September 1, 2015 SIMPCW (Chu Chua) – people from throughout the McBride to Barriere Corridor will have an opportunity to learn how to build world-class single-track trails for hiking and mountain biking.

The workshop will take place on Saturday and Sunday September 12 & 13 at the Simpcw Nation community Hall (500 Dunn Lake Rd, Barriere, BC) from 9am to 4pm.

The workshop is open to any group or individual interested.  There are no fees to attend.

The Simpcw First Nation received $45,000 from the BC government to identify how Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities can collaborate and pursue new opportunities in the region’s growing mountain bike and tourism industry.  Other communities such as the Thompson Nicola Regional District and the Simpcw Nation have contributed to the project.

The trail building workshop is also being supported by MNP and Recreation Sites & Trails BC.

The trail building workshop will allow Simpcw members, as well as representatives from communities and community organizations from throughout the area, to learn about sustainable trail building and maintenance techniques and practises.  The workshop will provide the skills and capacity for local communities to build trails throughout the McBride to Barriere Corridor.

The workshop will be facilitated by Mark Wood from the Arc’teryx NSMBA North Shore Trail Builders Academy.  The Academy is a program operated by the North Shore Mountain Bike Association providing training in modern trail building techniques to assess, build and maintain trails focused on long-term sustainability and a positive user experience.

Labour Market Partnerships are a component of the Employment Program of BC’s Community and Employer Partnerships fund for projects that share labour market information and increase employability throughout the province. Labour Market Partnerships fund projects that support employers, employee and employer associations and communities to develop strategies to deal with worker shortages or changes in the job market. Projects that provide opportunities for people who are often disadvantaged in the workforce, such as Aboriginal people, people with disabilities and youth, are encouraged.


Learn More:

For information on the Simpcw First Nation:

For more information on the Simpcw First Nation Mountain Bike Recreation & Tourism Initiative:

For information on the NSMBA Northshore Trail Builders Academy:

For information on the Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association:

For information on Community & Employer Partnerships:


Patrick Lucas, mcip rpp

Community Planner + Project Lead