As the Alaska Highway is currently part of the Trans Canada Trail, the City was asked to re-designate part of its existing trail system to join it. Trails B.C. is looking to include more off-highway options, to promote healthy, physically active, non-motorized activities in northeast B.C.
At Tuesday's City Council meeting, council voted to support the re-designation of the portion of the trail along the East Bypass Road between 85 Avenue and 112 Avenue, using the route along 86 Street around the hospital. The trail would also need to connect to the highway using exiting roads on each side of the City.
However, the Charlie Lake Conservation Society has also proposed extending the trail system west to Charlie Lake. There is some funding available for planning projects from Trans Canada trails, but it must be approved and used before March 31, 2013. The Society will be approaching the Peace River Regional District looking for support for the grant application.
If adding the bypass walking trail to the route gets finalized, free signage will be affixed to existing trail markers.
The Trans Canada Trail Foundation aims to have a 100 per cent complete trail with no gaps by July 1, 2017. Additional routes are also being proposed in Dawson Creek and along the Kiskatinaw River.