Seymour trail users given OK to access CMHC land

Hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers can get back on the trails passing through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) land on Mount Seymour, about two weeks after 'no trespassing' signs suddenly popped up.

'No trespassing' signs appeared on the trails about 2 weeks ago

A map created by Trailforks shows the patchwork of land ownership in the Mount Seymour area. (Trailforks/NSMBA)

Hikers, trail runners and mountain bikers can get back onto the trails passing through Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) land on Mount Seymour, about two weeks after 'no trespassing' signs suddenly popped up.

One of the organizations that manages and maintains the trail network on Seymour, the North Shore Mountain Bike Association (NSMBA), met with CMHC on Thursday to discuss the trail closures and how the land would be managed in the future.

North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite posted a note on social media announcing that CMHC and the province, which jointly own the 644-acre piece of land, were prepared to allow trail users back into the area.

The note reminds trail users that people using the land, "do so entirely at their own risk, and that the owners are not responsible for any damage or loss to property, or personal injury."

For Vince Béasse, president of NSMBA, the development is entirely positive.

"Right now, it's a great benefit to the community and we're glad that the CMHC and the province support the will of the residents and they've allowed access to the trails," said Béasse. "It's definitely a big plus, not just for the NSMBA, but for the other land managers in the community."

Thornthwaite's office said CMHC is working to replace the signs and that will happen soon while Béasse says his organization now has a formal relationship with the CMHC whereas before it did not.

A sign posted last week on Mount Seymour forbids anyone, including mountain bikers, from using the area. (NSMBA)

Now Béasse's looking forward to getting back into the area.

"Definitely for me, when those signs came up, we asked our members to respect it so I haven't been on those trails since the signage went up," he said.

"They're some of the best trails we have, so I think everybody's going to be pretty stoked to be able to go walk, hike, go walk their dog, mountain bike on some of the best trails the planet has to offer."

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