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SMBA Mtn Bike Trail Application

Recreation Sites and Trails BC, a division of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, is requesting comments on an application to develop and manage a network of mountain bike trails in the Seymour area of Hudson Bay Mountain.

The Smithers Mountain Bike Association (SMBA) submitted the application to allow it to build new trails and enhance existing trails within the Wetzin’kwa Community Forest. SMBA also wishes to enter into a partnership agreement with the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts to manage mountain biking activities in the area.

The following link will download a file contains a comment form, a cover letter from the District Recreation Officer and a copy of the application.

Mountain Bike Trails Referral Apr2010 (3.7 MB PDF)

NEW custom map compiled from public sources: Existing and proposed trails core ecosystem zone (500 KB PDF)

The referral asks that comments to be made by May 28, 2010. Verbal responses are also accepted.

Kevin Eskelin – District Recreation Officer
Phone: (250) 847-6337 Fax: (250) 250-847-6353

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts
Recreation, Sites & Trails Branch
Bag 6000, 3333 Tatlow Road
Smithers BC V0J 2N0

  1. Posted by Amy Copland, 3 May 2010, 16:24

    My comments to Kevin Esseltine:

    I am writing to express my support for this trail building project.

    I am a middle-aged mother of two boys, aged 9 & 11. Despite the spread of 35-odd years between my kids and I, this trail system will be of benefit to all of us because:

    1. My kids are keen off-road riders, and these trails will be appropriate for their age & ability.
    2. I am an ex-National Team bike racer (road cycling) and like mountain biking as an alternative to running, and these trails will be appropriate for my ability.

    As part of my past cross-training and recreational riding, I have had the opportunity to ride purpose-built mountain bike trails in other parts of the country including Whistler, Victoria, Canmore, southern Manitoba and near Halifax, Nova Scotia. A purpose-built mountain bike trail is a joy to ride on; minimizes poor riding technique that leads to erosion and water management problems; minimizes user conflicts on existing hiking trails; and is much safer to ride than trails built for other purposes.

    The existing trails in the Bluff area of Smithers area are wonderful — but for the most part, well beyond the ability of myself and my kids. (I know better due to the school of hard knocks, so I refuse to let my kids on them until they are older, stronger and more skilled!) The Perimetre Trail is at the other end of the spectrum, but we have ridden every square inch of it thousands of times over since my kids were born (they were first in bike trailers, then on training wheels, and now ride independently) and we are very ready for something more challenging, but there is nothing suitable, other than perhaps the trails at Call Lake which are fairly limited.

    I believe this proposed beginner/intermediate trail network is an important addition to the range of recreational opportunities in the Bulkley Valley, and will serve a very large segment of the local and visiting population that spans a wide range of age and ability.

    All-in-all, an excellent idea that we are eagerly anticipating.


    Amy Copland
    Smithers resident

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