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Trails Committee News Update

The Grindstone Trails Committee is 100% Volunteer based, and does a truly amazing job of keeping our trails safe and clear for everyone to enjoy! The team was limited on some of the maintenance they were able to do over the summer due to the extremely dry conditions, but caught up once we saw some precipitation.

The Grindstone Trails Committee is 100% Volunteer based, and does a truly amazing job of keeping our trails safe and clear for everyone to enjoy! The team was limited on some of the maintenance they were able to do over the summer due to the extremely dry conditions, but caught up once we saw some precipitation.

As the winter months are upon us, our Trails Committee shifts gears and maintains the trails for our skiers and snowmobilers. This includes marking out the snow-pass trails and grooming local trails so they’re accessible for everyone! They’ve already been busy this winter clearing brush from on the Washow Bay trail as well as many other trails throughout the subdivisions. Over the Christmas/New Years break they will be busy continuing these efforts.

The trails committee in partnership with The COA and Parks have submitted an application to Trails Manitoba to take part in one of their grants. If approved – the Trails Committee will use the grant money to maintain and update current trails within the park, as well as begin developing a trail along the main gravel road from the warm up shelter at Mile 10 eventually to North Cliffs. This trail will be located along the powerlines and will piggyback on clearing that Hydro will be doing during Q1 of 2022. Snowmobilers, Skiers, Walkers and Snow Shoers will be able to use this new trail and safely access the warm up shack without having to use the road.

The Trails Committee is ALWAYS looking for more volunteers to join. If you’re interested in working to keep our park beautiful and expand our trails system or have any questions or concerns , please contact us at [email protected]

Grindstone Clothing Co – Overwhelmed at the Grindstone support!

We continue to be overwhelmed by the amazing support we’ve received from the Grindstone Community. Thanks in part to the Grindstone General Store’s Farmers Market on September Long  weekend, we were able to launch a new logo, as well as some items for your little ones! And WOW…you guys kept us HOPPING all day! We sold out of almost all of our new stock!

Our goal is to provide affordable comfy clothing items while giving back to our cottage community. All profits from our clothing sales are donated back to the GCOA for special projects (like the new play structure at Blacks Point Beach!)

We’ve got our sights set on some other fun projects to support in the future, so from the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU GRINDSTONE! As long as you keep loving these items, we’ll keep bringing them in!

Although it’s close to Christmas, we do still have some products in stock for the winter season, including toques! Feel free to drop us a line anytime at [email protected], or find us on

Facebook and Instagram @grindstoneclothingco Thank you again, and we can’t wait to see everyone at the lake!

Happy Holidays!

– Kim & Taylor Gerbinski

Do you have suggestion for new product?
Contact us at: [email protected]

Grindstone Clothing Co – Incredible year; despite Pandemic!

Grindstone Clothing has been around for just over two years now, and what an adventure it has been. The support the Grindstone community has shown us, has been absolutely incredible! This year has proven to be a bit of a challenge with Covid-19, but thanks to the wonderful farmers market hosted by the store, we were able to get some new product out to our wonderful supporters.

We are thrilled at the response we received about the Toques, and completely sold out of them! After an incredible 2 years, Taylor and I are overjoyed to announce that we will be donating $3,000 to the GCOA. These funds have been designated for the construction of a play structure at Blacks Point Beach. So again, THANK YOU COTTAGERS! This donation would not have been possible without your support. It’s because of you, that we now get to put a play structure up at Blacks Point Beach.

We’re already working on some new exciting products for next year. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements! If you’re looking for a Christmas gift, drop us a line. We have limited stock, but are happy to set up contactless pickup/delivery. Do you have a suggestion for new product? Contact us at [email protected]

Grindstone Clothing Co – Thankful for all your support!

We at Grindstone Clothing are so thankful of all the support this wonderful cottage community has shown us over the last couple years. We are a husband and wife operation who donates all profits from clothing sales back to the Cottage Owners Association. Covid 19 has given us some challenges, as we aren’t able to sell items at large events. With this challenge we have not be able to bring in a ton of new items. We’re hoping that 2022 brings some normalcy back and that we can show you what we’ve been working on!

We do still have a limited supply of hoodies, sweatshirts, t-shirts and tank tops if anyone is in need of cozy cabin wear. Stay tuned for more announcements of new products in the future! Thank you again for all the wonderful support!

Kim & Taylor Gerbinski Do you have a suggestion for new product? Contact us at: [email protected]

Grindstone Clothing Co – Clothing Still Available!

We want to thank everyone for their continued support of Grindstone Clothing. Due to Covid-19 we will not be getting any new merchandise in this summer. However, we still have T-Shirts, Crew Necks and Hoodies available for purchase.

Please email [email protected] or call Kim at 204-799-5324 to place your order. We are expecting a new Grindstoner in our family in early July and will be limiting our time at the lake in the early summer.

All profits go back to the GCOA, and we accept all major credit cards! See you this summer!…

Trails Committee – Summary of 2020

The trail committee kept busy maintaining the trails throughout the year, despite the pandemic situation.  Keeping the windfall clear, the sno man trail groomed, clearing for new trails, maintain signage, and planning future goals is what the committee has been all about in the past year.

