- Our Town
Ashcroft and Cache Creek featured in new Trail Guide
Gold Country Communities Society (GCCS) has produced a new trail guide, which highlights trails located in, or adjacent to, various GCCS communities. The new guide follows in the footsteps of a previous one printed four years ago, but which has been unavailable for some time.
“We did 10,000 copies of the [first] guide, and we ran out quite quickly,” says GCCS chief operating officer Terri Hadwin. “But we needed funding to do another one.”
That funding was forthcoming in 2016 from Northern Development Initiative Trust and Destination BC, with GCCS also contributing money to the project.
“In the previous guide there were some GCCS communities that weren’t highlighted,” says Hadwin. “It was a question of timing for the funding. We either had to go ahead quickly, or give the money back. And I don’t like to give the money back.”
When funding was secured for the new guide, GCCS immediately contacted area communities and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD), asking them what trails they would like to have included. “This time we cut some of the trails [in the first guide] to make room, and make sure each community was highlighted,”
The Village of Ashcroft put forward the Inukshuk Trail on the Mesa, while the Village of Cache Creek suggested the recreational trail through the Cache Creek Park. Both made the guide.
“The Inukshuk Trail is one of my favourites,” says Hadwin. “And the Cache Creek trail is a great addition to the guide: it’s within the community and is wheelchair accessible.” Other new additions include the Tom Lacey Memorial Trail in Merritt and the Brookmere Great Trail, which incorporates some of the old Kettle Valley Railway line.
Each trail has a full page map, as well as a brief description of the nearest community, a description of the trail (including its length and level of difficulty), and directions and parking instructions. There are also maps of the GCCS, information about its heritage and history, and photographs taken throughout the region.
Hadwin says the new guides should be available this week, and will be distributed to all the visitor centres throughout the region. “They go very quickly and easily at the visitor centres,” notes Hadwin, adding that specific businesses and other outlets that think the guides would be a good fit for them can also obtain copies. There is no charge for the guides.
For more information, and to see a copy of the new guide online, go to www.exploregoldcountry.com.