>> BY GLEN WESTRUP
By the time you read this, the BC Interior Forestry Museum Society will have commenced building trails from the Forestry Museum, down through the land on the knoll, overlooking the Log Sorting Yard, down to our 11-hectare riverside property.
The Riverside Forest Walk will consist of over three kilometres of gentle walking trails aimed and young families, senior adventurers and those lacking time for a full-day walk. We want to get people out walking and enjoying the outdoors as well as providing an educational opportunity for those who are new to the forest.
These trails will provide an outdoor experience within city limits that is open before and after mountain trails are closed by snowfall.
We will also have a 200-metre-long dog-walking trail on the knoll and a carpark with easy access to light hiking. This is a lovely open forest on simple trails following along the edge of the Columbia River.
It is very pleasant to hear the sound of the running river and the sunlight filtered through the trees with glimpses of the snowcapped peaks while walking through the moss covered forest.
In the future we will look at establishing a wheelchair-accessible loop, (hopefully with the help of the Rick Hansen Foundation.) The trails are designed to be flat or gently sloping with no creeks or wet areas to deal with. We hope to have the work complete by late-summer for community use year-round.
This project would not be possible without the support through generous grant funding from The Columbia Basin Trust and the Resort Municipality Initiative