Through the Province of BC's Targeted Regional Tourism Development Initiative Fund (TRTDI), Northern BC Tourism Association, Ride Valemount (VARDA) and other sponsors, were able to fund the construction of the Zen Garden Trail and two kiosks in the new Swift Creek staging area at Valemount Bike Park.
This project, adds more variety to the trail network and has become popular with new riders, hikers, runners along with the biking community. The trail encompasses nearly 200 meters of board walk and 9 bridges crossing a creek!
"The Zen Garden has become so much more than just an mountain biking trail. Many non-biking members of our community have visited the trail just to walk, sit, listen and relax in the beautiful area. Our community offers a huge thank you to Northern BC Tourism for supporting this great initiative." Curtis Pawliuk, General Manager, VARDA
The funding for this project is part of a larger allotment of funding to mountain bike clubs and associations throughout Northern BC, which is meant to elevate the mountain biking experience in the region through infrastructure, trail and signage upgrades at mountain bike trail networks throughout the region. Develop signage at multiple mountain biking locations that link the different trail networks together and create a more cohesive visitor experience.
These projects directly support actions in both the Northwest and Northeast Destination Development Plan by building on the provincial mountain biking sector work and the Northern BC Mountain Bike Strategy that have been completed to further develop mountain biking in areas of Northern BC that have the attributes that would make them competitive.