11 Trail Projects in East Kootenay Receive Combined $208K in Funding

(Credit: Cranbrook Tourism)

Columbia Basin Trust is supporting a wide range of projects across the region.

CBT has announced the recipients of their Trail Enhancement Grants.

The three-year program will see $1.5-million go towards building new trails or rehabilitating existing ones.

"Active, outdoor lifestyles are a prominent part of Basin culture, and we’re fortunate to be able to recreate in such beautiful natural settings,” said Tim Hicks, Senior Manager, Delivery of Benefits. “Basin residents told us it’s a priority for the Trust to support projects that make getting out into these areas even better, so that more diverse recreation opportunities are available for residents.”

The local recipients are as follows:

  • Canal Flats:
    • Village of Canal Flats:
      • Develop a connector trail from Tilley Memorial Park to downtown Canal Flats
      • $25,000
  • Columbia Valley:
    • Columbia Valley Cycling Society:
      • Enhance the Junior Johnson Recreation Trail to provide greater accessibility 
      • $21,000
  • Cranbrook:
    • Cranbrook Community Forest Society:
      • Develop a new advanced trail and rehabilitate connector trails to create the Espresso Grinder loop
      • $23,000
    • North Star Rails to Trails Society:
      • Improve accessibility by paving a viewpoint and adding interpretive signage
      • $21,882
  • Creston Valley:
    • Creston Valley Forest Corporation:
      • Upgrade the Creston Mt. Thompson Trail to include signage, picnic tables, benches and bridges
      • Add 5.8 km of new trail
      • $25,000
  • Fernie:
    • Fernie Trails Alliance Association:
      • Enhance sections of the Heiko's and Mount Proctor trails and add washrooms, signage, and benches
      • $25,000
  • Golden:
    • Golden Cycling Club
      • Develop an accessible 3.5 km trail and add interpretive signage and picnic tables
      • $25,000
  • Invermere:
    • Summit Trail Makers Society
      • Rehabilitate Azure Lake Recreation Trail by rerouting sections and installing signage, toilets, and two bridges to mitigate environmental impacts
      • $16,333
  • Kimberley:
    • Kimberley Trails Society
      • Increase accessibility to the Bootleg Mountain Trail by developing an up-track with benches
      • $25,000
    • Meadowbrook Community Association:
      • Develop new accessible trails in the system
      • $3,150
  • Sparwood:
    • Sparwood Trails Alliance Association:
      • Connect the Meander Trail with the Great Trail
      • $22,750

Audio: Michelle D'entremont, Manager of Delivery of Benefits (on Sparwood's grant)

Audio: Michelle D'entremont, Manager of Delivery of Benefits (on Invermere's grant)

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