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École Trail

Sentier Pluriel de Grande-Digue

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Quick Facts

Difficulty moderate
Trail Type linear
Distance 4.8 km one-way
Estimated Time 3 hours
Surface Type grass, forested
Elevation Change 34 metres
Features fields, forest
Trail Markers blue squares
Scenery Rating beautiful
Maintenance Rating well maintained
Cell Reception variable
Dog Friendly on a leash
Fees donations accepted

Description

The École Trail is the longest trail in Grande-Digue. Parking for the trail is at the La Visitation-de-Notre-Dame Catholic Church in Grande-Digue. Cross the road and you will find a lane with a sign marking the start of the trail. Continue about halfway back the lane and you will see a sign pointing left towards the school. Cross the small field and you will come to a large trail sign just before you get to the playground. Turn right at the trail sign and continue straight across the fields behind the school. The trail will start to follow a hedge of bushes as it climbs the hill. Once up on the hill make sure you turn around and check out the views of the church and the bay.

Eventually the trail takes a sharp right turn and crosses the field. Just before entering the woods there is a small clearing with a bench. Continue into the woods and you will soon come to an opening in the trees with several picnic tables. This is an outdoor classroom used by the school. Continue through a young, mixed forest and you will pass by several benches and old roads that bisect the trail. Next you will come to the junction with the Alyre Bourque Trail.

Bench on the Ecole trail in Grande-Digue

After passing the Alyre Bourque Trail, the trail continues through the woods and comes out onto an old road. Along the old roads there was an old car rusting back into the forest, and a small pond that looked like it was transformed into a skating rink in the winter. After passing through a beautiful, young hardwood stand, the trail comes out to the back corner of a field. The trail then continues through the woods along the edge of the field. At this point I saw a scurry of activity in the leaves between the trail and the field. When I looked closer, I saw that it was about 10 mice that were running in and out from underneath the decomposing leaves. It was fascinating to watch. As quick as it had started it was over and there was no more movement.

The trail comes out along the back corner of someone's lawn and continues to a gravel ramp that takes you up to Route 530.

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Store Acadian South

Directions

The access to the south end of this trail is from the Catholic Church. To get to the church take Route 530 from Route 134 in Grande-Digue (near the hardware store). Drive for 2.1 kilometres and you will see the church on your right. The start of the trail is across the road from the church on your left.

The start of the Ecole Trail in Grande-Digue

To access the north end of the trail, take Route 530 from Route 134 in Cocagne. Drive for 2.1 kilometres and you will see signs for the trail on the right. The parking for this trail is another 300 metres on the left.

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From the Sign

The Pollinators in Grande-Digue

The Pollinators sign

Pollinators play an important role for ecosystems and for human nutrition.

Their daily work ensures the reproduction of many plants and participates in the production of local food, sold and consumed in Grande-Digue, at the local market "Les Digues" for example.

Apples, strawberries, cucumbers, etc. therefore depend on several types of bees, domestic or wild, wasps, butterflies and moths and even certain birds, such as the ruby-throated hummingbird.


A worrying situation...

According to Pollination Canada, there is a significant decline in pollinator populations around the world.

Several causes are at play, such as the loss of their habitat and food sources; the availability of flowers and plants that give them nectar and pollen; pests and diseases; as well as chemicals and pollutants.

For example, bees would be sensitive to certain herbicides and pesticides released into the environment. This is one of the reasons put forward to explain the drop in honey bee populations and the loss of entire hives in recent years.

Reducing our use of such products can make a difference!

From the Sign

The Acadian Forest

The Acadian Forest sign

In Grande-Digue, we find the so-called “Acadian” forest, made up of deciduous trees and conifers. Related to the forest region of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence, it is found in the maritime provinces.

In New Brunswick, it includes 32 species of trees: birch, oak, maple, hemlock, pine, cedar, spruce, etc. Among them, the larch, a conifer that loses its needles in winter!

But the forest also contains shrubs (alders), herbaceous plants (ferns... and poison ivy!), mushrooms and mosses.

And it is home to a multitude of animals: black bear, moose, deer, fox, hare and beaver, but also the deer mouse, garter snakes, frogs, lots of insects and birds that cheer up the forest while going about their occupations.


The history of the Acadian forest is a bit of our history...

  • Its wood was used by the pioneers to build and heat their homes, and to cook food.
  • We deforested the territory to raise crops and create pastures.
  • Since the 1950s, part of the old fields have been recolonized by the forest, although firewood is still cut.
  • And we walk or pedal there, for fitness, pleasure, or to recharge our batteries.

Trail Last Hiked: April 29, 2023.

Page Last Updated: February 19, 2024.