A trail connecting Kimberley’s ski hill to the downtown area should be finished this summer.
The city is making use of a BikeBC Grant worth over 72 thousand dollars to cover half of the cost to complete the Peaks to Platzl trail.
Economic Development Officer Kevin Wilson says this project should help tourists connect to the community’s trail network.
“About 30,000 visitors go to the Kimberley Visitor Centre, but they have to travel a narrow pathway along the highway to get from downtown to the trail head,” Wilson says. “There will be benefits to commuters and to people travelling from residential properties and condos at the resort to downtown.”
Wilson says the new path will improve the experience of tourists, giving easier access to attractions around the community.
“People are going to be able to follow this seperated pathway to all of those amenities, as well as travel from the resort area to the downtown area, where we have 26 restaurants and dozens of retail shopping experiences” Wilson says. “It should just make it a more positive experience for locals and visitors alike.”
The city also received six thousand dollars from BC Hydro’s Tree Canada program, which will see trees planted along the new connector trail.
– Kimberley’s Economic Development Officer, Kevin Wilson
– Jeff Johnson