In a dramatic development $250 000 of provincial funding has been made available for the improvement and maintenance of the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society’s hiking trail system and the Forest Recreation Sites in the Tumbler Ridge area. The funding source is the Job Opportunities Program, for displaced forestry workers. The successful proposal for this funding was submitted by Gordon Bryan and Dunne Za Ventures. Starting in the next few weeks, a five person crew will start work on the recreation sites, then work its way through all of the thirty WNMS hiking trails, removing beetle-killed trees and other danger trees, removing roots, and improving signage, benches, bridges and safety features.
Perhaps most exciting, there will be new trail development along routes already identified and flagged by WNMS, such as the Bergeron Falls Circular Route. This route leads to the foot of the tallest accessible waterfall in the region, and will create another flagship trail for Tumbler Ridge and boost its opportunities for residents and its tourist potential. Depending on funding, there may even be an opportunity for small hut development.
Throughout the summer, the work crew and WNMS will be working closely with Tim Bennett, Recreation Officer for the region for the Ministry of Tourism, in implementing this project. Another substantial benefit of this funded trail-work is that it allows the WNMS volunteers more time to develop and mark the new Emperor’s Challenge route on Babcock Mountain.