PRINCE GEORGE – Local residents and visitors will have better highway access to the Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whudujut Park following the historic announcement last March that the world’s only known temperate rainforest would be designated a Class A provincial park. The provincial government will be contributing $1 million toward the project announced Prince George Valemount MLA Shirley Bond.
Construction of an intersection on Highway 16 will enhance safety and provide better access to this truly unique and majestic treasure. In 2015, more than 20,000 visitors came to the site to use the trails set amongst the towering trees.
“The designation of this new provincial park was the result of unprecedented cooperation and effort by the Lheidli First Nations, the Caledonia Ramblers Hiking society and many passionate community volunteers and organizations including in McBride and the Robson Valley,” said Bond. “These road improvements will complement our efforts to showcase some of the largest old growth cedars to the world and ensure that vehicle access is safer and more efficient.”
“These improvements to the intersection and parking facilities at the Ancient Forest will enhance visitors’ experience at this very special park,” said Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone. “Ministry staff have taken great care to respect the environment during the work, making every effort to consider the unique environmental diversity of the area.”
In addition to these road improvements, the Province of British Columbia will work with the federal government to consider this area for a UNESCO World Heritage Site nomination in recognition of the outstanding values of these ancient cedar stands.