Nordics lock up funding for new trail

$20,515 grant to build new non-motorized multi-use trail loop

100 Mile House will have 12 kilometres of new multi-use trail for outdoor enthusiasts to explore following a $20,515 funding announcement by the federal government on July 25.

The 100 Mile Nordics Ski Society was granted the funds to develop a new non-motorized multi-use trail loop connected to the existing trail system at 99 Mile Hill.

The trail loop will be suitable for walking and biking during the spring, summer and fall months, and for skiing during the winter.

The funding will cover the cost of gravelling the trail, which will create a nice even surface and help protect the trail from rutting in the summer months, making it easier for grooming during the winter, explains Nordics member Kathleen Rottluff.

“This new trail loop will be easy terrain, suitable for all ages and all levels of skiers, bikers and walkers. There will be no user fee for these trails during the non-winter months. Trail development should be complete by the fall of 2016.”

The 100 Mile Nordics Ski Society’s facility and ski trails are located just south of 100 Mile House and offer over 50 kilometres of groomed cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails to the public for a user fee.

The funding announced on July 25 is on behalf of Western Economic Diversification Canada, a 25 year old program aimed at diversifying the western economy and benefiting western Canadians, and the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program, an infrastructure-related initiative that celebrates Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation in 2017.

A total of $105,785 was announced for three South Cariboo projects, which includes $41,270 to renovate the Interlakes Community Centre in Lone Butte; $44,000 to upgrade the Clinton Memorial Hall stage and basement; and the $20,515 procured by the Nordics Ski Society.

The 100 Mile Nordics Ski Society is made up of local volunteers dedicated to the sport of cross country skiing, but who also recognize the importance of providing year-round access to outdoor recreation opportunities for the community.

The 100 Mile Nordics and the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations – Recreation Sites and Trails Division – have a partnership agreement in place for the maintenance and use of the over 50 kilometres of groomed cross country ski and snowshoe trails at 99 Mile Hill.

“The renovations to this valuable communal space that is enjoyed by so many in the community will leave behind a lasting legacy that is sure to positively impact current and future generations,” says Cathy McLeod, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, in a news release. “Through investments like this one we are helping communities from coast to coast to coast celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation.”