City releases new trail guide

Community Coordinator Marta Gregor holds aloft the latest edition of the Trail Guide and a wee chickadee she met along one of the many trails of Cottonwood Island Nature Park. City of Prince George photo
Community Coordinator Marta Gregor holds aloft the latest edition of the Trail Guide and a wee chickadee she met along one of the many trails of Cottonwood Island Nature Park. City of Prince George photo

Did you know that the City of Prince George maintains more than 100 kilometres of trail? It has 102 kilometres to be exact. The city just passed this “three digit milestone” with the establishment of the trail system at Cpl. Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park. The city also recently published a brand new Trail Guide to help residents learn about and locate all of the trails they have available to them just in time for the peak of the fall season – prime trail-walking time in Prince George.

“There have been so many great improvements in our parks and trails since the previous version of the Trail Guide was released in 2011 that it was time to make a more current version for residents and visitors,” said Marta Gregor, Community Coordinator, in a news release. “The guides are a popular item and staff members are frequently asked about trails and where there are spots to walk, cycle, or snowshoe.”

The guide features maps indicating the location and length of each trail, as well as how they can be accessed. The brochure actually features information about 134 kilometres of trails due to the inclusion of the Cranbrook Hill Greenway, which is not maintained by the City of Prince George. The publication also features vibrant imagery demonstrating the multi-season uses of the trails for everything from biking to hiking to snowshoeing, and provides photographic examples of the beauty of the terrain and landscape. The cuide also offers insight into trail accessibility for people with mobility challenges.

Recent trail developments:

  • Cottonwood Island Nature Park features a new footbridge at the northwest end of the island and 240 metres of trail was recently upgraded.
  • The City is developing a program to restore the riverfront from Cottonwood Island to the Cameron Street Bridge.
  • Enhanced trail connectivity at Masich Place Stadium
  • Corporal Darren Fitzpatrick Bravery Park now features a paved trail system, lighting, and an off-leash dog area.

Printed copies of the Trail Guide are free and available at City Hall and both branches of the Prince George Public Library. A digital version is also available at www.princegeorge.ca/trails.