header ad

SCMBC Historic Foundation Poker Run


This topic contains 6 replies, has 4 voices, and was last updated by  Ian Hughes 5 years, 4 months ago.

Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total)

  • Author
  • #804747

    Ian Hughes

    Please join us for SCMBC’s 1st Annual Foundation Poker Run (pre-registration required). Self guided ride of historic Oro-Medonte foundations located on SCMBC stewarded trails. (maps and chip locations will be provided to those that register).

    Sunday July 12 – 10am to 1pm.
    BBQ and prizes for the best hands.
    Information tent, bbq and festivities will be at the Centre Staging parking lot, on Bass Lake Side Road (closer to the 8th line). Additional parking if needed at Stream Whistle trailhead.

    REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED as we need to know how much food, cards, poker chips to have on hand for the day. We have set up the registration through Zone 4 and can be accessed from our website at http://www.scmbc.ca.
    Cost: $5 for clubs members and $10 for non-members.

    See the attached flyer.



    Wow. Sounds awesome. Great job guys.

    I’m sure you’ll get some players from here.

    Let me know if I can do anything.



    Tom Shaw

    Thanks for the offer Marc, but it will be a fun simple morning of riding.
    We are looking forward to it and hope you can make it up for a spin.


    Tom Shaw

    Our gravel/sandy soil that makes such great all weather trails was the reason that the land was abandoned for farming. The old foundations are a cool monument to the people who struggled to eke out an existence.


    In the early 1800’s, much of Simcoe County was covered with valuable forests of both softwood and hardwood species. The first timber barons saw the forest as a nearly inexhaustible supply of timber, while the early settlers saw the forests as an impediment to farming and vast areas were cleared and burned. For a hundred years the forests of Simcoe County fell to the lumberjack’s axe with no thought of conservation for tomorrow. The slash from logging was left to burn and reburn, destroying the soil until nothing was left but barren plain. “I can remember the night skies red with such fires – at Midhurst and Anten Mills and Orr Lake,” said E. C. Drury, a long-time resident and community leader of Simcoe County. By the early 1900’s there was little timber left to cut in Simcoe County and the once richly forested areas had become virtual wastelands.

    When he became Premier of Ontario in 1919, Drury was instrumental in establishing the “Agreement Forest” program. Local governments purchased lands and turned them over to the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests for protection and forestry development. Appropriately, Simcoe County was the first to take advantage of this program. On May 8, 1922 the first trees were planted at the “Hendrie” tract in Vespra township. From 1922 to 1927 a total of 1,344,600 trees were planted at Hendrie and today it remains a lasting testimonial to the foresight of those early pioneers in forestry.



    @tom_shaw and the SCMBC Crew this looks like an awesome event (local history and MTB are two of my favourite things). Unfortunately, I will be camping (and riding) in Silent Lake Provincial Park on the 12th otherwise I would have been there for sure.

    Perhaps sometime I can hook up with a member of the Club and retrace the route? Or maybe just have to wait until next year 😉

    Good luck with the Poker Run – very unique idea and a great way to showcase your trails and local heritage.


    Tom Shaw

    Thanks for the encouragement fietser. We plan on making this an annual event that we can build on as time goes by.
    Try to hook up with someone for a ride, but we have sweet maps on our website http://www.SCMBC.ca for you to do some self guiding anytime.


    Ian Hughes

    Just a reminder. If you are planning to attend this event, we NEED you to pre-register. We will only have enough food, cards etc for those that have registered.

Viewing 7 posts - 1 through 7 (of 7 total)

You must be logged in to reply to this topic.

People Who Like Thisx


People Who viewed ThisX