TRAILS, RECREATION & TOURISM PLANNING

As someone who loves forests, mountain biking & the health benefits of getting outdoors, I am passionate about helping communities develop and implement plans for community recreation and sustainable tourism. 

 

Benefits of Trail Development 

The benefits of trail development include: 

  • Chronic Disease Prevention and Management – activity plays a large role in the prevention and management of chronic diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease

  • Low-Barrier Opportunity for Activity – trails offer low-barrier opportunities for activity for people with limited financial resources or physical limitations

  • Economic Diversification – nature-based tourism provides an alternative for economies reliant on resource extraction and trail development creates opportunities for skill building and job creation 

  • Amenity Migration – outdoor recreation opportunities can help to attract and retain residents in rural communities 

  • Education – trail-side signage creates opportunities to educate people regarding nature, conservation efforts as well as local history and culture

My Services

My services include:

  • Stakeholder Engagement & Consensus Building – assembling a broad range of community stakeholders (First Nations, government bodies and agencies, landowners, recreation groups and community members) to build understanding of diverse interests, foster trust and mutual respect and develop partnerships with a shared vision for trail networks

  • Trail Planning – identifying opportunities for trails that support recreation, tourism, healthy living and connections to nature

  • Recreation Studies – providing a clear vision and guidance for enhancing community living and quality of life

  • Feasibility Studies & Market Assessments – providing a clear road map to building successful tourism businesses

  • Tourism Planning – assisting communities in establishing themselves as world class destinations and distinguish themselves from competitors in discriminating tourism markets

  • Fundraising – securing funding to support trail development and related activities

  • Trail Design & Construction – in partnership with respected trail builders, designing and constructing trail networks with a strong focus on meeting community needs, protecting environmentally and culturally sensitive areas and complying with international recognized building standards

 

Project History 

Advisory Projects & Roles 

  • Best practice guidelines (developed in partnership with the Outdoor Recreation Council of BC) for working with Indigenous communities to support trails and reconciliation projects

  • Advisor to Western Canada Mountain Bike Tourism Association and International Mountain Bike Association (Canada)

Trail Projects 

  • Award winning Northern BC Mountain Bike Recreation & Tourism Strategy that brought together 12 communities and 3 regional districts to improve and promote a world-class mountain bike trail system

  • Lake Babine First Nation Trails & Recreation Strategy

  • Ulkatcho First Nation Trails & Recreation Strategy

  • ?Esdilagh First Nation Trails & Recreation Strategy

  • Nadleh Whut’en First Nation Trails & Recreation Strategy

  • Village of Gingolx Trails & Recreation Plan, 2018 (Nisga’a Nation)

  • Syéx̱w Chó:leqw Adventure Park – Skawahlook First Nation

  • Nechako Watershed Trails & Recreation Strategy (Fraser Lake, Nadleh Whut’en & Stellat’en First Nations) 

  • Boston Bar First Nation Trails & Recreation Strategy

  • Como Lake/Pillman Hill Trails Strategy, Atlin/Taku River Tlingit First Nation, Recreation Sites and Trails BC

  • Hada (Grandmothers) Trail Project, Musgamagw Dzawa'daenuxw First Nations – Bond Sound, Seat to Cedar

  • Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nation Trails & Recreation Strategy

  • Stellat’en First Nation Trails & Recreation Strategy

  • Trails to Recovery & Resilience Program – providing trail crew training for Indigenous Communities impacted by wildfires and climate change, Canada Red Cross

  • Trails & Recreation Plan, Gitlaxt’aamiks (New Aiyansh)

  • Trails & Recreation Feasibility Assessment, Penticton Indian Band

  • Simpcw McBride to Barriere Mountain Bike Recreation & Tourism Development Strategy

  • Xat’sull First Nation Trails & Tourism Infrastructure Development

  • E.C. Manning Provincial Park Trails & Mountain Bike Recreation & Tourism Feasibility Study, BC Parks

  • Williams Lake Indian Band Mountain Bike Infrastructure & Campground Marketing Strategy

  • Yale & Xat’sull First Nations’ Trails & Recreation Plans

  • Tahltan Traditional Trails & Tourism Strategy

Cultural Tourism & Campgrounds

  • RV & Campground Business Plan, Moricetown First Nation

  • Treaty 7 Management Corporation Tourism Strategic Plan

  • Xwelqamix Living Village Experience Strategy & Telte Yet Campground Business Plan (2009) Chawathil First Nation

  • Tla-o-qui-aht Nation Cultural Centre Feasibility Study

  • Bridge River First Nation Cultural Tourism Strategy

 

© 2020 Big thanks to Paul Lucas, Daniel Scott and Cecile Gambin for photos used throughout this site and Mark Gaudi for the logo for the Indigenous Youth Mountain Bike Program!