The UNBC Connector Trail System includes over 10km of trails connecting pedestrians, cyclists and equestrians to the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC), Cranbrook Hill Greenway and Forests for the World.
The UNBC Connector Trail was originally conceived in the Trails Task Force Prince George Centennial Trails Project as part of the UNBC Rivers Connector. In the spring of 2009, a preliminary design was developed for the trail in conjunction with the Active Communities Initiative and included a public survey to confirm the desired trail alignments, standards and facilities.
On August 11th 2009, the City of Prince George was awarded $444,000 by the Government of Canada Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) for the UNBC Connector Trail System project. The project created 18 jobs for unemployed forest workers who conducted forest fuel treatment prescription, trail clearing and construction within the proposed UNBC Connector Trail System. These works were in conjunction with the British Columbia Community Development Trust Job Opportunities Program (JOP) and Service Canada Job Creation Partnerships (JCP) contracts in Prince George.
Construction of the UNBC Connector Trail System commenced in August 2009 and continued until December 2010. Crews were busy conducting forest fuel treatment prescription works that include danger/hazard tree removal, thinning of understory coniferous brush within 5m of the trails and pruning of lower branches on trees adjacent to the trails. Trail works include trail clearing and grubbing, subgrade construction, surfacing treatments and site furnishings.The result is an expansive trail system that include 3m Multi-Use granular trails along major routes, as well as an Equestrian rustic trail that provides access for Exhibition Park equine users to the destinations on Cranbrook Hill.
A map of the UNBC Connector Trail System is included below.
In the Summer of 2011, the City received funding from the Bike BC Cycling Infrastructure Partnerships Program for the paving of the 2.6km Tyner Boulevard Trail that extends from Ospika Boulevard to UNBC. Construction commenced in late August 2011 and included a paved trail width of 2.6m and a 1m compacted granular shoulder to support both commuter and recreational use. The result is a safe and comfortable off street trail that supports active transportation and the quality of life in Prince George.
A map of the Tyner Boulevard Trail is included below.
The implementation of the UNBC Connector Trail System Project was made possible through a large contribution from the Western Economic Diversification Canada CAF program, as well as through sponsorship and partnerships with the British Columbia Community Development Trust Job Opportunities Program (JOP), Service Canada Job Creation Partnerships (JCP), City of Prince George, Yellowhead Rotary Club of Prince George, UNBC, Province of British Columbia, Prince George Horse Society and from various other project partners.