"They are a welcome addition at the entrances to Bois-des-Esprits," Gautron says, "providing guidance to visitors and helping convey SOS’s vision of the Bois-des-Esprits as a natural treasure to be enjoyed and protected — a hidden secret, and the ideal classroom for our present and future students and a place for families, friends and community to meet in harmony and enjoyment."

☐ ☐ ☐

A few Royalwood residents had an early visit from Santa’s helpers following our first significant snowfall. According to the story, a group of children spent a Sunday afternoon shoveling Royalwood stairs, sidewalks, and driveways.

Without pausing to knock on doors and ask for payment, the children worked quickly and happily. When asked why they weren’t building snowmen, one boy spoke up: "We were bored and wanted to do good deeds for people. We’ve done five houses already."

This wonderful group of children and their families should be very proud of this example of community giving. The selfless actions of these young people were noticed and appreciated.
What a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

Tanya Misseghers is a community correspondent for Royalwood.

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