Words by Rhonna Gurevich. Photos by Jenny Lee Silver
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The 1st NSMBA trail day for 2009 was held on Empress Bypass on Sunday April 5. If the weather is any indication of things to come, the 2009 riding season is shaping up to be far better than the 2008/09 ski season was!
Empress Bypass is a unique trail deserving of a short history lesson. So bear with us!
In 1997 BC Parks mandated the closure of all mountain bike trails; only sustainable, multi-use trails were to be maintained. In response, the Empress Trail, which at the time ran through BC Parks land, was re-routed through the District of North Vancouver (DNV) as part of the Northlands Golf Course Perimeter trail.
In 2003, construction of a small housing subdivision meant it was necessary to re-route a section of the Perimeter Trail. To accommodate users that access the lower Seymour trails, a new multi-use trail running through DNV and BC Parks land was proposed. The trail would exit onto the Old Buck Trail near the parking lot at the corner of Anne McDonald Way and Mt. Seymour Road.