Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, has announced funding today through the National Recreational Trail Program in Valemount.
“Families, residents and visitors will soon benefit from upgrades to the Valemount Mountain Bike Park and Valemount Recreation Trail Rehabilitation,” said McLeod.
Canada has a vast network of recreational trails which allow Canadians to experience the outdoors and appreciate this country’s natural beauty. Thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition, $10 million has been made available between 2014 and 2016 to help expand and rehabilitate Canada’s snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail system.
The Valemount Mountain Bike Park received $68,000 for trail and bridge construction, while Valemount’s Recreation Trail Rehabilitation will receive $20,250 in trail upgrades and brushing.
“The NTC was founded in the belief that trail users and volunteer trail builders/managers can achieve much more working collaboratively and supporting each other’s goals. Thanks to the support of the federal government, trail users have once again been able to apply for project grant money. These additional funds of $10 million from the federal government will ensure the revitalization of recreational trails across our country and provide individuals and families with the opportunity to enjoy quality outdoor infrastructure and continue to live active and healthy lives,” said Jo-Anne Farquhar, president of the National Trails Coalition board of directors
“Our government is pleased to support these projects as part of our efforts to expand and improve recreational and multi-purpose trails across the country. By investing in trail infrastructure, our government is encouraging job creation, linking communities and increasing recreational opportunities for Canadians. Through this commitment, we are continuing to support economic growth from coast to coast to coast while ensuring that Canadian communities remain among the best in the world to live,” said McLeod.
This funding will help build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling.
Between 150 and 200 projects are expected to be supported across Canada. The National Trails Coalition is responsible for selecting and approving projects.