A new hiking challenge launched in the frontier motivates residents, as well as visitors to the area, to get outside, explore local trails, have fun and win prizes along the way.
To celebrate this year the 125and anniversary of Grand Forks, the ‘Hike our Story’ challenge is a collaboration between the outdoor enthusiasts of the Kootenay Boundary Regional District Recreation Commission and the Grand Forks Community Trails Society.
Their collective goal is to empower people through connectedness with nature and to develop an appreciation for Indigenous heritage.
By the end of June, when the Challenge has finished its course, the hope is that all participants will have discovered new routes as well as the heritage behind them by walking in the footsteps of others who have gone before them.
With many local sponsors on board offering weekly prizes, it is also hoped that Boundary businesses sponsoring the event will get a share of the action and benefit from subsequent attendance.
“This initiative will put more boots on the ground and help increase the visibility of our local businesses and trails which are full of history and natural beauty,” says Melina Van Hoogevest, RDKB Recreation Supervisor at Grand Forks and District Recreation. . .
“For many, walking is fantastic for mindfulness, can become a fitness catalyst and provide ‘me time’, health benefits or an opportunity to socialize. It can be a great way to relieve stress, an escape from the routine, or a way to get straight into the hiking community to see where it takes you. “
“Whether you choose to hike any or all of the ‘Hike Our Story’ trails over the next couple of months, you’ll discover so much more than you expected,” she adds.
Nine mini hiking adventures, varying in difficulty, length and terrain, cover the team’s favorite trails in Christina Lake (2), Grand Forks (6) and Phoenix (1). Described and presented on www.rdkb.com, the trails can be consulted and evaluated in advance for their suitability. With a wide mix of easy, moderate and difficult levels, there will be a trail suitable for those new to the benefits of walking as well as seasoned hikers.
“Some are challenging and have steep climbs while others are short, flat, or more family-friendly,” says Michelle Millette, vice president of the Grand Forks Community Trails Society.
“The hiking challenge incorporates iconic views, breathtaking vistas and spectacular sights. Some trails are suitable for strollers and wheelchairs, some are suitable for cyclists and others pass by great swimming spots, a waterfall to admire or take you through a natural forest and giant cedars. On others, watch out for ospreys, eagles, historical relics and native artifacts!” She adds.
Giving yet another reason to participate, QR codes on each trail are waiting to be discovered and will unlock the chance to win weekly gift cards courtesy of Thistle Pot Gifts Ltd. Fresh Tracks Outdoors Club, The Wooden Spoon – Bistro & Bake Shop, Seasons Outdoors, Work and Play Clothing, Pharmasave Grand Forks, Grand Forks BC Community Trails, Grand Forks & District Recreation, Boundary Country Regional Chamber of Commerce. One lucky hiker will win the Wildways Adventure Sports grand prize.
For more information on the epic “Hiking Our Story” challenge, visit RDKB – Kootenay Regional District Boundary > Recreation & Culture > Grand Forks & District > Trails, and follow @Grandforksrec (Insta), Grand Forks & District Recreation or RDKBdotcom (FB).