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A trail project representing years of hard work is ready for use by all levels of hikers.
About 50 supporters and volunteers gathered today (Friday, June 1, 2018) for the official opening of the Isobel Lake Low Mobility Trail.
The three-km. trail, designed for use by seniors, handicapped and those in wheelchairs, skirts the lake, located east of the McQueen Lake Environmental Centre.
The wide, level trail features frequent rest stops and is ideal for an easy-going outing.
Al Michel, co-ordinator of the $80,000 upgrade, which took almost five years to complete, said a circuit on the trail takes about an hour to an hour and a half.
The Kamloops Thompson Trails Alliance spearheaded the project with help from the Kamloops Hiking Club and other groups. The first part of the trail was built in 1994.
TNRD Electoral Area P (Rivers and the Peaks) director Mel Rothenburger said B.C. is blessed with many trails systems but some are in danger of being closed due to lack of resources to maintain them, so the longevity of the Isobel trail and the expansion is a credit to those who made it happen.
TNRD directors Rothenburger, Ronaye Elliott of Area J (Copper Desert Country), Bill Kershaw of Area O (Lower North Thompson), Steve Rice of Area I (Blue Sky Country), Ken Gillis of Area L (Grasslands) and Willow McDonald (Area B (Thompson Headwaters) teamed up to contribute $24,000 in gas-tax funding towards the project.
Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Peter Milobar and representatives of School District 73 and BC Parks were among the other speakers.
After a ribbon cutting and a cake cutting, those in attendance tried out the newly upgraded and accessible trail.
— Mel Rothenburger, Director, Electoral Area P, TNRD.