Brief: B.C. government invests $100,000 for new access option to Kicking Horse River Lower Canyon

The town of Golden is being given $100,000 through the BC Rural Dividend program to begin work on a new access route to the Lower Kicking Horse River. Canadian Pacific Railway closed access to the Lower Kicking Horse River in 2016.

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Rafting the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River is a popular tourism draw in Golden, B.C. Photo: Glacier Rafting

The B.C. Government announced it will provide $100,000 so the town of Golden can move forward with a new access option after the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River was closed to the white-water rafting industry. The funding is being provided through the BC Rural Dividend program.

The Canadian Pacific Railway closed access to the Lower Kicking Horse River in 2016. The town had earlier received $100,000 to study the feasibility of alternate access. This current funding will be used to fund consultation, regulatory applications and preliminary design for the recommended option ― modification of the river channel.

“This funding will help Golden find a long-term solution so commercial river rafting can continue to contribute to the local economy and create jobs ― now and for the next generation,” said Doug Donaldson, Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development.

The funding is part of more than $10.1 million being awarded to 90 eligible local governments, First Nations and not-for-profit organizations under the BC Rural Dividend program.

For more background see The Mountaineer’s previous stories on the access issue at the Lower Canyon of Kicking Horse River here.

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