Blue River Trails Master Plan

The Blue River Trails Master Plan has now been completed.

The TNRD has undertaken a Trails Master Plan for the community of Blue River, which covers trails within a 7-kilometre radius of town. This includes the area west of town with trails like the Green Mile, and the area east of town that features walking paths and groomed cross-country skiing trails. The Plan also includes motorized trails within the study area, such as the Cedar Connector. Alpine riding areas are outside of this planning process.

The Trails Master Plan guides the development and management of trails in Blue River over the next 10 years, and will support the improvement and expansion of the trails network for the benefit of all trail users. The plan will also explore the potential to bring economic benefits through more year-round tourism, based on an improved trails network. The Draft Trail Plan was completed in July 2021, and the final plan was presented to the TNRD Board in August 2021. 

The Plan was developed by LEES+Associates and guided by TNRD staff and the Blue River Trails Working Group, made up of key stakeholders. There have been multiple opportunities for participation and input from the broader community, to make sure the plan reflects the priorities of Blue River residents

More About the Project 

Blue River offers excellent access to the great outdoors, and the trail network is a key component of the community’s outdoor recreation. The trails network provides opportunities for a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and motorized activities such as snowmobiling and off-roading. The network includes trails that are authorized and maintained by the TNRD or local user groups; trails that are unauthorized but commonly used; and a vast network of forest service roads.

There is potential to bring economic benefits through more year-round tourism based on an improved trails network. Blue River’s spectacular natural environment, direct links to large population centres, and status as a renowned destination for snowmobiling and heli-skiing present an opportunity for tourism-related development that draws on the community’s existing strengths. Recent mountain biking trail initiatives in nearby communities such as Valemount, Clearwater and Simpcw First Nation, provide a foundation to build on.

Project Timeline

  • May 2021: Public Engagement Round 1: Online Survey and Workshop
  • June 2021: Draft Master Plan
  • July 2021: Public Engagement Round 2: Online Survey and Open House
  • August 2021: Final Master Plan

Open House #1

A virtual open house was held on May 27, 2021 to share the project overview and objectives for the Blue River Trails Master Plan. The video can be viewed below.

Open House #2

A second virtual open house was held on July 13, 2021 to review the Blue River Trails Master Plan Action Item. The video can be viewed below.

 

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