Biking is not only a great workout, it is one of the best ways to experience the outdoors. In areas with accessible trails, biking is a relatively quick and efficient way to explore any large area without having to spend gas money. 

Via the Village of Hillsborough

Named after its abundance of gypsum, the White Rock Recreational Area (WRRA) in Hillsborough, NB, offers riders a variety of beginner and challenging terrains to choose from. In total,  White Rock’s over 50 trails measure out to an impressive 38 km making it one of the best spots in the watershed for mountain biking. At the PWA, we believe that one of the best ways to make people appreciate nature is by having them go outside and experience it for themselves. Fishermen, mountain bikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts are often unsung environmental heroes instrumental in the preservation and conservation of local environments. Moreover, according to the David Suzuki Foundation, ‘ Research shows time outdoors can reduce stress and attention deficit disorder; boost immunity, energy levels and creativity; increase curiosity and problem-solving ability; improve physical fitness and co-ordination; and even reduce the likelihood of developing near-sightedness!”

As discussed in our Dobson Trail issue, the prevalence of hiking and biking trails is a testament to the innate human desire to connect with nature. Trail creation and maintenance is arduous and requires years of commitment usually by the hands of unpaid volunteers. You can thank Codiac Cycling Trails (CCT) for the WRRA system; the group was founded in 2016 with the mission to  “enhance the community’s outdoor experience, as well as to inspire more people to experience the outdoors on bicycles.” Its board of volunteers works with local governments, stakeholders, land owners, clubs, and riders through collaboration, education, and communication to raise awareness of the value of this trail system in Southeastern New Brunswick. 

Both the CCT and the PWA understand the importance of supporting local groups and businesses. CCT relies on its local sponsors including the Village of Hillsborough, as well as several bike shops. Velo bike shop, which has locations in Moncton and Dieppe, not only supports CCT but has graciously donated an amazing bike-gear bundle for our #25watershedmoments giveaway.

 For a chance to ride in style,  post a picture at the White Rock Recreational Park or any of the other 24 sites on Facebook or Instagram, tag us, and use #25watershedmoments.

WRRC coordinates: 45.90955754631698, -64.66087777113516