Chawathil Chief, Rhoda Peters, and Leon Nelson (and son) provided a First Nations welcome
and congratulated Hope Mountain Centre on the re-opening of the historic trail first used by
Indigenous people for trade and sustenance.
The official “Grand Opening” of the Hudson’s Bay Company (1849) Heritage Trail took place September 11 at Peers Creek, the newly-constructed western trailhead of this 50-km-long historic route over the North Cascades. Hope Mayor Laurie French and Chawathil First Nation Chief Rhoda Peters presided over the trail’s official re-opening.
Work on this exciting project has been underway for the past two summers, preparing the trail for re-opening as a
hiking and horseback route. It is a provincially-designated “Heritage Trail” protected by a 200-metre buffer centred on the trail.An HBC Trail Steering Committee, led by the Hope Mountain Centre, is overseeing construction. Participants include the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, Fraser Valley Regional District, Backcountry Horsemen of BC, the New Pathways to Gold Society, and private citizens. The project has also received official endorsement by the District of Hope (Mayor and Council).Initial funding for restoration has been provided by New Pathways to Gold Society (NPTGS), the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts, and the National Trails Coalition (NTC). The HBC (1849) Heritage Trail is one of several successful projects that the NPTGS has been priveleged to participate in, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and the Arts.