Trans Canada Trail (TCT) – Phases 2/3 Update
The West Bragg Creek portion of the Great Trail (formerly the Trans-Canada Trail) is now largely complete. There is now safe passage along the West Bragg Creek road to walk, bike or ride your horse from the hamlet to Kananaskis Country.
There are too many people to thank in this message for their gargantuan efforts in the venture, so I’ll limit it to a few, with apologies to the many others. Foremost is Eric Lloyd, without whose procedural savvy, organizational skill, dogged persistence and remarkable fund-raising efforts, the project simply would have withered on the vine. John Lajeunesse, who runs Bragg Creek Excavating, went way beyond what anyone would expect from a contractor, providing us with engineering perspective as well as a substantial donation that allowed us to re- gravel Phase 1 from the hamlet to RR 52.
We also want to thank Eric Schuh from Rockyview who worked so collaboratively with us to manage the alignment and other technical aspects of the project. Finally, councillor Liz Breakey has been a stalwart supporter of a safe trail from the beginning.
There are a few things left to complete in 2018, including a pedestrian bridge, 472 meters of strong-post guardrail and 620 meters of trail along Mountain View Park Rd. One note is that we respectfully request that equestrians refrain from using the trail until next summer. This will give it a chance to solidify well, as we currently have no funds left to fix significant damage. We hope you all enjoy using the trail.
Incredibly Sad News – Jim Uffelmann
The GBCTA is incredibly saddened to inform you of the passing of one of our volunteers on September 29. Jim Uffelmann was passionate about all aspects of the outdoors, was an active mountain biker and extensively involved in advocating for dog parks, especially in the Cochrane area where he lived. There are no words suffcient to express the depth to which he will be missed by everyone who knew him and he will be thought of with tremendous warmth as we cross the bridges and trails he helped to build. Our hearts are with his family and partner.
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