Projects plentiful at Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park – by Noel Eddy, Cochrane Now

The first of what is hoped to be three sunshades in the Glenbow Ranch Provincial Park is now being enjoyed by park visitors.

The sunshade was funded by The Great Trail (Trans Canada Trail) in honour of Alberta statesman and former premier Jim Prentice, who was known for his passionate support and interest in parks and conservation.

Designed and built by Capital Renovations, the shelter is meant to look like a traditional farmer’s lean-to with plenty of seating for a rest or picnic. The wide opening of the shelter was designed with wheelchairs and large strollers in mind. It’s located on the west side of the park along the Bowbend Trail.

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The construction of this sunshade was completed last week. It was funded by the Trans Canada Trail in memory of Jim Prentice, Alberta statesman and former premier. (Photo/GRPF Facebook)

North Vancouver cyclist plans to ride across Canada wearing a face mask – Vancouver News

Jake Musgrave wants to raise awareness, funds for COVID-19 and leukemia research

a day ago By: Ben Bengtson

Jake Musgrave knows what it’s like to lose somebody close to you. Now, as a pandemic threatens people’s well-being the world over, he’s raising awareness and money so others don’t have to go through a similarly heartbreaking experience.

At the end of August Musgrave plans to bike across Canada, from Horseshoe Bay to Halifax, to raise money for leukemia research – as well as those impacted by COVID-19.

Musgrave, a lifelong North Vancouver resident, lost his dad, Randy, to leukemia when he was just eight years old.

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New hiking trail forged out of ‘blood, sweat and beer’ — and a family’s generosity

William’s Trail is a tribute to former lighthouse keeper William Mitchell

Julia Wright · CBC News · Posted: Aug 08, 2020 7:00 AM

Mispec, southeast of Saint John, is known for its small population and breathtakingly expansive scenery. 

On a summer afternoon, views of the Bay of Fundy unroll along Red Head Road like a glittering carpet stretching all the way to Partridge Island. 

Now, after three months of “blood, sweat, blisters and beer,”  that stunning shoreline is home to a brand-new hiking trail. 

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Trail fees in Bighorn Country being discussed as area becomes overrun with campers – City News

by Taylor Braat, Derek Craddock

POSTED AUG 4, 2020 8:39 AM MDT

https://edmonton.citynews.ca/video/iframe/593482582001/SyxzIeNcgb/6177858256001?auto_play_switch=false

CALGARY (CityNews) – The Bighorn Country area has been overrun with campers, garbage, and a lack of social distancing. Now trail fees are being discussed at the provincial level.

The large piece of land near Sundre and Rocky Mountain House is becoming a popular go-to this summer as Albertans flock to nature, one of few reprieves from the city and the reality of COVID-19.

A June report from the Bighorn Backcountry Standing Committee said garbage is being left behind, social distancing isn’t happening, and large groups are camping in random areas.

The Alberta Hiking Association is now proposing camping fees, and it has provincial support.

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Outdoor Safety and Incident Prevention – An Outdoor Recreation Council of BC Webinar

The Outdoor Recreation Council of BC is the host for a live webinar on outdoor safety and trip planning with presentations from AdventureSmart’s Sandra Riches and John Blown from North Shore Rescue.

Statistics show that each year across BC there are approximately 1,700 search and rescue incidents. They involve all types of outdoor enthusiasts, from hikers, skiers and mountain bikers to backcountry travellers, equestrians, quad riders and boaters. Join us to learn what you can do to stay safe and be properly prepared as you head into the outdoors this summer.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2325907305892528139

AdventureSmart is a national program dedicated to encouraging Canadians and visitors to Canada to “Get informed and go outdoors”. AdventureSmart combines online and on-site awareness with targeted outreach to try and reduce the number and severity of Search and Rescue Incidents.

North Shore Rescue is a volunteer community-based search and rescue team. NSR is one of BC’s busiest teams and performs approximately 130 search & rescue operations annually, with some operations lasting multiple days.

Please send your questions, comments and feedback to: outdoorrec@orcbc.ca

Ponoka residents will soon be able to enjoy newly revitalized parks and trails – Lacombe OnLine

Paving has begun for the Trail Extension Project in the Town of Ponoka. [Photo submitted by Sandra Smith, Town of Ponoka]

A number of construction projects are already underway for the beautification and revitalization of some of Ponoka’s open park spaces. 

Additionally, the Town’s trail systems are currently undergoing work to better connect the existing trails throughout the community. 

“We’re very fortunate here in Ponoka to have an ample amount of playgrounds and we provide a lot of structured recreation play. We’re happy to provide a new type of recreation that incorporates some quality of life components for residents of all ages and demographics,” said Andrew Jones, Recreation Coordinator for the Town.

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Tourism association asks province for significant stimulus package – Sun Peaks Independent News

A consortium has asked the provincial government to allocate $680 million of their planned $1.5 billion recovery package to supporting tourism, a request supported by Tourism Sun Peaks (TSP) and other regional tourism organizations.

“Assistance for the many small businesses that make up the tourism experience is crucial in maintaining a strong product for both the short and long term,” said Arlene Schieven, president of TSP. “If our member businesses are able to access some of this support, then there is a greater likelihood that they will be able to keep their doors open through these uncertain times.”

In June the province asked for input from residents and announced an online survey and series of virtual town hall meetings. 

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New safety protocols in place at Interior bike parks – Sun Peaks Independent News

After working with industry partners to ensure safety protocol complies with provincial standards, Interior B.C. resorts have opened to visitors. Guests need to be aware of new rules to safely use bike parks and trails and how these changes will continue into the winter ski season.

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Province kicks in money towards Twillingate Island Trails project – The Telegram

The Twillingate trail system will be getting some tender love and care soon.

This is after the provincial government announced more than $90,000 to help with the development, maintenance and expansion of trails in the Twillingate area.

Previously, the federal government and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency announced $273,811 towards the project.

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Now is the time to invest in renewing Canada’s outdoor recreation infrastructure – The Hill Times

The jobs and economic impact of these investments would be a great boon to all regions of Canada, including rural and remote and Indigenous communities.

When it comes to ‘shovel-ready’ projects, there are many smaller projects—improving and expanding trails, marinas, campgrounds, and other recreational infrastructure—that could be started quickly and done this fiscal year, writes Sara Anghel. Photograph courtesy of Pixabay

With warmer weather sweeping across much of our country, Canadians are venturing outside and looking for safe ways to spend time with family and friends. Outdoor recreation—be it getting on a boat and fishing, hiking through a provincial park, camping in your RV, or motoring along a wooded trail—is the perfect prescription for a lockdown-weary nation.

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