The Lundbom Lake Campground Improvement Project
Lundbom Lake Recreation Site is set in the grassland hills above the town of Merritt, B.C., near Kelowna. It is a favourite place to ride and camp – the beauty is just incredible. There are numerous lakes scattered over the grasslands and trails that lead to some amazing views of the Nicola Valley. Lucky riders can see wildlife out on the trail plus many cattle, as this is grazing land for local ranches.
Over the years, Lundbom has become one of the most popular horse camping destinations. The corrals that Back Country Horsemen BC built many years ago were in desperate need of repair or replacement – they saw the need and responded. In May 2014 a small delegate of BCHBC members met with Ed Ables, District Officer from Recreation Sites and Trails BC, and the camp host Ann Jeffery to talk about improvement to the Rec Site.
Upon agreeing on a course of action, measurements of the site were taken and a good amount of time was spent over the following months designing, sourcing materials and planning the project. The plan was to replace the 12 existing wooden corrals with 30 pipe corrals, to redo the footing plus add a concrete-block manure storage area. With a few design changes to maximize the sizing of the corrals, we are pleased to have constructed 28 stalls – with 5 being capable of holding 2 horses.
New Horse Camps a First for Vancouver Island
July 29, 2013, Campbell River, BC – Saturday, July 20 was a day to celebrate for members of the Back Country Horsemen Society of British Columbia (BCHBC) and all equine enthusiasts who enjoy trail riding on Vancouver Island. On this day, more than 25 BCHBC members from across Vancouver Island, along with an additional 40-plus dignitaries and guests, gathered to celebrate the official grand opening of the Memekay River site of the Salmon Brewster Equine Campsites and Trail Corridor Project near Sayward, BC. BCHBC worked with Recreation Sites and Trails BC in Campbell River to have the first Vancouver Island Crown Land equine-friendly public recreation campsites and trail designated.
“This wonderful facility is an example of what can happen when people have a vision, when they work in a spirit of community collaboration, and they put in hundreds of hours of volunteer effort in order to see that vision become reality,” said Phil Kent, Mayor of Duncan and a representative of the Island Coastal Economic Trust (ICET), which generously donated $40,000 to the $107,000 project.