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    WELCOME!

    Please feel free to browse the presentation boards at your own pace. Members of the project team and the Provincial Government (wearing name tags) are available to respond to any questions you may have.

    Refreshments are available.

    Your feedback is very important to us. Please fill out a comment sheet before leaving. Comment sheets are also available online at the Trails Manitoba website (www.trailsmanitoba.ca) until March 1, 2017.

    Thank you for your participation!

    PENNIAC BAY TRANS CANADA TRAIL COMPLETION PROJECT Public Open House South Whiteshell Fire Hall January 25, 2017

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    COMPLETION PROJECT

    The South Whiteshell Trail Association (SWTA), in partnership with Trails Manitoba, is endeavouring to find a solution to close the gap in the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) at Penniac Bay.

    New construction of a trail has been proposed along the Rock Cliff on the west side of PTH 44 on public lands.

    The objective of this open house is to provide information and background on the proposed project and to explore sustainable decisions to close the gap in the TCT.

    Your input is needed to establish the best solution for the community.

    ECONOMICALLY VIABLE

    TECHNICALLY FEASIBLE

    ENVIRONMENTALLY COMPATIBLE

    PUBLICLY ACCEPTABLE

    SUSTAINABLE DECISIONS

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    WHAT IS THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL?

    In 1992, the Vision was to connect us with nature, our geography, our culture, and our history by creating a trail that would be a legacy for future generations of Canadians from Canadians.

    Since then, Trans Canada Trail (TCT) – a not-for-profit organization – has been working with donors, partners, governments, public, private landowners, and volunteers to create THE GREAT TRAIL: an epic trail of trails connecting Canada from coast to coast to coast for Canada 150 celebrations (over 24,000 kilometers linking 15,000 Canadian communities).

    The Trail embodies Canada’s magnificent urban, rural, and wilderness landscapes along greenways, waterways, and roadways.

    As a multi-use recreational trail, The Great Trail promotes the enjoyment of six preferred activities: cycling, paddling, horseback riding, walking/hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.

    An estimated 1,555 kilometers of trail exist in Manitoba (approximately 95% connected).

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    TRAIL ASSOCIATIONS IN MANITOBA

    Trails Manitoba Official body that oversees the

    coordination of the building of the Trans Canada Trail in Manitoba.

    Governed by a volunteer board, with 2.5 staff members and several consultants.  

    Provides governance management and direction for trail development undertaken by regional trail associations.

    Charitable organization that promotes trail development and use in Manitoba.

    The Border to Beaches Trail is nearly connected from Whiteshell to Grand Beach Provincial Park.

    South Whiteshell Trail Association A group of volunteers who are dedicated

    to ensuring that a system of non- motorized recreational trails are built and maintained in the South Whiteshell area.

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    HIGH LAKE

    STAR LAKE

    CADDY LAKE

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    BORDER TO BEACHES TRAIL SOUTH WHITESHELL

    JANUARY 16, 2017

    WEST

    LAKE HAWK

    FALCON LAKE

    0 2.5 51.25 Kilometres

    CENTENNIAL/SOUTH WHITESHELL TRAIL JUNCTION

    SOUTH WHITESHELL TRAIL

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    Penniac Bay TRAIL LEGEND

    Trans Canada Border to Beaches Trail Work in Progress Provincial Parks

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    TRAIL CONSIDERATIONS

    Access to recreational trails increases the opportunity for Manitobans and visitors to be physically active while enjoying nature. This supports conditions for increased physical and mental health.

    Multi-use trails are an amenity for a sustainable community, increase property values, and improve the quality of life.

    Recreational trails promote greater awareness of sensitivity to the natural environment and historic context.

    In addition, recreational trails stimulate job opportunities and economic spin-offs through tourism including consumption of local non-durable goods such as food, groceries, travel supplies and accommodation.

