The Kitimat Snowmobile and hikers club presented the funding request to council on Dec. 5. The money will go towards upgrading infrastructure to trails like culverts, tree removal and a bridge. (File Photo)

Council to consider snowmobile trail upgrades in 2023 budget

The Kitimat Snowmobile and hikers club presented the funding request to council on Dec. 5.

Snowmobile and hiking trails may be getting an upgrade as Kitimat council will consider funding two trail improvements in the 2023 budget.

The Kitimat Snowmobile and Hikers Club presented the funding request to council on Dec. 5. The money will go toward upgrading infrastructure to trails such as culverts, tree removal and a bridge.

The not-for-profit club has a growing membership and more than 70 paid members.

If approved, the funding will continue to upgrade the Clague/Bowbese trail, a family-friendly beginner trail that allows easy access and aggressive mountain riding skills.

Funding will also go toward a key bridge crossing (Minnifies bridge) that requires roadbuilding expertise and an excavator to complete. The club anticipates $20,000 worth of work to get the trail finished

The club also hopes to improve the Robinson Ridge Trail, an advanced-level rider trail that’s difficult to groom with steep slopes and trees. The club anticipates $40,000 to complete this trail.

The club is hoping for $50,000 from the District. Council was scheduled to have its first budget deliberations Monday, Dec. 12.