September 2012 has turned out to be an absolutely spectalar one weather-wise. Ten days of beautiful blue skies provided ideal fieldwork conditions as IMBA Canada embarks on developing another trails masterplan for a community along the Yellowhead Highway (16) in northern British Columbia.
Back in the summer & fall of 2011 both the first Canadian Trail Care Crew and Trail Solutions had the privilege of traveling to western Newfoundland to work on a series of major planning & design projects. The first of these was the development of the Corner Brook Masterplan while the others focused on trail development in the stunning Gros Morne National Park.
In the wake of IMBA Canada Trail Solutions' visit to Valemount BC last month various local media outlets have released three stories on the project and we thought we'd pass them along for our membership to check out. Daniel has just returned to his office on the Sunshine Coast after a 41 day work tour of western Canada which included the fieldwork component of this project and will be hunkering down to get to work on the design document over the next couple of weeks so stay tuned for more info in the late summer / early fall!
Greetings IMBA members. Hope everyone had a safe, fun-filled holidays and is settling into their respective winter activities while preparing for the snow to melt and trails to open once more. While waiting I thought I’d take some time to get you up to speed on all the work that IMBA Canada’s Trail Solutions program has had the privileged of being involved in through the seasons of 2011.
Wascana Provincial Recreation Site Trails Masterplan in Development Regina, Saskatchewan
With the off-road handcycle trail project underway at the Wascana Provincial Recreation Site it became apparent to Parks that there was a lot more potential for trail recreation. As a result of IMBA Canada’s work (both with the Trail Care Crew and Trail Solutions) the Province requested that we be retained to expand on the handcycle trail plan and develop a full trails masterplan for the site.
Following the month of design work in Corner Brook, dialogue was initiated between various interested parties in western Newfoundland. The focus of much of these discussions was on expanding the trail offerings outside of the City and highlighting other terrain in the area.
For those who are familiar with Gros Morne National Park, it is one of the post card parks within Canada due to its dramatic landscapes complete with ocean shorelines, mountains and classic Newfoundland bog.
Years ago, most surveyors that visited Crowsnest Pass, Alberta did so in order to discover coal. This past month, however, Daniel Scott was in search of something else entirely… mint mountain bike trail terrain.
This past weekend, I was back in Canmore at the Nordic Centre for another IMBA workshop. It was but one event within a large selection of activities going on in the area during the Canmore Trails Weekend. Our goal for this workshop was to focus our attention on the 1 km singletrack “novice loop” that we began construction on during our last visit.