WNMS partners with BC Parks to enhance area parks

sukunka falls

Sukunka Falls

Charles Helm

Through the Parks Enhancement Fund, the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society has worked for the second consecutive year with BC Parks to provide enhancements to provincial parks in the Tumbler Ridge area. In both years $5,000 of funding was provided after a successful application process.

In 2014–15 projects included interpretive signage at Kinuseo Falls and Gwillim Lake, and a new printing of the interpretive hiking brochure for the Stone Corral Trail in Monkman Provincial Park.

For 2015–16 interpretive signage was developed for the following provincial parks: Wapiti Lake, Hole in the Wall, Sukunka Falls and Bearhole Lake. These 40”x30” signs will welcome visitors to these parks and provide background historical information as well as featuring geological and scenic attractions.

Duplicates of the signs are being installed outside the Dinosaur Discovery Gallery in Tumbler Ridge, so that visitors to Tumbler Ridge can at a glance learn about all the provincial parks within the Tumbler Ridge UNESCO Global Geopark.

In addition five further signs were developed for installation in Monkman Provincial Park: a trailhead sign for the Lake Joan trail, a sign for the campground area interpreting the heroic efforts of the Monkman Pass pioneers, and three smaller signs celebrating and interpreting the area’s geology and the history of the last 80 years.

A portion of the funding was used to develop a Driving Tour brochure to Hole in the Wall for visitors to Tumbler Ridge. Three provincial parks are featured in this brochure, along with numerous other attractions en route. An updated brochure for the increasingly popular hiking excursion to The Cascades and Monkman Lake was also developed.

WNMS also enters annually into a Volunteer Partnership Agreement with BC Parks, whereby its volunteers help maintain and improve hiking trails within the parks. In 2015 the Portage Trail was re-established by these volunteers, enabling access to the downstream viewsite at Kinuseo Falls, one of BC’s most iconic views. In addition a picnic site was established where Imperial Creek joins the Murray River. Every year WNMS also maintains the Stone Corral Trail and Lake Joan Trail, as well as the Lakefront Trail in Gwillim Provincial Park.

WNMS appreciates the opportunity to contribute productively to the superb system of parks in the Tumbler Ridge area through these programs.