Snowmobiles allowed on Babylon Line in 2023

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Snowmobiles will continue to be allowed on Babylon Line through the 2023 winter season.

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Municipal staff were directed by Bluewater council on Jan. 16 to enter into an agreement with the Pineridge Snowmobile Club allowing the use of Babylon Line from Highway 84 to Kippen Road as a snowmobile trail.

According to a report presented during the meeting, the municipality had previously entered into a similar agreement for the 2021-2022 winter season, and no complaints or concerns were received from the public about the use of the unopened section of Babylon Line for snowmobiles.

The Pineridge Snowmobile Club is a member of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, and the club operates and maintains the Babylon Line trail in addition to other local connecting trails in Bluewater on Parr Line, Rogerville Road, Centennial Road and Bannockburn Line.

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For a map of local snowmobile trails and trails throughout Ontario, visit


Preparations for the reconstruction of Hensall’s Richmond Street North are underway.

Councilors awarded the project to provide engineering services for the street’s reconstruction from Highway 4 to Lorne Avenue to BM Ross and Associates for $9,000.

BM Ross had previously completed the design of the reconstruction in 2004, though that design needs updating to meet current municipal design standards such as sidewalks and roll-over curbing.

The municipality had previously budgeted $40,000 for the design of Richmond Street North’s reconstruction in the 2022 municipal budget.

“I was so pleased to see this come up,” said Coun. Scott Harris. “It’s been a thorn in my side for a long time. Even before I was a councillor, people would complain about this road… I’m very happy to see this is actually getting done.”

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The final version of Bluewater’s first recreation master plan was presented to council during the meeting.

As previously reported, the plan makes about $8 million in recommendations in regard to providing recreational services throughout the municipality over the next 15 years.

Major recommendations in the plan include the creation of a new standalone recreation facility or the renovation of an existing one to provide amenities including multipurpose spaces and a gym, pursuing self-directed and drop-in programming, and providing aid to local recreation providers in areas such as advertising.

The municipality received a $71,232 grant from the province’s Municipal Modernization Program to cover the costs of the plan’s creation.

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