Sault Ste. Marie expanding biking trails with $2.3 million

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Tourism Sault Ste. Marie with funding from the Province of Ontario, Government of Canada and City of Sault Ste. Marie, is investing $2.3 million to expand the local mountain bike trail network.

The project is being called “a bold and innovative” approach to attracting visitors and new residents, offering a more sustainable lifestyle.

“The development of a robust trail network aligns with our mission of diversifying our tourism offerings, while promoting quality of life advantages in Sault Ste. Marie,” said Travis Anderson, director of tourism and community development. “Investments in our trail network is attracting a lot of attention creating an attractive environment for tourists.

“We have noticed an increase in visitors from both the United States and Canada who specifically come to experience our trail network.”

With the growing popularity of cycle tourism, the expansion of the local mountain bike network is expected to bring long-term benefits. Work includes expanding the existing 50-kilometre trail network with a 30-kilometre extension from downtown to the Algoma Trail Network at Hiawatha Highlands.

bike trail s s mThe year-round mountain bike and fat bike trail system will encompass four lakes and multiple scenic spots and a year-round mountain bike skills park and the transformation of sidewalks into multi-use paths along the John Rowswell Hub Trail.

“Recognized as a key growth market for Tourism Sault Ste. Marie, mountain bike tourism has experienced exponential growth in recent years and is poised for continued success. With its strategic location, Sault Ste. Marie is on track to become Ontario’s premier mountain bike destination,” said Beverley Barber, chair, Tourism Sault Ste. Marie.

The $2.3 million investment into the bike trail network exemplifies the city’s commitment to creating a livable and sustainable community while attracting new residents.


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