Letter to the Editor:
One of the treasures
We live in a beautiful part of the world. Sioux Lookout is a tourist destination and for good reasons. Our region has beautiful lakes, forests, and wildlife. Those of us who live here get to enjoy these things year round. It is wonderful to live in a place that has four seasons. We can enjoy the changes that occur in each season.
Because we live here all the time, we get accustomed to the beauty of God’s creation around us, and sometimes we take it for granted. One winter we had a guest here from South Florida. We took her to the Forest Inn for dinner. As we were eating she was looking out the window at the snow on the evergreen trees. She said, “I have never seen anything so beautiful in real life. It’s just like the pictures on Christmas cards. You see it in pictures, but it is so much more amazing to see it in person”.
In my opinion, one of the treasures of this community is the walking trail that goes from the Tourist Information Centre to Frog Rapids. The walking trail passes through a variety of scenery. Some sections are close to the bush. Others are by the lake. The trail has some portions that are uphill and require a little more effort and other sections that are quite level and easy to walk.
My wife and I moved into a house close to the walking trail four years ago. We walk the trail every day when we are here in Sioux Lookout. It is an enjoyable experience, and walking is good exercise for everyone, but especially important for people in our age group.
In addition to the benefit of allowing us to experience nature and enjoy its beauty, it has health benefits. Walking keeps us active, and helps us to keep our bodies moving. I like to think that it has avoided, or at least delayed, some costs to our medical system. It also has social and emotional benefits.
I see many people using the walking trail. Some are married couples like us who use their walk to talk, and enjoy each other’s company. Others are friends who are using the time walking together to strengthen their relationship. It makes us stronger as a community.
The first year we lived by the walking trail we were pleasantly surprised to find out, after the first snowfall, that the town plows the snow off the walking trail from the Tourist Information Centre to Pine Avenue.
I don’t know who was responsible for the construction of the walking trail. I do know the town maintains it. I express our thanks to the town, and to the taxpayers who fund the maintenance of the walking trail. We enjoy it and are blessed by the benefits it has in our lives.