Winter recreation is an extremely popular activity in our region and has been a regular occurrence on our golf course property for years. With liability coverage coming into question during the 2021/22 winter season, we're happy to say that we've been able to square things away in this regard and can resume encouraging use of our golf course lands for winter recreation activities. Allowable winter recreation activities include Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoeing, Walking and Tobogganing. Ice Skating on our ponds is STRICTLY PROHIBITED and appropriate signage has been introduced to that effect.
By introducing this additional winter liability coverage, Balfour Golf & Recreation has taken on a significant increase to it's annual insurance premium and thus will be asking our community to show their support for winter recreation in Balfour by purchasing your BRC Membership along with a Winter Recreation Pass. This newly introduced Winter Recreation Pass will be a per household purchase of $50 and is a support mechanism more than it is a requirement for use of our Golf Course property during our non-golfing months. Support shown through purchase of these passes will guide us in future years as to how much of our resources we will be able to put back into facilitating winter recreation. Ultimately, it is our goal to see the golf course property become a destination for winter recreation that sees consistent use and maybe one day even hosts organized activities. The best way to make this happen will be through your show of support with purchase of your Winter Recreation Pass.
One final note regarding winter recreation at the golf course and the parking situation. Moving forward we are asking that there no longer be vehicle parking on Queens Bay Rd. at the head of our driveway. There have been several instances in recent years where this parking area over flowed onto both sides of Queens Bay Rd. and created more congestion than necessary. Instead, we would like to see our nicely plowed parking lot up by the club house become the hub for Winter Recreation activities. For those only interested in walking the Queens Bay Trail, please use the parking area at the Balfour Cemetery as your starting point moving forward.