The District of Elkford will be improving accessible walking options on Balmer Drive and Alpine Way with help from a government grant. File Photo

District of Elkford to improve walkability

A $500,000 government grant will help improve connectivity in Elkford

The District of Elkford is asking residents to participate in an online survey to get a clearer picture of citizens’ walking habits.

Living Streets is a program from Better Environmentally Sound Transportation, a nonprofit which encourages residents of British Columbia to walk for their physical and mental health. The Living Streets survey, which is available at, will help to track and understand why British Columbians walk. The survey will also help to identify any barriers to access or active transportation that exist within the community.

While the survey includes basic personal questions to gather demographics information, it also focuses on how walking habits may have changed since the onset of COVID-19. The survey asks respondents to compare their walking habits pre-pandemic with their walking habits throughout each phase of British Columbia’s restart plan.

The district is supporting the Living Streets survey after receiving a $500,000 grant from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for the Connectivity Improvements Projects on Balmer Drive and Alpine Way. This project will deliver a new sidewalk that is more accessible to wheelchairs, as well as crosswalks and connections to existing trails in the area. Since the new project in Elkford is meant to improve walkability for all citizens, it’s mandate goes hand in hand with the survey.

For more information about the connectivity project, contact the District of Elkford at or 250-865-4000.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Sept. 27 to Oct. 3

World Farm Animals Day, Drink Beer Day and Virus Appreciation Day are all coming up this week

Conservation Officers seek public assistance

A mule deer buck was poached within Elkford town limits

Two new COVID-19 cases reported in Interior Health

The total number of Interior Health cases since the beginning of the pandemic is now at 522

Annual Elk Valley Pride Festival paints the town rainbow

Festivities began with a spirited Pride Bike Parade and flag raising ceremony

City of Fernie installs new railway safety decals

Part of Rail Safety Week, the initiative promotes railway safety at one of Fernie’s busy crossings

B.C. records 98 more COVID-19 cases, most in Lower Mainland

One new senior home outbreak, Surrey Memorial outbreak over

PHOTOS: 2nd calf in a month confirmed among Southern Resident killer whale pod

Center for Whale Research said they will eagerly await to observe the calf to evaluate its health

2 British Columbians arrested, 3 at large in massive Alberta drug bust

Eight people are facing 33 charges in what police have dubbed Project Incumbent

Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

97 distressed horses, cats and dogs seized from farm in Princeton

RCMP assisted as BC SPCA executed search warrant

$250K reward offered as investigation continues into Sea to Sky Gondola vandalism

Police also asking for specific footage of Sea to Sky highway around time of incident

Trudeau ‘disappointed’ by RCMP treatment of Sikh officers over mask issue

World Sikh Organization of Canada said taking Sikh officers off the front lines constitutes discrimination

Liberals reach deal with NDP on COVID-19 aid bill, likely averting election

NDP and the Liberals have reached an agreement on COVID-19 sick-leave

Most Read