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Visiting Trail Experts Inspire Local Trail Building

Event date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, from 3:52 PM to 3:52 PM

April 24, 2013 - Anyone interested in learning how to build single track trails and being part of trail development in Thunder Bay is invited to attend special events with the visiting International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA) Canada Trail Care Crew this weekend.

IMBA will be returning to Thunder Bay April 26-28, to work with the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club and interested citizens to improve trail opportunities in Thunder Bay.

“The City of Thunder Bay Parks Division is working with the Black Sheep Mountain Bike Club to improve the mountain bike trail system in the Shuniah Mines area, as well as in the entire Trowbridge Falls/ Centennial Park complex,” said Werner Schwar, Coordinator Park Planning - Parks Division.

“We are critically looking at existing trails and potential new trails and developing them into a safe, enjoyable system that caters to a wide range of abilities from beginner to expert. The ultimate goal being a well-planned trail network that is sustainable in the long-term and one that users do little to harm the natural environment. Such a system is both an asset for local residents, but can also serve as a destination in attracting visitors to the City.”

The groups will be holding discussions on trails and workshops teaching proper trail building techniques and will spend quality time digging on the trails. This visit is one of more than 30 stops on their 2013 schedule.

The following events are scheduled in Thunder Bay:

  • Friday, April 26, 7-10 pm: Club Care Workshop/Movie Night at Lakehead University room UC1017. The cost is $5.
  • Saturday, April 27, 9 am – 4 pm: IMBA Trail Building School at Centennial Park Chalet, no cost
  • Sunday, April 28 10 am – 12 pm: Group Ride at Centennial Park Chalet, no cost

Directed by the Canadian office of IMBA, in partnership with Parks Canada and the Trans Canada Trail, the Trail Care Crew program includes a full-time, professional team of trail experts who travels across Canada in a Subaru Outback. They teach sustainable trail building, a way to build natural surface trails that last a long time and require minimal maintenance. This can lead to reduced trail damage, protection of the environment, and enhancement to visitor enjoyment.

For more information and to register for the IMBA Trail Building School, visit or contact Gerald Hamm

For more information on the Association visit

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Werner Schwar, Coordinator – Park Planning, City of Thunder Bay, (807) 625-2806 or

Gerald Hamm, Trail Development Committee Chair, Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club 
(807) 346-7638 or

Rachael Raven, IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew Coordinator