RIDING – Hitting the trails on Sunshine Mountain

September 12, 2023

Mountain bikers, hiker, skiers and snowshoers alike can take advantage of all Sunshine Mountain has to offer with the development of two new trails within the Bralorne Recreation Area.

This project is designed to increase recreation opportunities in the Bridge River Valley. With Sunshine Mountain now designated as a provincial recreation site, these new trails will attract outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds.

The two new trails are high-quality, industry standard, sustainable routes suitable for non-motorized recreation. The first trail measures approximately two kilometres in length with 408 metres of elevation gain. The second trail measures just under three kilometres in length with 547 metres of vertical.

Recreational mountain bike trails are more than just paths for avid cyclists. They offer a plethora of benefits that extend beyond biking itself, positively impacting various forms of recreation, promoting health and well-being, and boosting local economies. These trails provide a dynamic canvas for outdoor enthusiasts and serve as a testament to the harmonious coexistence of nature, sports, and economic growth.

“Since the project was completed we have noticed a massive increase in the number of people riding mountain bikes in the community, as well as an increase in the regularity of rides,” said Blake Roswell, Coordinator, Bralorne Recreation Area Advisory Committee. “We have a healthier, more active community as a direct result of NDIT funding.”

Northern Development approved $100,000 for this project from the Recreation Infrastructure program, which supports community efforts to create and support recreational infrastructure, such as arenas, gymnasiums, golf courses, fields, boat launches and others.

Photos courtesy Bridge River Valley Community Association