On Oct. 4 the Pemberton Valley Trails Association collaborated with the Lil’wat Nation, BC Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program, Joyride Bike Parks, and community members to turn four small piles of earth into a series of world-class dirt jumps.
The project represents a first step toward providing Lil’wat youth improved access to a safe and healthy activity close to their home in Xit’olacw. Volunteer support provided the backbone of this project and was vital to its successful completion.
Thanks are due to Alfonse Wallace and Graham Haywood who proved key to securing permission for the new amenity. Patrick Lucas with the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program did a great job of bringing a variety of parties together. Joyride staff Justin Wyper and Will Clifford, with assistance from professional trail builders Seb Kemp and Zander Strathearn, provided excellent vision and direction for the volunteers. Ultimately, the greatest thanks are due to the Lil’wat youth who worked throughout the day to see the first stage of this project to completion. The future of Mount Currie youth is bright!
Director of trails, Pemberton Valley Trails Association