New Nairn Falls Connector Trail complete
November 17, 2011 – The Nairn Falls Connector, the newest portion of the Sea to Sky Trail, is now complete and open to the public.
The 2.6 kilometre route spans from One Mile Lake, just south of the Village of Pemberton, to Nairn Falls Provincial Campground. The new trail addressed water management and erosion concerns with the old route as well as challenges with steep terrain. The Nairn Falls Connector was re-routed to decrease the grade, making the trail accessible for a variety of users. Whether you cross country ski, run, bike or hike the new trail, the route has something for everyone.
"The new trail takes you through forest with some big Douglas Firs. The Dogwood trees along the route are a highlight, when those flower in the spring, it will be quite beautiful," said Allison Macdonald, Open Spaces Coordinator for the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD). "We also hope to see some cross-country skiers and snowshoers on it this winter."
Along with dogwoods, the Nairn Falls Connector boasts some of the best views in Sea to Sky Corridor with spots that overlook Mount Currie and the majestic Green River. Funding for the Nairn Falls Connector came from a Local Motion grant with matching funds from the SLRD.
"The Sea to Sky Trail is an incredible visitor and community resource for this region and the SLRD is proud to support it," said SLRD Chair Susie Gimse. "The Nairn Falls Connector is a major milestone for the Sea to Sky Trail and another step toward connecting the communities in the Sea to Sky corridor."
While the completion of the Nairn Falls Connector portion of the trail system is something to celebrate, planning work will continue this winter to ensure the Sea to Sky Trail project continues to move forward. Construction of the new trail was completed by Squamish based companies Land Luggers Construction and Dream Wizards Events Ltd. The trail's gravel base will be completed next spring by Daniel Schranz Contracting Ltd. of Birken.
"We are looking to start linking up pieces of the trail from Whistler to Pemberton. There are a couple of challenging sections which will require some planning and consultation," Macdonald said.
The Nairn Falls Connector Trail is one of many "Ready to Ride" sections of the Sea to Sky Trail. While it will be years before the entire trail is complete, a large portion is ready to ride, run, hike, ski and snowshoe. Check out www.seatosky.ca/ready-to-ride and plan your next adventure in the Sea to Sky this winter.
Throughout the summer, the Nairn Falls Connector was one of several routes to have signage installed. Crews erected trailhead signs in over 15 different locations on the Sea to Sky Trail along with several way-finding signs. The trailhead signs include comprehensive maps with information on public parking, drinking water and washrooms.
About the Sea to Sky Trail Project
The Sea to Sky Trail is a 180-kilometre, non-motorized, multi-use trail that literally connects the communities of the Sea to Sky Corridor, from Squamish to D’Arcy.
It provides a family-friendly, full outdoor experience of the spectacular Coast Mountains and specifically the Sea to Sky Corridor. It covers a diverse range of ecology from the spectacular coastal environment of Squamish through the Whistler Valley Mountains pass to the interior ponderosa pines of D’Arcy.
The Sea to Sky Trail project is made possible by the Squamish Lillooet Regional District and partners such as the District of Squamish, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, Village of Pemberton, Dakine, Trails BC and the Government of BC. The Sea to Sky trail is part of the shared traditional territories of the Lil’wat, Squamish and In-SHUCK-ch First Nations. For more information on how to become a sponsor or to get involved with the Sea to Sky Trail Project, visit seatoskytrail.ca.