The Town of Bracebridge has voted in favour to enter into a land use permit with the province for continued use of the Bracebridge Resource Management Center (BRMC) off Highway 11 North. Still, some councillors would like to see tighter rules around hunting in the park.
During the most recent Bracebridge general committee meeting, councillors voted in favour of entering a 10-year agreement with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) for the use of the park.
The BRMC is located along the Muskoka River and contains some 20 km of groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hiking, and mountain biking trails.
Coun. Barb McMurray said the BRMC is a quiet place to enjoy the trails and hunting should be done elsewhere.
“There are more appropriate places for it,” she said.
Gillian Mitchell, the Bracebridge Parks and Trails Foreperson, said they had discussed the prospect with the MNRF in the past but hunting is permitted on Crown Land (which the park is) and modifying the allowable uses is difficult.
“It could be something down the road but it is a lengthy process,” said Mitchell.
In the meantime, Mitchell suggested the Town could erect more signage informing guests of the allowable uses of the park, and possibly work at releasing more information to the public.
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