For the second year, the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC is gathering British Columbians for a day of celebration, stewardship and education for the trails and outdoor spaces in the province.
On Saturday, June 4, outdoor groups and residents in 46 communities are hosting more than 50 events around BC Trails Day to educate on trail building and responsible recreation and introduce new trail users to outdoor recreation. A sampling of events includes:
- In Revelstoke, the Revelstoke Cycling Association is hosting an event at Mount Macpherson Trail Network. The event will include a drop-in dig day to learn and get hands-on with some trail maintenance and a kids scavenger hunt.
- In Cache Creek, the Endurance Riders Association of BC hosts the High Sage Endurance Ride.
- The Prince George ATV Club is hosting a “Trail Clean-Up, BBQ and Club Ride,” with volunteers cleaning up the mobility nature trail located at the Dougherty Creek campground.
According to Council, the province has an estimated 44,000 kilometres of recreational trails that are walked, hiked, ran and ridden by millions of locals and tourists each year, preserving the province’s natural and cultural history, and supporting community health and local economy.
“Over the last few years, more people have realized the importance of getting outside and discovering their local trails and parks, to the point of more than a 150 per cent increase in trail usage in some areas,” says Louise Pedersen, Executive Director for the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC.
“BC Trails Day is an opportunity to rally around these essential community assets, to celebrate and care for them.”
To celebrate BC Trails day on your own, find a local event or register your own at www.orcbc.ca.
Participants of events and those out and about using trails in B.C. on June 5 are asked to share their photos using #BCTrailsDay and tagging @orcbc.ca.
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