The Vanderhoof Community Trails is an ever growing network of walking trails in and around the community. The Vanderhoof Community trails and sidewalks provide safe access for walkers and cyclists. Physical activity is a healthy way to help prevent chronic disease, and walking is one of the easiest and safest activities to do. Trails are the heart of our parks and the District of Vanderhoof wants them to be the heart of a healthy lifestyle for a healthy community.
The trail system forms a complete loop around the town. The route is as follows:
• Starting at Riverside Park near the Observation Tower, follow the Riverside Nature Trail along the waterfront to Victoria St. (be sure to make the smaller loop trail at the WL McLeod Wetland).
• At Victoria St. take the new sidewalk to Recreation Ave. then follow Recreation Ave. to the light crossing at Highway 16. Cross Highway 16 (now on Fourth St.) and go straight.
• Walk the length of Fourth St. to the end and cross Pine St. to the Vanderhoof Community Museum.
• At the museum you can walk the Heritage Nature Trail that takes you through the forest, and loops back to the museum.
• From the museum cross Highway 16 to Silversmith Ave (next to Kal Tire) and walk on the new sidewalk to the trail head for the trail along Stoney Creek (newest section of the trail system).
• Follow the trail along Stoney Creek to the bridge at Douglas St. Walk up Douglas St. to Lampitt Ave. and turn left.
• Walk a block and a half on Lampitt Ave. to the south entrance of Riverside Park. Finish the trail by walking the loop path at Riverside Park.
Trail cards for sections of the trail system are available from the Vanderhoof Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Centre. While at the Visitor Centre pick up a copy of the Nature Guide to the Nechako Valley. This 32 page booklet gives a brief overview of the types of wildlife, plants and bugs you will see on the roads and trails that surround our community.
Located near the Observation Tower in Riverside Park are two information kiosks that provide information and education about the Nechako River, Nechako Migratory Bird Sanctuary, Riverside Park, Trail and Campground. Then starting at the tower, the Riverside Nature Trail runs for 1.3km along the south bank of the Nechako River, and ends at the WL McLeod Wetland. There are trail signs along the path that point out some areas of interest, such as sturgeon spawning habitat and bird nesting boxes, as well as providing information about the local ecology.
This section of the Vanderhoof Community Trails circles the WL McLeod Wetland, situated along Victoria Street adjacent WL McLeod School. The wetland is named after Bill McLeod, a local birder, educator and advacate for the local environment. The signs at the observation deck on Victoria Street give a great overview of the flora and fauna that inhabit wetland habitats.
Starting from the Vanderhoof Community Museum parking lot, the Heritage Nature Trail follows Stoney Creek and winds its way up the outer valley wall of the Nechako River and back to the museum along Pine Street. The trail is roughly 1.25 km long. The signs along the trail explain some of the history of the area as well as information about the animals and plants seen from the trail.