Bikers, walkers and hikers of all ages can “come have some fun” all year round at Batawa Ski Hill thanks to funding from the federal government.
Over $316,000 from Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program went towards a new and improved non-motorized, multi-use trail network at the ski hill, which officially opened Saturday. This funding was delivered by the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario and supported by Quinte West Council.
The money was primarily used for making significant improvements to existing trails located in the forests surrounding Batawa Ski Hill, and creating new trails that can be used for walking, hiking and mountain biking.
Some new features include a series of trails created for mountain bike enthusiasts of varying skill levels, with single and double tracks and the switchback being offered to riders, a fitness path with natural wood obstacles, and equipment that will add a unique and fun addition to users workout routines.
In addition to the trail network, some of the CIP150 money will also be utilized for renovations to the Chalet at Batawa Ski Hill.
General Manager of Batawa Ski Hill Brian Diedenhofen says the goal of the project was to develop the ski hill into a regional hub for outdoor activity throughout the year.
Bay of Quinte MP Neil Ellis says this will be a big attraction for tourism in the area.
Quinte West Mayor Jim Harrison and Councillor Karen Sharpe were also on hand for the announcement, which helped kick off Biketoberfest 2018.
It’s an event that Diedenhofen says grew from development of the trail project and one that they wanted to have for avid bikers to help christen the new trails and bike paths.