From left: John Miller (Near North Trails Association OFSC District 11), NBMCA Chair Dave Mendicino, NBMCA Vice Chair Dave Britton, Diane Tregunna (South Shore Restoule Snowmobile Club) officially opened the La Vase River Bridge on Kate Pace Way.
NBMCA Board Chair & North Bay City Councillor Dave Mendicino
(North Bay, October 22, 2020) There’s a new deck on the Kate Pace Way Bridge over the La Vase River and it was officially opened today by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and supporters who contributed to the project.
“The Kate Pace Way bridge over the La Vase River is part of North Bay’s Active Transportation Network; a key connection between North Bay, Callander and the south shore of Lake Nipissing with health and economic benefits for hikers, cyclists, snowmobilers and local businesses,” said NBMCA Chair Dave Mendicino.
The $33,600 redecking of the Kate Pace Way / La Vase River bridge is funded by NBMCA ($11,600), with a grant from The Great Trail ($12,000) and donations from the South Shore Restoule Snowmobile Club ($5000) and the Near North Trails Association (OFSC District 11) ($5000).
Kate Pace Way is one of the region’s most popular multi-use trails, highly used by cyclists and hikers as part of the City’s active transportation network. It crosses the La Vase River, itself part of a historic transportation network that facilitated trade and travel in the late 1700s.
“As a section of The Great Trail of Canada, Kate Pace Way is part of the longest network of recreational multi-use trails in the world. The Great Trail now consists of more than 27,000 kilometres of trails, linking Canada and Canadians. We’re pleased to be able to contribute to this project,” said Mathieu Roy, Vice-President, Trail Development and Management of Trans Canada Trail.
The multi-use nature of the trail expands in the winter as a corridor for snowmobilers, part of the Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Club’s Near North Trail Network.
"The South Shore Restoule Snowmobile Club along with the Near North Trails Association (OFSC District 11 office) is proud to be in partnership with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority assisting in this project. It has given our area a great boost to the snowmobile season and supports local and tourist snowmobilers in having a great experience on our beautiful trail system that fans out from North Bay to all directions,” said Diane Tregunna, President of the South Shore Restoule Snowmobile Club.
“Snowmobiling is one of the main tourism dollar infused activities in this region during the winter and has a large reaching economic impact in the North Bay and surrounding communities," she added.
The Kate Pace Way is managed by the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority together with the City of North Bay.
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