Prince George ATV Club to Wells – George Creek Bridge Project

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Prince George to Wells on an ATV

The Prince George ATV Club hosts an annual ride (open to non-members if space allows). Join the Prince George ATV Club: https://atvbc.ca/membership-options/ The three day ride starts at the PG Snowmobile Clubhouse with riders travelling to Wells, BC. on Day 1.

Food, lodging and fuel is accessible to riders. After fuelling up, Day 2 takes riders to see some amazing sights in Wells, BC with a trip to Barkerville as an option.

Day 3 is the return trip.

Join the Prince George ATV Club today to learn more and register for the ride!

George Creek Bridge addresses environmental concerns

ATVBC and member clubs promote safe and responsible riding, and environmentally responsible trails. The PG ATV Club’s Prince George to Wells ORV trail crosses George Creek southeast of Prince George.  Environmental concerns called for a proper crossing for ATVs and other users.  A crossing of 48 feet from bank to bank.  The club explored several options as to the type of crossing that could be installed to do the job.

Trail grant funding provided $35,000

A basic budget was put together and the club estimated that we would need 40,000 plus dollars to do the job.  The club then started applying for grants to get the job started and was successful in acquiring grants that totalled 35,000.  With additional funding from the club a budget of 55,000 was in place to work with which included the necessary associated trail work. (See ATVBC and ORV trail grant opportunities https://atvbc.ca/atvbc-grants/ and https://atvbc.ca/provincial-orv-trail-fund-apply-now/)

Protecting bull-trout spawning

Front Counter, B.C. sent out a notice of intentions to all agencies and government bodies that have interests in the area and/or installing a bridge over a water-way.  All was approved with the one exception being Fisheries who recommended that the club move the installation date to June/July of 2019 instead of September 2018 so it wouldn’t interfere with Bull Trout spawning. 

The next part was getting an engineering firm to go to the crossing site and do a proper survey.  Make drawings and plans that showed elevations, placement levels for abutments, roadway design and instructions on how to lay rip-rap and fabric. 

Partners, supporters and volunteers

The next part was getting an engineering firm to go to the crossing site and do a proper survey.  Make drawings and plans that showed elevations, placement levels for abutments, roadway design and instructions on how to lay rip-rap and fabric. 

The club pre-built most of the components, constructed and stored them at Timberspan and at our contractor Quietwood Logging so when the installation time arrived we were ready.  Quietwood Logging also donated an “A” trailer from a damaged super-B trailer to be used as an approach on the west end of the bridge.  Quietwood Logging was able to get all components to the site in two loads.  Preparation of the site and installation of steel and modules took less than a week.  The Club members installed all the safety rails (guide rails) and entrance posts on the bridge and ramps in one day.  There was a tremendous amount of work done in the field.

Celebrating success!

Recreation Sites and Trails
B.C., Quietwood Logging, guests and volunteers had a ribbon cutting event in
September 2019.  I was able to attend the
ribbon cutting and could see the bridge took a lot of hard work with dedicated
volunteers and to see its completion was very rewarding.  I was in awe of what had been
accomplished. 

Thanks to all the sponsors and Prince George ATV Club volunteers who participated in the labor to build this bridge.  A special thanks to John Ruston who worked hard to make it all happen and never gave up on the vision of this fabulous bridge.  Well done! 

Submitted by Marlaine Mohr, Prince George ATV Club.

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