The City of Kamloops has entered into an agreement with the Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre to help construct a parking lot off Lac Le Jeune Road that will improve access to an extensive trail network used for mountain biking, trail running and more in Pineview Valley.
The Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre is a non-profit organization that has partnered with various landowners to develop and maintain trails in the Kamloops area, including in the Pineview Valley and Ironmask areas. It also manages Harper Mountain mountain biking trails and the Kamloops Bike Ranch between Valleyview and Juniper.
Council has approved a 10-year licence of occupation for $10 with the Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre for a 100-stall parking lot for the Pineview trails parking expansion project. The decision was released in the Sept. 20 council agenda from an Aug. 30 closed council meeting.
Coun. Dale Bass moved the motion and Coun. Bill Sarai seconded it. The vote was not revealed, but it carried. Coun. Mike O’Reilly declared a conflict of interest due to owning property nearby.
McElhanney project manager and trails technologist Ted Morton — contracted by the Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre — told KTW the parking lot is currently in the design stage. Morton said the area currently has some unofficial parking, including a former Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure road and small pullout. Morton said the trails have seen increased usage by tourists and residents, noting the new parking area will take pressure off a 16-stall parking lot at the west end of Hugh Allan Drive and consolidate parking and staging for trails in the area. Morton said it will create a better mountain biking experience.
“It’s a big parking lot and everyone’s kind of consolidated there,” he said. “You want to meet your friends, it’s really easy to access and meet there and come back at the end of the ride.”
Morton said the Kamloops Performance Cycling Centre was successful in obtaining a grant to construct the parking lot. The licence of occupation allows for use of the city’s land, Morton said. The city is also contributing a culvert and archeological assessment.
The entrance will be located on the left when travelling west on Lac Le Jeune Road, adjacent to the weigh scales.
Morton said the goal is to complete the parking lot by the end of the year, but it will likely be finished in the spring of 2023. The COVID-19 pandemic led to a spike in trail usage in Kamloops. In 2020, the city saw more than one-million visits at a dozen trail heads across the city, compared to 612,000 the previous year. Usage returned to normal pre-pandemic levels in 2021, according to the city.