BHA was hired by the Powell River Regional District (PRRD) to complete a comprehensive Regional Trails Plan that will guide the future development and management of their extensive trail network. The focus of the Trails Plan is enhancing and developing tourism and ecotourism in the region, as well as creating a trails system that will contribute to a healthy and active local population. This trail network is a key component of the long term goals of the Regional District, which include attracting and retaining new residents.
Detailed analysis techniques and extensive digital mapping were implemented to create a comprehensive overview of the existing and proposed trail elements. This was coupled with an in-depth stakeholder consultation process that included a working group and public consultation. The Regional Trails Plan summarizes the resultant priority trails and trail amenities for the PRRD. In addition, BHA has put together a document outlining best practices for the development and maintenance of trails, including trail standards and signage standards. A detailed Implementation Plan will ensure that this Regional Trails Plan is an actionable document that will facilitate the development of the best possible trails network for the Powell River Regional District.