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Wildlife in the Community

There have been reports of coyote sightings around the community. It's important that residents are mindful and aware of the various wildlife that live in the green spaces that surround this community, as well as to take some precautions to keep yourself and your small pets safe.

Here are some precautions you can take to avoid attracting coyotes:

  • avoid letting your small pets outside unattended.

  • avoid walking after dark or in the early morning hours.

  • avoid feeding your pets outside as this can attract wildlife.

  • use a non-retractable leash when walking.

  • attach keys or another noise generating item to your person for your walk so your presence is known.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if you come across a coyote on your walk:

  • never approach or touch a wild animal.

  • do not turn your back or run from a wild animal.

  • back away from the animal while remaining calm.

  • stand tall, wave and clap your hands, and make lots of noise.

  • carry a flashlight at night.

  • consider a personal audible alarm which can deter a coyote.

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Wildlife Spotted Around the Storm Water Reservoir - Message from a Resident

I thought the community should be aware of the wildlife surrounding Garth Trails. Yesterday afternoon (Nov 4) I saw a red fox walking on the wetland pathway behind the units on Mapleleaf Trail. A neighbour mentioned to me that they saw a red fox on Mapleleaf Trail last week. I think that the fox most likely lives in the hydro corridor and came through the wetlands for a drink from our pond. Please, everyone be vigilant of your surroundings when walking on our wetland pathways or on our streets.

“I would like to thank my Secret Ghost who left the Halloween 🎃 Treat on my doorstep.  I don’t know how to address the Trick portion as per the instructions; treat bag/basket within 48 hours of Halloween to be left on a Garth Trails doorstep in secret!  I received mine late afternoon (Hallowe’en).  Anyway, in the spirit of ghosts 👻….Thank you!”




Your Garth Trails Social Committee would like to resume our tradition of welcoming New Residents. We will be having a meet and greet in the near future and we need you to do one thing.  Please register as a New Resident at the Clubhouse providing them with your name, address, phone number and email address ( Once you are registered we will know that you are eligible to attend our New Resident Party. You will also be included on the distribution list to receive emails from the Clubhouse outlining the re-opening of the facilities and future classes and special events.


We will contact you in early August to provide you with a date and time.  This is a fun event with drinks and snacks and a chance to meet new people.


If you know of other New Residents please pass along this information to them.  Anyone who moved here in 2020 - 2021 is eligible to attend.


We’re looking forward to meeting you and introducing you to our Committee and the plans we are making for 2021- 2022.

With Great Sadness - Bill Vanderlubbe

Free Recycling


Here's a blurb that will come to individual homes, and take their items for recycling, away for free.


With all the changes going on here, this could save peoples trips to the recycling dump, and maybe get things moved out sooner than later.

- A Fellow Garth Trails Resident

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Letter to Garth Trails


This is just a friendly reminder to residents that when they see children who
are cycling or walking through our community they are not necessarily

On Tuesday, April 13th our 2 grandsons aged 12 and 10 years were cycling
home after having a social distancing lunch with us when they were
confronted by a female resident who told them they were trespassing, they
shouldn’t be here and to leave, even though they indicated they were
visiting their grandparents.

When speaking with them afterwards, our one grandson was very gracious
and said “maybe the lady was having a bad day”, now my question to the
lady is this ‘when you next see these two young boys will you be just as
gracious and apologize for your error in judgement’, because you will see
them again as they will still cycle or walk past your house when they visit.

Brenda and Dave Fox
Tallforest Trail


There is a group on Facebook called “garthtrailsfriends “ .

It was set up to help everyone living in Garth Trails to stay connected. Members post amusing pictures, feel good stories and poems, miscellaneous local news and general interest articles. Please send a Request to join. If you recently moved to Garth Trails please send me a Facebook message so I know you belong to our community.

Eleanor Freeborn (Administrator)