More Hiking in Harrison – East Sector Lands Officially Open

June 17, 2016

Just in time for the busy summer season, the long awaited East Sector Lands Recreation Site in Harrison Hot Springs is now open and ready for visitors. While it was technically an unofficial trail system for many years, the area had been a local favourite among walkers and hikers alike. The new improved trail system located on McCombs Drive off McPherson Road will now be regularly maintained and managed by the Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) through an agreement with BC Ministry of Forest, Lands & Natural Resource Operations (MFLNRO) and the Village of Harrison Hot Spring as well as partnership support from Sts’ailes.

The improvements include trail resurfacing, danger tree and vegetation maintenance, as well as new park amenities including picnic tables, a washroom facility, parking area, and interpretive signs. The $75,000 improvement project was partially made possible through $24,250 in funding from the Canada 150 Fund, MFLNRO, and the FVRD. Ongoing operational expenses will be included in the FVRD’s annual budget.

Quotes

"I want to commend the Fraser Valley Regional District on their work to develop this fantastic new site. The East Sector Lands will provide opportunities for people to come together in the spirit of recreation, helping to build a stronger community."

Jati Sidhu, Member of Parliament for Mission-Matsqui-Fraser Canyon on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for Western Economic Diversification

"As Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, I’m working to make sure more people head outdoors and take advantage of our beautiful trails. Improvements to the East Sector Lands Recreation Site will enable residents and visitors alike to safely enjoy these trail systems."

John Martin, Parliamentary Secretary/MLA – Chilliwack

"In our active community, trails are the basis of many of our most popular summer recreational activities. These upgrades will provide walkers and hikers in the Harrison area with improved access and amenities on their favourite trails."

Laurie Throness, MLA – Chilliwack-Hope

"The Village of Harrison Hot Springs has long been noted for its natural beauty and has championed for this long awaited opportunity to enhance the Village’s trail network. As a Resort Municipality, we are extremely excited that this partnership will enrich the tourism experience and provide additional recreation opportunities for our residents, visitors and community partners. We are very thankful to Sts’ailes, the FVRD, provincial and federal governments on bringing this vision to fruition."

Leo Facio, Mayor – Harrison Hot Springs

"The Fraser Valley has tremendous opportunities for people to enjoy the beautiful outdoors. This family friendly addition to the FVRD’s parks and trails will greatly enhance tourism and recreation for our region. We are very pleased to partner with the Sts’ailes, the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and our provincial and federal governments to make this vision a reality."

Sharon Gaetz, Chair – Fraser Valley Regional District

"This is a great opportunity for the regional district to work with local First Nations communities. We have a strong relationship with the Village of Harrison Hot Springs and this is just one endeavour that we can collaborate on. This will provide a great opportunity for visitors to Harrison Hot Springs to garner a greater understanding of the Sts’ailes people. Harrison Hot Springs is actually an ancient village site of the Sts’ailes."

Harvey Paul, Chief – Sts’ailes