The historic town of Barkerville became the most recent community in the Cariboo-Chilcotin to unveil a new accessible trail, June 27.
The Barkerville Cemetery Accessible Trail (BCAT) was built in partnership formed by the Cariboo Regional District (CRD), the Barkerville Heritage Trust, Friends of Barkerville, Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT), Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC) and the provincial government’s BC Community Recreation Program.
The completion of this new accessible trail adds another great feature to the popular historic town of Barkerville, says Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Coralee Oakes.
“I applaud the work and leadership of the CRD, and the many businesses and individuals whose support and financial contributions have made this new trail a reality. Together, you have created a valuable public gathering place for individuals of all levels of mobility to enjoy for years to come.”
Approximately 750 metres long, the BCAT follows along of a portion of the old Cariboo Wagon Road, providing a unique route between the Barkerville town site and the Barkerville Cemetery.
CRD Electoral Area C Director John Massier says he was pleased to officially open another trail in the Cariboo-Chilcotin and take the next step towards developing the region as an accessible and inclusive tourism destination.
“Partnering with Barkerville, the province, NDIT and CCBAC has helped us expand access to this site to those with limited mobility. I know it will be an outdoor attraction for both residents and tourists.”
Five rest stops are interspersed along the trail route and an informational kiosk is provided for users’ convenience. The trail has a packed, six-foot-wide crushed gravel surface with a gentle grade and sections of moderate difficulty.
The official trail opening is the completion of a vision to connect the Barkerville site and the Barkerville Cemetery in an inclusive way, says ED Coleman, Barkerville Historic Town’s chief executive officer.
“The Barkerville Heritage Trust is very excited to provide an additional opportunity for people of all mobility levels to enjoy Barkerville’s rich history, and we would like to thank everyone who helped make this trail a reality.”
The BCAT means more people will be able to learn about and enjoy the incredible history behind B.C.’s Cariboo region, says Janine North, Northern Development Initiative Trust CEO.
Northern Development is proud to have played a small role in helping to make this first-class attraction more accessible, she adds.
The Cariboo Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition is excited to be a part of this regional project, says CCBAC chair Bob Simpson.
The trail is located 81 kilometres east of Quesnel on Highway 26. Ongoing management of the site is provided by the Barkerville Heritage Trust.
For further information about the growing list of accessible trails within the CRD, visit cariboord.ca and look under services/recreation.