The new bike trail leading up to Island Lake is now complete.

Lazy Lizard trail completed at Island Lake

After four years in the works, the bike trail - the Lazy Lizard - is complete and open for use.

The Lazy Lizard, a seven-kilometer multi-use trail, is now completed and open for public use. The building of the trail was spearheaded by Fernie Trail Alliance, and built on Island Lake property.

“The way this works is that the Fernie Trail Alliance has various land use agreements with private land holders and in that land use agreement, it speaks to things like trail construction and maintenance, and various things like that, and so this trail is part of our land use agreement with Fernie Trail Alliance,” said Doug Feely, CEO of Island Lake. While the trail is built on Island Lake property, it is the Fernie Trail Alliance that will be responsible for most of the maintenance.

The trail was designed to be a trail that all levels of skill can enjoy – from novice to expert. The start elevation is 1046 meters and climbs to 1385 meters over the seven kilometers. The trail features elevated boardwalks and wooden bridges that intertwine through a second growth forest, and is complimented by views of the Lizard Range.

“It’s a beautiful trail. It’s getting a lot of use now, which is good. It was intended to be a used trail. I think it’s probably more novel right now and I think over time the use will spread out,” said Feely, “It’s new and exciting and it’s getting a lot of ridership and use but I think that will get spread out over time a bit.”

The trail was built in four different phases, spanning over four years, and was completed late last month. Feely says that they are happy with the results. “I think we’ve achieve is some success in building a trail that would be suitable for various users, from families and children to novice riders to expert riders and kind of everything in between. That was always our goal was to have a real cross-country trail that would be suitable for various users and various age groups,” he said.

Feely said that Island Lake is looking at potential options to continue enhancing other trails. “Our goal is to make sure it tied into the rest of the Fernie Trail system as opposed to being it’s own entity up here,” he said. He mentioned that Island Lake is working on that would allow, if completed, riders to go from town to Island Lake with minimal sections on a road.



Just Posted

Teck announces roll out of electric buses for Elk Valley operations

Hon. Michelle Mungall says it’s great to see Teck taking action on climate change

Morrison wins Kootenay-Columbia for Conservative Party

Unofficial results peg 28,495 votes for Morrison with 98 per cent of polls reporting Monday evening

UPDATE: Morrison wins Kootenay-Columbia by more than 7,000 votes

Elections Canada is reporting a 72% voter turnout

Trudeau has won the most seats — but not a majority. What happens next?

Trudeau will have to deal with some of the implications of Monday’s result

LIVE MAP: Results in Canada’s 2019 federal election

Polls are now closed across the country

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

Horvat’s hat trick lifts Canucks to 5-2 win over Red Wings

First career three-goal game for Vancouver captain

Saanich Gulf-Islands’s Elizabeth May coy about leadership plans

The federal Green party leader talks possibility of running as MP without being leader

Estheticians can’t be forced to wax male genitals, B.C. tribunal rules

Langley transgender woman Jessica Yaniv was ordered to pay three salon owners $2,000 each

Two youth arrested in UBC carjacking at gunpoint, after being spotted in stolen Kia

‘A great deal of credit is due the alert person who called us,’ said North Vancouver Sgt. Peter DeVries

People’s Party of Canada’s anti-immigration views ‘didn’t resonate’ with voters: prof

Party was formed on anti-immigration, climate denying views in 2018

Windstorm knocks out power for 10,000 in north and central B.C.

Power slowly being restored, BC Hydro says

Investor alert: ‘Split games’ pyramid scheme circulating in B.C.

British Columbia Securities Commission issues warning about scheme selling virtual shares

Federal NDP may support B.C. with major projects, Carole James says

SkyTrain Surrey extension, Massey Tunnel need Ottawa’s help

Most Read