Our Trails, Our Stories

Our Trails, Our Stories

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‘Our Trails, Our Stories’ is a podcast series that explores the connection people have to trails, nature and the great outdoors. We’ll hear from people who spend time on the trails and understand the role trails play in their lives and in their communities. Sentiers Wakefield Trails is a non-profit organization in Wakefield, Quebec, dedicated to building and maintaining safe accessible trails for those who live in the area and the thousands who visit every year. Produced by Pierre Loiselle & Roberta Bouchard Narration by Anne Van Dusen and Rose Pommier Music by Ian Tamblyn


Fran Cutler and The Sound of Trails
Jul 1 • 4 min
Fran Cutler’s family has an attachment to the Wakefield area that goes back almost one hundred years. Like many of us, Fran considers Wakefield one of her “favourite villages in the whole world!”. For the 30 years she worked at the CBC, the Gatineau Hills…
Kerry Hodgins, Trail Adventurer
Jun 26 • 4 min
Kerry is one of those people who has beautifully fabricated a life for herself in which work and play seem to co-exist in perfect balance. Her home, also her main place of work, is nestled between the Gatineau River and the surrounding hills creating the…
Nick Appleby, Constructeur de ponts
Jun 24 • 5 min
Not that we’re giving his age away, but Nick remembers the days of his youth when there were no computers, and kids like him mostly spent all of their time outdoors. He still makes a point of getting out into the forest – both on and off the trails. Which…
Liz Robertson, Trail Traveller
Jun 20 • 4 min
Liz Robertson, also known in the Wakefield area as Pip, spends plenty of time on the trails. Originally from New Zealand, she now calls Wakefield home. As a fitness instructor, she often uses the trails for boot camps and even incorporates trail work into…
Colin Bunge, Trail Teacher
Jun 17 • 5 min
Colin Bunge has been seeking adventures for quite some time. And he turned that passion into a career – teaching outdoor ed and running outdoor adventure programs for youth in the Western Quebec area. His goal? To instill that passion in others,…
Bodi Delgrosse and the Trails of Life
Jun 14 • 5 min
Bodi Delgrosse would choose a forest over a desk any day so it was a definite yes when his college classmate, Adrian Vaillancourt, asked him, in the spring of 2018, if he wanted a summer job working on the Wakefield trails. During those months, the two of…
Ken Bouchard, Old Fart Trail Champion
Jun 11 • 5 min
It was his mother who introduced Ken to trails and the call of the wild. He was only 5 years old but that experience shaped the rest of his life. Now into his seventies, Ken looks back at his personal connection to trails and trail building and reflects…
Joan Garnett, Trail Pioneer
Jun 7 • 5 min
At 88, Joan has a lot of amazing memories of the place she has called home for more than 50 years. During that time, she has witnessed the evolution of a community that co-exists with nature. And she completely understands the importance of the…
Julien Loiselle, Trail Explorer
Jun 4 • 4 min
Is there anything better than sharing in the enthusiasm of a child as they discover the world around them? 6 year-old Julien Loiselle takes us on a Wakefield trail tour and talks about the importance of getting out into nature and the thrill of spotting…
Phoebe Miles, Trail Runner
Jun 1 • 6 min
On the verge of turning forty, Phoebe took up her son’s challenge to run in a local race. She did the 5K. And she just kept running. Now logging 80K in a weekend, its obvious trail running has become Phoebe’s passion - a way to deal with personal…