Andreas Thoni aboard his mini excavator in the brand new section of trail

New multi-use trail taking shape in Hagensborg

Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) is funding a new section of trail in Hagensborg

Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) has recently started construction on a new section of trail in the Bella Coola Valley, a 1.7 kilometer loop that hooks into the already established “Hagensborg Loop Trail” and heads east towards Nooklikonnik Creek, as of press time it was half-way complete.

It’s known as the “Schoolhouse X-Country One Trail” for now, but the hope is to re-name it through a community consultation process in the near future.

This area was identified as a top priority in the Bella Coola Valley Mountain Bike Trails Master Plan due to its location, high use, and accessibility. The trail will be a multi-use trail and open to hikers and runners, however this new section of trail will be focused on non-motorized recreation and has been built with a mountain bike focus.

“This is a great location to start the work because it is so accessible,” said Kerry Phillips, Resource Technician with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development. “It’s an easy trail that is great for beginners, but it also has sections that more experienced bikers will appreciate. Once it’s completed it will give us a centrally located, easily accessible trail that joins into the already established Hagensborg Loop trail.”

Thomas Schoen, an experienced consultant from Williams Lake, with support from local community groups completed a Mountain Bike Trail Master Plan for the Bella Coola Valley this year. The plan proposes a series of mountain bike trail areas using existing and new trails that will help develop the Valley as a mountain bike destination, as well as promote the sport within the local community.

Over three dozen existing trails within three networks were identified as viable for expansion with varying degrees of difficulty, these include Medby Rock (East Nusatsum), Schoolhouse Falls and Hagensborg Loop Trail.

“Some of future trails will be steeper, mountain bike only trails,” Phillips explained. “However, the majority are designed to accommodate both hikers and bikers.”

Funding for this project is being provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Recreation Sites and Trails BC (RSTBC) who are responsible for expanding and maintaining recreation sites and trails in B.C. The Bella Coola Trails Alliance, made up of local volunteers, has been working closely with RSTBC through a partnership agreement to maintain the current recreation sites and trails here in the Valley.

Expert trail builder Andreas Thoni from Valemount, B.C., has been onsite since the beginning of October with his machine laying out the route. He’s being assisted by the trail building crew from Totem Sawmills, who are refining the trail as he moves along.

“The Totem Sawmills trail building crew is working alongside Andreas, which is great because now we’ll have more local capacity for future projects,” Phillips explained. “All the trails will be built to the International Mountain Biking Association and Whistler Trail standards.”

Phillips said that the main impetus for the trail building is to involve the local community in a positive and meaningful way.

“It’s really about engaging the community, the stakeholders, and promoting healthy living and sport for our locals, especially our youth,” she explained. “We want to ensure these trails are accessible and able to be enjoyed by all members of our community.”

For more information you can check out updates on Bella Coola Valley Trails Alliance Facebook page.

Just Posted

Over thirteen percent of Bella Coola residents rely on Food Bank

Demand for Christmas Hampers up by 45 families this year

Site C dam goes ahead, cost estimate now up to $10.7 billion

Premier John Horgan says Christy Clark left him no other choice

Verdict to be delivered December 15 for three on trial in Anahim murders

The fates of Christian Craciun, Andrew Jongbloets, and Serena Rhem (Mack) will be decided on December 15 at 10am.

‘I fell asleep’ admits second mate in Nathan E. Stewart fuel spill

The tug spilled more than 100,000 litres of diesel off B.C.’s northern coast

Northwest’s new MRI hits milestone

Stakeholders celebrate 500th scan of diagnostic imaging device

VIDEO: New series takes in-depth look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Black Press takes a hard look at sexual harassment in B.C.

Horgan says pot smokers may face same outdoor rules as cigarette smokers

B.C. is developing its rules on recreational marijuana

Truck driver volunteers to take dog lost in B.C. back home to Alberta

Frankie, a pit bull service dog, was found wandering in the Lower Mainland

B.C. teacher suspended after explicit images projected to class

Jeffrey Rohin Muthanna had been viewing porn on a school laptop for two years

Man who pledged to give B.C. hockey team millions charged with fraud

Mike Gould has since repaid $8,000 he allegedly owed Cranbrook restaurant, owner says

Strong economy fuels housing sales in B.C.: report

Economist says demand for houses is being supported by a large number of millennials entering the market

Tequila, hammers and knives: what not to bring on an airplane

Vancouver International Airport staff provide tips on travelling during the holidays

New fighter-jet competition to have national ‘economic interest’ requirement

Trudeau government wants to replace Canada’s aging CF-18s with 88 new fighters by as early as 2025

The top-binged shows on Netflix in 2017

Which show did you cheat on your spouse with by watching ahead?

Most Read