In 2012, following suggestions by Tim Bennett of the provincial Rec Sites and Trails program, members of the Moose ATV Club in Fort St John travelled to Tumbler Ridge with a rather amazing donation. On a flatbed trailer were three heavy bridges, which had become disused but were still in good shape. These were presented to the Wolverine Nordic and Mountain Society (WNMS) for use on the hiking trails. The District of Tumbler Ridge kindly allowed them to be stored in the Public Works Yard over the winter.
Now, with the trail-building season in full swing, an ideal site was identified – the adjacent trail-heads for the new Tarn and Towers Trail and Shipyard – Titanic Trail. These new trails are on the southern slopes of Babcock Mountain and feature some of the most spectacular rock scenery in Canada. It is anticipated that they will become iconic Tumbler Ridge features and attractions in years to come.
A troublesome roadside ditch presented a messy start to the trails. Within days of being approached, District of Tumbler Ridge was ready to assist, with their able staff and equipment, driving the bridges to the site and expertly positioning them in place with their picker truck.
The following day WNMS volunteers stabilized the bridges and built the abutments. These trails now have an attractive, enticing beginning, thanks to the partnership of these government and volunteer groups, for the ultimate good of the community.
The trails are still under development, and therefore rough in places, but can already be enjoyed (at own risk) and are being worn in by many hikers and rock climbers. WNMS expresses its appreciation to all who have helped make this development possible. For details on these and other trails please consult the Tumbler Ridge Visitor Centre.