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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of the international celebration of Trails Day, British Columbians will show their love of the outdoors with the first annual B.C. Trails Day on Saturday, June 5th.

Louise Pedersen, Executive Director of the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C., says the effects of the pandemic have shown how important it is to have access to quality green spaces.

“Over the past year, British Columbians have turned to community trails and greenspaces to stay healthy and boost their connection to nature and community,” says Pedersen. “There are more recreation users on the trails than ever, and that means more wear and tear.”

Outdoor groups and communities are encouraged to host local events to spread awareness and give back to the trail systems.

“If you are unable to participate in an organized event this weekend, hit the trails on your own! Pack a small garbage bag and some gloves with you, and pick up any trash you may see on the trail. This helps keep local trails clean and safe for other outdoor users and the wildlife that live nearby.”

Bryna Casey, Parks and Rural Recreation Coordinator for the PRRD, says no events are being planned for B.C. Trails Day in the Peace Region because of continuing COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’re so close to things opening up, so I don’t think anyone’s risking anything at this point.”

While there are no firm planned activities, Casey is confident residents will make the most outdoor activities available with friends and family.

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