Cariboo Regional District Invests In Horse Lake Training Centre Improvements

Cariboo Regional District

2012- The Horse Lake Training Centre in 100 Mile House is a unique facility contributing to local social and economical well-being. The training centre is regularly used by over 240 members and is  is governed by a registered charity, of which the executives and directors are comprised of members of the regular user groups that include the Rocky Mountain Ranger Cadets, C-Nile Shooter Club, South Cariboo Search & Rescue, Lone Butte Fish and Wildlife, youth and adult shooting teams, as well as the Canadian Rangers.

The Horse Lake Training Centre was used in the BC Northern Winter Games for many events and also continues to draw in visitors from throughout the region to compete in the facility. A number of the groups use the facility for training for International Practical Shooting Confederation shooting, a dynamic shooting sport where the principles of accuracy, speed and power are balanced in a unique scoring system, and biathlon, both of which are Olympic events.

RMR Cadet Corp was formed in 1972 for youth that usually cannot afford extracurricular activities. Through this program, they are taught orienteering, canoeing, mountaineering, first aid training, cold weather survival, skiing etc. The Horse Lake Training Centre is the central training and storage facility for the Cadets in the Interior of British Columbia.

Another user group that relies on this improved facility is the C-Nile Shooters, a boys and girls club that teaches youth safe responsible gun handling, disciplines in trap, skeet, and sporting clays. The youth practice and host competitions as well as compete throughout the province.

South Cariboo Search & Rescue is an emergency service organization that hosts workshops and training sessions at the Horse Lake Training Centre. Aside from responses and regular member training, South Cariboo Search and Rescue also hosts Adventure Smart programs, teaching young children what to do if they become lost, as well as holding 1st aid classes and specialty training such as avalanche response, human tracking, and bear aware classes.

The Horse Lake Training Centre was originally constructed in 2001 by volunteers who successfully raised over $250,000 for the project. With funding assistance from Northern Development, the facility received the final upgrades required to complete the project in 2006.

Positive Economic Impacts in 100 Mile House

The Horse Lake Training Centre contributes to the diversity of 100 Mile House local economy by supporting a range of specialized user groups that attract a variety of events for visitors to participate in training and competitive events hosted within the community. This facility promotes a variety of experiences for people from all walks of life within the community of 100 Mile House and the surrounding South Cariboo region.