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Building Back Better with Single Track in the Cariboo Chilcotin of BC

Building Back Better with Single Track in the Cariboo Chilcotin of BC

Photos by Josh McGarel One potential positive outcome of the Covid 19 Pandemic may be that, as a society, we havelearned we can slow down, re-evaluate and see new possibilities. Build Back Better has becomethe mantra for envisioning a healthier, sustainable and resilient world. Deep within the Chilcotin Plateau, 36km northeast of the small gold rush town of 100 Milehouse, and 123km southeast of the City of Williams Lake, the Tsq’escenemc people, the Peopleof the Broken Rock (Canim Lake First Nation), under the leadership of Kukpi7 (Chief) HelenHenderson, has embarked on a program to utilize mountain bike trails to make that vision realityfor their people. The Nation wanted to make a change, and the vision to create a commuter trail connecting thecommunity was born. However, the community didn't want just any kind of trail. They wanted something unique,which would encourage their youth, elders, everyone to get outdoors and engage in activetransportation and healthy living. This was where Tish Diamond, the community youth coordinator and an avid rider, came in.Partnering with First Journey Trails, a professional trail building company out of Williams Lakeand the Indigenous Youth Mountain Bike Program, they worked together to create a plan for amulti-purpose walking and mountain bike flow trail along the entire length of the community. With support from the Job Creation Partnership Program, pro-builder and world-renowned free-rider James Doerfling built the trail along with three Tsq'escenemc members who receivedtraining in trail construction from trail specialist Justin Darbyshire, and local builder JeremyStowards. The results have been overwhelming. Despite the global Covid 19 pandemic, in just twenty-twoweeks, the crew managed to build a 3,196m commuter flow...
Ride safe during COVID-19

Ride safe during COVID-19

Updated June 29: After being cooped up for so long many are turning to trails to get a healthy dose of fresh air and exercise.  As a result, the trails are busy!  Here are a few tips to help keep you and other trail users safe during the COVID 19 pandemic. Avoid crowded parks and trails  Plan to ride during less busy times Don’t linger and avoid gathering in groups Bike solo or only with members of your household or social bubble Keep at least 2 metres (6 feet) from others when not riding Allow at least 10 metres (30 feet) of space when following another rider and provide at least 2 metres (6 feet) of space when passing another rider When taking breaks, move well off the trail Practice low-risk riding Wash or sanitize hands after touching communal surfaces like gates or garbage bins Stay home if you are feeling sick Stay informed and respect trail closures when posted Please act responsibly when using the trails and support your local trail association by purchasing a membership or by making a donation. Thank you and stay...
7-Day Itinerary: Interior Loop

7-Day Itinerary: Interior Loop

Follow this itinerary for a week-long trip exploring BC’s Interior to visit epic riding destinations in Kamloops, Revelstoke, Golden, Valemount, and Salmon Arm. Pair riding with beer, visiting the region’s many breweries after laps down world-class trails.

10-Day Itinerary: East Kootenays Loop

10-Day Itinerary: East Kootenays Loop

Pressed between the Rockies and the Purcell Mountain ranges lies a string of incredible mountain towns that host some of BC’s very best mountain biking. Roughly speaking, the north-south corridor carved by the Southern Rocky Mountain Trench provides everything a mountain biker is looking for.

14-Day Itinerary: Southern British Columbia Loop

14-Day Itinerary: Southern British Columbia Loop

This itinerary stops in many popular riding destinations in BC’s southern interior. Never-ending mountains with great trails mixed with cool lakes and friendly towns provide a landscape that is about as close as it gets to true mountain bike nirvana.