Accessibility improvements

Burns Lake Nadina Fire Zone unit crew have been hard at work making improvements to the boardwalk section of the Kager Lake hiking trail.

New boardwalk under construction at Kager Lake.  Some of Burns Lake fire centre unit crew who built it: Vaughn Gaston

New boardwalk under construction at Kager Lake. Some of Burns Lake fire centre unit crew who built it: Vaughn Gaston

Members of the Burns Lake Nadina Fire Zone unit crew have been hard at work making improvements to the boardwalk section of the Kager Lake hiking trail. The project is jointly funded by the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (Recreation Sites and Trails BC and the Wildfire Protection Branch), the Burns Lake Mountain Bike Association, and the Lakes Outdoor Recreation Society (LORS).

Essentially, material and planning are provided by the funding partners and labour is provided by the local fire management crew.

Kevin Eskelin, district recreation officer, said that the upgrades are part of a larger program of improving accessibility to provincial recreation sites. The older boardwalk already in place may have presented wheelchair access issues due to some narrow sections.

The old boardwalk – which is still in good shape – is not being removed. Instead, crews are integrating new sections with old in a creative way that will also improves two way traffic along the boardwalk that sees pedestrian as well as mountain bike use.

The project, once completed, will also see the camping area expanded to include wheelchair accessible picnic tables.

“Recreation sites and Trails BC has put out a contract for a universal access specialist to undertake an accessibility assessment at Kager Lake,” Eskelin explained. “This aims to inform infrastructure improvements to accessibility for all ages and mobility types. Several other recreation sites in the Lakes area will also be similarly surveyed, as LORS was successful at some grant funding for the same consultant to undertake that work.”

The access specialist will evaluate and sign-off on accessibility improvements at the local recreation sites.

The new sections of the boardwalk are not yet complete. Visitors should respect any ribboned closures for their own safety.