Rushbrook trail reopened this weekend after the trail was regraded and debris was cleared (Nick Laws / The Northern View)

Rushbrook trail reopened this weekend after the trail was regraded and debris was cleared (Nick Laws / The Northern View)

Storm damaged Rushbrook Trail reopens

Prince Rupert’s harbour-hugging trail had been out of commission for over a month

Rushbrook trail has been repaired and reopened.

The trail closed in late 2018 after a huge storm uprooted some trees causing the trail to crumble before the first bridge on the Rushbrook side.

The process of repairing the trail was made longer due to the Christmas and New Year break, but when the workers resumed in early January the job was done in three days.

Sean Carlson the president of the Kaien Island Trial Enhancement and Recreation Society is happy with the job done and glad the community is getting the most out of the trail already.

“It’s amazing just to see how many people were using it today. I went down for a jog and within the half hour I was there I saw dozens of people. It’s great that its back open and ready to use,” Carlson said.

The trail was redone this past summer and spans the waterfront giving nature enthusiasts beautiful views to enjoy during their time on the trail.

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“It’s great waterfront access, just being able to be on those bridges seeing the marina is beautiful, seeing out across the water is stunning,” Carlson said.

Carlson said the goal with Rushbrook is to bring the rainforest to you, rather than having to drive out of town to get it.

“Giving people the opportunity to be in a rainforest without having to hop in your car,” Carlson said, “Butze is a beautiful trail but you need to drive to get there.”

Rushbrook is just the beginning, the Kaien Trails society hopes to create a network of trails that are more easily accessed for individuals with physical limitations.

“Hopefully we will be able to create more accessible trails in the future but Rushbrook Trail is a great start,” Carlson said.

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