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Trail Planning

Trail App and Signage Project Advisory Committee Update

At their March 27, 2024 Meeting, Council approved the appointment of 7 community members to the Trail App and Signage Project
Advisory Committee: Chris Cybulskie, Lianna Grice, Dave Heath, Colin Kallio, Owen MacKinnon, Dave Weir, Devin Wittig. Staff have reached out to Champagne Aishihik First Nation to discuss the best approach to collaborating on this process.

Public notice of our intention to establish a project committee resulted in some feedback from the community on this project.  It was suggested that we use an existing app (such as AllTrails or TrailForks) rather than developing a new one.  It was also suggested that additional public engagement be carried out, since the last engagement took place in 2018.

The project budget has been set at $25,000. The budget includes honoraria for participation in Committee meetings, sign design and printing, public engagement, updating GIS mapping and graphic design work.

Haines Junction is home to a sizeable network of trails utilized by a broad range of organized and independent/informal recreationists. The Haines Junction Community Recreation Plan (CRP), adopted in 2015, established an intention to “create a multiuse, designated, interconnected and signed trail network”, in effect formalizing an unofficial (and unmaintained) recreation asset. It further set out to “create and promote active connections between recreation and community destinations”.

The Village of Haines Junction (VHJ) recognizes the significant value and importance of trails to Haines Junction residents and there have been a growing number of community conversations in recent months about the role trails could play in attracting more visitation, new residents, and broader economic development to the area.

A comprehensive community engagement process was initiated in 2017 that resulted in the development of a conceptual trail network and implementation plan for a community trail network within the municipal boundaries.

VHJ recognizes the unique relationship it shares with Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) and strives to develop and maintain a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship through this and other initiatives.

View the full report here:  2018 What We Heard Report from the Haines Junction Trail Planning Process 

Conceptual Haines Junction Trail Network.
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Conceptual Haines Junction Trail Network - Potential Land access conflicts. Download map here.Conceptual Haines Junction Trail Network Maintenance Required.
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Conceptual Haines Junction Trail Network Estimated Usage.
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Historic recreation planning documents: