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Federal funding hopes to help make Corner Brook a mountain biking attraction

The bicycle trail network around Corner Brook has received an infusion of federal cash to advance its development toward making the city a mountain bike tourism destination.

Gudie Hutchings, the Liberal MP for Long Range Mountains, announced Thursday $32,707 to help the West Coast Cycling Association complete Stage 2 of a four-stage cycling trail development project.

Funding for the initiative comes from the Innovative Communities Fund administered by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.

In a news release, Hutchings said further development of the local mountain bike trail network will create jobs, offer new business opportunities, and support the diversification and growth of the economy in the Corner Brook area.

The project includes the construction of the 5.6-kilometre Quarry Climb and Figure Eight Loop to complement the first stage, which consisted of building a 2.8-kilometre trail in downtown Corner Brook.

While the focus of the West Coast Cycling Association’s four-stage trail development plan is to build a network for mountain biking, these trails will be used for multiple purposes. The potential will be there for a winter tourism product through snowshoeing and fat bike excursions.

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