    Local Events: Canada 150 Ultra Marathon

    24 Hour Race

    Swamp Donkey Race

    TRANSPORTATION

    LIVEABILITY

    RECREATION

    CONSERVATION

    ENVIRONMENT

    EDUCATION

    HISTORIC PRESERVATION

    COMMUNITY IDENTITY + CULTURE

    ECONOMY

    REVITALIZATION

    Fat Bike Race

    Birding

    Photography

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    PENNIAC BAY

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    STAR LAKE

    LEGEND Trail pre-Border to Beaches

    Trail on Existing Road

    PTH 44 Crossing Location!. !.

    Trail to be Constructed

    Boardwalk to be Constructed

    0 250 500125 Metres

    SOUTH WHITESHELL

    January 22, 2017

    PENNIAC BAY HISTORICAL OPTIONS

    BORDER to BEACHES TRAIL

    PENNIAC BAY TRAIL TIMELINE 1990s

    SWTA formed to facilitate non-motorized recreational trails from Falcon to West Hawk Lake. (In consultation with Manitoba Highways, Manitoba Hydro, and Manitoba Parks)

    2000

    SWTA trail development continues from the Town of West Hawk Lake to Caddy Lake Campground and the Visitor Reception Centre at the Ontario border.

    2009

    Border to Beaches Trail Completion Initiative begins. The Recreational Trail Builders (Manitoba) and Trails Manitoba apply for Provincial and Federal Matching funds (1/3 each for all the gaps in the B2B Trail). Funding expires with Extensions December 15, 2016.

    2010

    Option A: Rock/Gravel riprap trail along shoreline is explored. Discussions about this option commence with Manitoba Infrastructure and Sustainable Development.

    2011

    Option B: Waterside Boardwalk (east side of PTH 44) explored. Option abandoned because of cottage owner opposition, cost, maintenance and requirements to have an expensive environmental assessment.

    2012

    Option C: Trail on Penniac Place to Star Lake Block Road 1-2-3. Private access option denied.

    2013

    Option D: Trail through John Bull Mineral Claim explored; rejected by private land owner. MI under takes maintenance resurfacing on PTH 44.

    2014

    Option E: Star Lake Bog Trail explored. Sustainable Development refused because of long term maintenance issues and trail longevity.

    2015

    Option C: Revisited Trail on Penniac Place to Star Lake Block Road 1-2-3. Private access option denied by business owners.

    2016

    Option G: Rock Cliff Trail (west side of PTH 44) in public reserve and MI ROW proposed.

    2017

    Canada 150 + TCT Nationwide Connection goal July 1, 2017. (Funding expires).

    2015

    Option F: Water route discussed to provide connectivity for the TCT.

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    PROVINCIAL PARTNERS IN TRAIL DEVELOPMENT

    Manitoba Sustainable Development’s (SD) Role SD is the governing body for lands within Manitoba Provincial Parks.

    Any development on these lands requires approval from SD prior to any form of work or construction.

    Application is taken on the proposed plan/project/development and usually an on site meeting verifying the proposed work and location is done by the proponent and SD staff.

    SD staff work with the proponent on a communication plan if required to ensure interested parties have input into the plan/project.

    SD assists in collecting and compiling input and makes recommendations for alteration/changes/ mitigation for the submission of a final document.

    SD reviews the final proposed plan/project at a regional and branch level for final approval.

    Once approved the proponent is issued a permit to build/construct with conditions.

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    Manitoba Infrastructure’s (MI) Role MI is responsible for ensuring highway safety and operations.

    Placing any object or structure within the protected highway area requires approval from the province.

    The highway protected area includes two areas: › Highway Right-of-Way (ROW)

    This area is owned by the Crown. Given its proximity to the highway, MI is mandated to protect this area from incompatible uses to the highway, including restricting the placement of objects in the ROW.

    › Highway Control Zone This area may be owned by the Crown or a private owner. Developments within this area are reviewed in order to protect highway operations.

    MI’s responsibility is to review and approve or deny applications for using the protected highway area.

    PROVINCIAL PARTNERS IN TRAIL DEVELOPMENT

    44 HIGHWAY CONTROL ZONE

    HIGHWAY RIGHT-OF-WA Y

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    PENNIAC BAY

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    TRAIL ROUTE – OPTION 1

    Rock Cliff Trail – West Side of PTH 44 Beaut