Families visiting Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park will notice something a little different this year as construction begins on a multi-year project to enhance visitor experiences.
A buffer zone will be created between the Adams River and park facilities, better protecting habitat, states a government press release. Older trails along the river will be closed, rehabilitated and naturalized. Other trails will be improved with new signs and displays.
It’s hoped this will help to better direct visitors, especially during the salmon run season.
Last season, a number of tourists complained that it was hard to find the spawning area, with some giving up before seeing the world-renowned event.
A new gathering place will welcome large groups, festivals and community events, while a new, smaller day-use area with picnic tables and interpretive information will meet the needs of families and individuals.
With record-breaking numbers of salmon expected to arrive in 2014, the park upgrade will accommodate the influx of visitors. The parking lot will also be improved and modified so it can expand in times of higher traffic.
This popular day-use park also offers hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing. Visitors are asked to remain out of designated closed areas for safety reasons.
Construction in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park is expected to be complete by September 2014.