Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail Is Upgraded with GPS Data And New Infrastructure
The beauty of the western forests and grasslands of the South Cariboo draws tourists from around the world. This beautiful landscape provides nature enthusiasts and history buffs with unique adventures to experience and explore. The entire region is linked by a network of trails and back roads that brings images of intricately patterned spider webs to mind. Access to this network varies significantly; some of the roads can be accessed in vehicles while many of the most unique sites can only be found by venturing in on ATV's, bikes, on foot or on horseback. The network connects neighboring regions and local communities, providing locals and tourists with a shared passion. While some of the trails are well marked and maintained, other trails only exist in the memories of the old-timers.
The District of 100 Mile House successfully developed a trail maintenance and promotion project in order to create tourism opportunities in the South Cariboo. The project created a project manager position for a one-year term to oversee the cleanup of approximately 50 km of existing trails, development of a multi-purpose trail, construction of a bridge at Scott Creek, updating of GPS data and trail mapping, establishment of trail maintenance and improvement and installation of trail signage to promote the newly revitalized trails. The revitalized trail network provides tourists with many breathtaking tourism opportunities featuring scenic sites, intricate trail systems and a sense of nostalgia as they revisit the historical trails that helped shape the region.
Download the study that was produced under this project and access trail maps from the District of 100 Mile House's website.
"Northern Development provided much-needed funding to undertake a general marketing strategy for the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail. This included a Marketing and Communications Plan and the development and distribution of trail brochures. Our Visitor Information Centre receives a highly positive response to these brochures, especially during the winter months. The District of 100 Mile House appreciates the support offered by Northern Development for this project, and looks forward to a continued partnership to further enhance our local economy."
Mitch Campsall, Mayor, District of 100 Mile House
Positive Economic Impacts in 100 Mile House
The South Cariboo has seen a direct economic impact from this project in the hiring of a project manager to oversee the trails and the temporary jobs that were created during the construction phase of the project.
The trails will create an economic spin off in the local community as they will encourage travelers and visitors to visit 100 Mile House and regional communities in order to explore the trail network. These trails provide tourists with top quality recreational activities and local attractions that will entice visitors to the area. Signage along the trails advertises local amenities and hotels, encouraging tourists to stay in the beautiful South Chilcotin area.
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