Witset Canyon Connection Project for Witset, BC

The proposed project involves the construction of a new multi-use path along Hwy 16 between the community of Witset and the Canyon and smoke house which are frequently used for cultural activities and traditional fishing practices.  This trail is ~470 m in length x ~3 m wide. The project works will include

  • Clearing and grubbing of trees and brush along the proposed trail route (~1710 m2)
  • Stripping organic soils from the footprint of the trail.
  • Shaping the trail sub-grade by cutting and filling. Some import sub-grade fill will be required.
  • Supply and Installation of non-woven geotextile & geogrid where the native soils are non-optimal.
  • Supply and installation of the trail structure which includes 250 mm of 75 mm minus SGSB, 150 mm minus WGB and 50 mm of asphalt pavement.
  • Re-vegetative seeding in all disturbed areas.
  • Supply and installation of battery powered solar lighting which includes; light fixture, davit arm and pre-cast concrete base.
  • Supply and installation of rest benches along the trail route accompanied by bear proof garbage cans.
  • Supply and installation of an eco-counter for data collection of trail usage.
  • Supply and installation of signs along the trail and on adjacent roads.
  • Removal and relocation of existing signs that conflict with the proposed trail route.
  • Line painting for trail centerline and road crossings.
  • Drainage culverts
  • Installation of Signage (13), benches (3) and animal proof garbage bins

The project will include vegetation clearing (~1410 m2) and will require some excavation. The project is on Federal Lands, specifically within the Moricetown No. 1 reserve of the Witset First Nation.  There are works over/near an unnamed creek at the North end of the project works, however this creek appears to be seasonal and is already diverted through a culvert under Highway 16. Given this, it is unlikely that there will be impacts during construction.  The project is within a Provincial Right-of-Way along Hwy 16 in BC and has received a permit to work within that right-of-way. Two sites of historical significance have been identified in an archaeological investigation performed in December 2021, these sites are adjacent to project works, but are unlikely to be adversely affected. 

Latest update

2022-10-17 The public comment period on the project is closed. Infrastructure Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.


Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 Notice of Determination - October 17, 2022


Infrastructure Canada
Marika Haspeck, Environmental Review Officer
Telephone: 343-571-6569
Email: marika.haspeck@infc.gc.ca

  • Location

    • Witset, BC (British Columbia)
  • Nature of Activity

    • Recreation and Tourism
    • Other, not otherwise specified
  • Assessment Status

  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Witset First Nation
  • Authorities

    • Infrastructure Canada
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


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