Canal Flats Secures Rural Development Funding

The Government of British Columbia has announced it is providing more than $5 million to Indigenous organizations and local governments in rural BC communities, including communities impacted by the cumulative effects of COVID-19, floods, fires and extreme weather.

The grants will fund eight projects in rural communities across the province that support tourism, community revitalization and infrastructure upgrades, including the Village of Canal Flats Shore-to-Shore Trail (Phase 2). The village received $109,205 for the project.

The Shore-to-Shore Trail is a high quality non-motorized recreational trail. It connects the Village of Canal Flats to the Municipal Beach on Columbia Lake at Tilley Memorial Park.

The Shore-to-Shore Trail will follow in the footsteps of David Thompson who, in the 19th century, used the land where the village stands today as a portage site between the Kootenay River and Columbia Lake as he traveled through the territory of the Ktunaxa and Shuswap people.

“Investing in people and communities is a key goal of the StrongerBC economic plan,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “Ensuring communities have the tools they need to adapt and grow allows jobs and economic opportunities to thrive. With the help of rural development grants, we are providing communities with more resources to support their economic recovery and build a more sustainable economy for all British Columbians.

“People in rural British Columbia work hard to create economies in which residents and their communities can thrive,” said Roly Russell, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development. “I am pleased to be part of a government that recognizes the importance and value of thriving and diverse rural communities, and I am pleased that we can help support these locally led projects. We will continue to work with communities in all regions of British Columbia to build healthy local economies that work for all of us.

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