Boardwalk, Lakeside Trail Construction Underway

Construction of the new boardwalk and lakeside trail features are well underway at Gavin Lake Camp. The wheelchair-accessible boardwalk being constructed over the marshy east end of Gavin Lake will be the first of its kind – a black diamond trail – by accessibility standards, to be offered in the Cariboo-Chilcotin district. It will allow for wheelchair-bound visitors or persons with difficulties to be able to go out into nature and to take in the sights and sounds of the Gavin Lake Creek estuary.

The estuary is a slow-flowing marsh that maintains a guest list including several birds and mammals such as egrets, loons, hawks, eagles, moose, bear, fox and rabbit in addition to providing habitat for fish and amphibians as well.

The lakeside trail will eventually connect with UBC’s Rainbow and Alex Research Forest trails and create an opportunity for more hiking and exploration of the area. Once completed, outdoor enthusiasts of all ages will be able to spend more quality time by the lake.

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Construction has been non-stop in anticipation for the winter’s chill (above).

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A view of the new footbridge over the creek (above). This footbridge connects the lakeside trail with the boardwalk and is designed to allow canoes to be able to pass under during warmer months.

Photos submitted Oct. 31, 2012

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