Cyclists, hikers get path up Golden Hill

A new path for locals and tourists

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Transport Canada, Town of Golden

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Outdoor recreation in the Golden area is getting a boost with the construction of a new trail up Golden Hill.

Families will soon be able to cycle and walk along a new paved two-metre-wide pathway on the hill that will run parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway for just over one kilometre. The path will connect to Station Avenue at the Highway 95 intersection at the west end, and with the Visitor Information Centre on Golden Donald Upper Road at the east end.

“Our government is committed to making safe and accessible sport trails and pathways, such as this one, available for pedestrians, bicyclists and other outdoor enthusiasts. We are pleased to partner in this unique greenway project that will allow people to take in the beautiful scenery of Golden while enjoying their favourite pastimes,” said Kootenay – Columbia, Member of Parliament, David Wilks.

Beyond the separate path, cyclists will be accommodated on wider highway shoulders constructed as part of the upgrades under the Kicking Horse Canyon Project.

The path will provide a safe, alternative route for pedestrians and cyclists on Golden Hill, and enhance recreation opportunities for local families and visitors. The trail will include a scenic lookout and rest spot.

“The new Golden Hill pathway will provide cyclists and hikers access to one of the most spectacular vistas in the province, with views out over Golden and the valley. We’ve also included wider shoulders as part of Highway 1 improvements, to make cycling in the region safer and more enjoyable,” Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Blair Lekstrom said.

A $1.2-million contract has been awarded to Emil Anderson Construction Ltd. of Hope. Construction is now underway, with completion targeted for October.

Total project funding of $1.55 million for the new trail is being provided through a cost-sharing arrangement between federal, provincial and municipal governments. The Government of Canada will invest up to $580, 000 under the Building Canada Fund, the Province is providing $600,000 and the remaining $370,000 is being shared by the Town of Golden and the provincial LocalMotion program.

“As a community, we are delighted to see this project go ahead. This pathway promotes a convenient, active transportation option for residents who live in the Golden Hill area. Locals and tourists will be able to enjoy a safe, scenic ride or walk off of the busy Trans Canada Highway,” Mayor of Golden Christina Benty said.

The Kicking Horse Canyon Project is in its third of four construction phases, with 18 kilometres of improved highway now open to traffic. More information is available on the project website at www.kickinghorsecanyon.ca