The Cariboo Regional District was recently approved for $30,000 in funding for the Cariboo Regional District’s Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail Improvement project.
In an effort to create a multi-purpose recreation trail network and market-ready tourism experience for central and northern B.C., the Cariboo Regional District has begun connecting pre-existing trails throughout the Cariboo,
The Gold Rush trail will offer year-round adrenaline adventures for riders, hosting snowmobilers in the winter and off roaders in the spring, summer and fall. Future phases of the trail improvements are planned to connect the trails with local services in the Cariboo such as lodging, fuel stations and restaurants. By connecting with existing amenities, trail users will be able to plan exciting outdoor adventures while also helping to boost local economies in the region.
The Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail Improvement project grant was provided through Northern Development’s Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program. The Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program provides municipalities, regional districts, First Nations bands and registered non-profit organizations with up to 50% of a project’s budget to a maximum of $30,000 in funding to improve or expand existing facilities in order to increase the number of events held annually in the community, contributing to service sector revenues in the local economy.
“The generous contribution from Northern Development Initiative Trust is allowing us to implement the measures identified in our business plan such as signage, maintenance and trail clearing,” said Steve Law, Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail Regional Manager. “This is allowing us to proceed with our ultimate goal of having a market-ready product which is safe, enjoyable and family friendly.”
“The funding from Northern Development has helped to make the vision of having a collaborative snowmobile trail network a reality,” said President of the GRST Regional Management Committee, Laurie Lautrup. “This Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail will act as a catalyst for the Cariboo’s local tourism economies, allowing riders to access more services from our communities then ever before.”
• Northern Development has already approved 42 projects through the Community Halls and Recreation Facilities program in 2014, with a combined total funding commitment of $930,461.
• Phase one of the project will connect existing trails already managed by local snowmobiling clubs to create a circle tour in the South Cariboo from 70 Mile House to the Ten-ee-ah Lodge near Lac La Hache.
• Phase two will connect existing trails around Williams Lake, while also connecting the Gold Rush Snowmobile Trail to systems around Kamloops and Clearwater.
• The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources has committed $50,000 in capital funding toward this project over three years.