Scenic and historic trails in the North Thompson will be spruced up over the next several months through a job creation project.
Lower North Thompson Community Forest Society has been provided $243,590 to support the project through B.C.’s Community and Employer Partnerships program. Up to eight job seekers in the Barriere and Clearwater area, including members of the Simpc’w First Nation, will gain trail clearing, milling and carpentry skills.
The North Thompson Valley, with its alpine forests, mountain landscapes and backcountry terrain, is an increasingly popular eco-tourism destination for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. The project will expand recreation and tourism opportunities and stimulate economic growth in the region while providing work experience.
An initial intake of participants will complete trail clearing and restoration work this spring and summer in Little Fort, 31 km north of Barriere. Participants will help clear the 3 Mile Falls, 3 Mile Creek and Baldy Mountain Fire Lookout access trails. The historic Hudson’s Bay Company Brigade Trail will also be expanded through this project when participants complete trail clearing and sign installation from Lynn Lake to Eakin Creek.
Starting in October, a second intake of participants will gain skills and experience in milling and carpentry as they build picnic tables, benches and shelters for recreation sites in Barriere.