We are so excited to share this news! Thunder Bay Nordic Trails has received a $71,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to help Kamview Nordic Centre recover from the impacts of COVID-19 and expand our facility and equipment for the growing ski community.
When COVID-19 hit in March 2020, Kamview Nordic Centre was shut down mid-season. We were permitted to re-open our trails in the 2020/2021 season with restrictions in place to keep staff and participants safe, as cross country skiing was one of the few outdoor activities allowed under the pandemic restrictions. Cross country skiing was embraced by many new and returning participants at a time when so many other winter activities (such as gyms, downhill ski facilities, hockey areas) were closed.
A new deck with expansion to improve access to the chalet is being built. If you’ve been out to visit our trails lately, you may have noticed that the new deck is almost finished!
New ski rental equipment is being purchased to replace aging equipment and to make all boots and bindings in the fleet compatible. A new 6-wheel utility vehicle is being purchased for off-season work and for safely moving people around the property.
“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Ross Johnston, Chair of the Thunder Bay Nordic Trails. “This grant will allow much needed renovations to be made and extra ski equipment to be purchased as we anticipate folks to continue to embrace skiing as their winter activity long after the pandemic restrictions have eased.”
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
So a big thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and a big congratulations to us!