  1. Members of the Trails Committee cleared the windfall from all the trails.  This seemed to be a bigger problem than normal due to high winds and an aging forest. Please note that if volunteers did not do this work and it becomes the responsibility of Parks Staff, Parks will be charging for outlying costs plus the hourly rate paid to their staff. That cost would be added to our fees for service.
  2. The Interlake SnoTrackers groomed the trail from Washow Bay to Grindstone.  They also received permission to groom in a loop across to Hecla and to Riverton.  This will be a benefit as the trail from Grindstone to Hecla will be groomed more often. Volunteers from the trails committee marked the trail and at the end of the season removed the markers.  If Grindstone snowmobilers want this to continue, volunteers need to assist by helping mark the trail to Washow Bay and to remove the markers at the end of the season. This year our cost for marking, removing markers and maintaining the signage throughout the riding season was $350.00. If we receive a donation from the Interlake Sno Trackers it will be placed in our account and used to pay expenses for the maintenance of trails in 2021. 
  3. It is still the goal of the committee to do the following in the near future:
    1. Develop an all use trail from Blacks Point to the warm up shelter. Hydro did not approve volunteers working under the hydro lines due to safety concerns. Hydro did indicate that they plan to start work before fall. We have been waiting for the last 5 years for hydro to do the clearing.
    1. Volunteers cleared a trial on the west side of the road. This trail accesses three ponds.  This is a nice trail as it is open to sunlight along the ponds and often you can encounter wildlife. Interest has been expressed in having an exclusive ski trail. This trail can be designated as a ski trail. Interested skiers can build a ski groomer and a volunteer could provide a snowmobile to pull the groomer.
    1. The Muriel Lake Trail is a beautiful ATV, snowmobile trail. We made a by- pass around the swamps and now the trail is accessible for walking, biking, etc. year round.  However, this trail needs a lot of work as over time the under growth has encroached the trail. 
    1. The trails committee initiated the purchase of a pull behind mower/brush cutter. The Association reimbursed the trails committee. We are now able to cut the grass on all trails without relying on Parks. Since we are now charged fee for service; by cutting the grass on the trails ourselves this reduces our cottage fees. Presently the brush cutter is pulled by a tractor owned by a volunteer. The rush cutter is equipped with air tires. The tires have been punctured a number of times and need to be replaced. They should be replaced with airless tires. The Association should seriously consider purchasing a tractor as it cannot rely on a volunteer donating a tractor indefinitely.
    1. The Provincial Government announced that it is providing an additional $2.5 million for trails development and maintenance. We will be in contact with Parks as to who is responsible to make an application for a grant.

Submitted by Joe Mudry

Grindstone Clothing Co – Great Response!

We would like to sincerely thank all the Grindstoners for their amazing support again this year! The response we had to our new items at the pancake breakfast was more than we could have ever expected! We still have sweaters available for purchase this winter All profits go back to the GCOA, and we accept all major credit cards! If there is a product you’d like to see, let us know! [email protected]

Grindstone Trails Committee Fall Update

Clearing windfall and a establishing a new trail has kept the committee busy this paste fall.  Read the GTC article from the Fall/Winter edition of the Gazette.

I hope you all had a great summer an that you all are keeping healthy and that you had an opportunity to enjoy the trails. It was a challenge keeping the trails free from windfall. It seemed that the volunteers just finished clearing the trails and the next day we would get a storm and we would have trees on the trails. The volunteers spent an excess of 100 hours maintaining trails. This included grass cutting, windfall clearing, and completing a new trail. The total cost to date to cover expenses for volunteers for gas, oil, chainsaw maintenance, etc. is $300.

A new trail is located north of the store as you drive to the Marina. It is the first trail on the west side of the road. This trail is adjacent to three ponds. It’s a beautiful trail as you can see beavers and all kinds of waterfowl. However, due to lack of rain, the second pond dried up. The trail name is “The Ponds Trail”. It can use some leveling, which hopefully Parks can assist with. The trail is about 1.5km long.

The GCOA owns the bush cutter, but a volunteer provides a tractor to pull it. We need more volunteers. Our costs cover volunteers’ expenses. IF trail maintenance was the responsibility of Parks, our costs would be much higher. These costs would be added to our fees for service and parks staff would deal with trail maintenance when time permits. 

On behalf of the Trails Committee, I would like to thank the volunteers, the GCOA, all cottagers and Parks for the support and cooperation. 

Joe Mudry, Chair
Grindstone Trails Committee

Grindstone Clothing Co – New Inventory!

New Inventory is set to arrive just in time for Grindstone Days and the Music Festival. Come find us at the Pancake Breakfast to grab your new Grindstone swag. We’ll have men’s and women’s tank tops, baseball caps, zip-ups and more! All profits go back to the GCOA, and we accept all major credit cards! See you this summer!

Grindstone Clothing Co – 2019 Update!

We’d like to thank everyone for their OVERWHELMING support throughout 2018!  Seeting the new T-Shirts, Sweatshirts and Hoodies walking around the subdivisions put a big smile on our faces!

We are busy planning and designing new items for 2019, and looking for YOUR input! What would you like to see us carry this year?  Hats? Beach Bags? Hoodies?

Drop us a line at [email protected], find us on Instagram @GrindstoneClothingCo , or call Kim Gerbinski at 204-799-5234 for any order inquiries or questions.  We will also be set up at Grindstone Days and the Night Market, so stop by and say Hi!

We are proud to say that all profits from the sales of the merchandise will go directly back to the Cottage Owners Association.

Grindstone Clothing Co. accepts cash, e-transfers, and all major credit cards (yes, Credit Cards!)
Thanks again for supporting Grindstone Clothing Company, and be sure to #grindstoneclothingco on Instagram so we can see you sporting that retro Grindstone Logo!