The Friendship Trail is an approximately 7 km multi-use trail which, when complete, will connect the communities of Mount Currie and the Village of Pemberton. The project was originally conceived by the Winds of Change, a collaborative public policy initiative of the Lil’wat Nation, Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the Village of Pemberton. The Winds of Change identified the need for a safe non-motorized, pedestrian-friendly travel route aimed at encouraging commuting by bike and on foot as a priority recommendation in its “Healing Vision” report.
Partial funding for the Friendship Trail project is being provided by the SLRD and the Village of Pemberton through the use of Gas Tax funds. A critical piece of the Friendship Trail will be the construction of a multi-use bridge over the Lillooet River. The planning and construction of the bridge will be the responsibility of the Village of Pemberton, with the SLRD being responsible for managing the construction of the trail. The SLRD will also be responsible for maintaining the trail once it’s complete.
- February 18, 2015 - SLRD receives $71,343 BikeBC grant for Friendship Trail
- November 28, 2014 - Innergex donates $500,000 to the Friendship Trail Bridge project
- October 11, 2013 - Village of Pemberton issues RFP for Design Services and cost estimates (Friendship Trail Bridge)
- October 11, 2012 - SLRD allocates $369,000 in Regionally Significant Project (Gas Tax) funds to the construction of the Friendship Trail Bridge.