The Pender Harbour and Area Residents’ Association and the Pender Harbour Hikers, applied for and received, $35,000 from the Sunshine
Coast Community Forest Legacy Fund in 2015 for a project to enhance the signage in local forests for hikers and bikers.The idea came about after a study done by the Sauder Business School pointed out our parks and trails could be a great economic driver IF they were mapped and well-marked. So this was our mandate. Since then, the Pender Harbour Hikers have been busy designing, producing and installing trails and interpretive signs through out our local area. Recent work includes:
Three kiosks to hold large 4’x8′ detailed area trails maps. One is specific to the trails at Lions Park,one for trails accessed from Menacher Road and one for trails in the Middlepoint Road area.
A number of additional 4’x8′ kiosks show trails for the entire Pender Harbour area. They are located at points along Highway 101:One at each of the two Chamber of Commerce visitor information pullouts and one across from the Petro Canada gas station at Kleindale. Other kiosks are located at the Madeira Park Visitor Information Center and below the Sundowner Inn in Garden Bay.
We provided the Pender Harbour Living Heritage Society with $8,000 for creating and installing signs to identify the heritage and history of the Pender Harbour area. That work is currently in progress.
We installed three signs to educate hikers and bikers about logging practices and importance to our community. These were coordinated with A&A Trading and we are continuing to work with them as well as working with BC Timber Sales for additional signage.
All current trails have been properly signed, including markers (“You are Here”) in various areas. Trail maintenance work is on-going and volunteer help is always welcome. For more information about the Pender Harbour Hikers or to help with our projects, contact us via our webpage at https://penderharbourhikers.weebly.com/or via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/penderhikers
According to Glen Bonderud, President and Chair of the Sunshine Coast Community Forest, “the Sunshine Coast Community Forest , via the Legacy Fund, is very pleased to have helped fund the trails signage and make our community that much more attractive to visitors and residents.”
For more information about the Pender Harbour Hikers or to help with the project contact Maureen at 604-883-2930