Three Mackenzie projects to get catalyst funding

Terry Fox Run 2016. Photo by Megan Brumovsky

January 22, 2021

Three Mackenzie projects are among 13 in northern B.C. to receive grants through provincial catalyst funding, announced the Northern BC Tourism Association (NBCTA) today.

The $200,000 fund, one of five to be distributed through the province, was established by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, and Destination British Columbia to mitigate the impacts of recent mill closures on rural communities.

Two projects, the Morfee Mountain Downhill bike trail, and the Perimeter Trail were submitted by the Mackenzie Outdoor Route & Trail Association (MORATA) One project, the Mackenzie Tourism Plan was submitted by the District.

The Perimeter Trail has been in planning since early last year to develop an inclusive and accessible trail that links with the greater trail network surrounding Mackenzie, supporting the District’s plans to offer a tourist destination for mountain biking.

The grant for the Morfee Mountain Downhill bike trail will support an archaeological assessment for a proposed trail route on Morfee Mountain.

“Communities throughout northern B.C. have felt the impacts of mill closures and curtailments, this funding is a key part of rebuilding resilience in those communities,” said Clint Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of NBCTA.

Other recipients included projects in Fort St. John, Fort St. James, District of Taylor, Fraser Lake, Houston, Chetwynd, Fort Nelson and Stellat’en First Nation.

Source: Northern BC Tourism Association

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