The seventh part and the last column of the series on a future in the best case.
In 2052, the North Shuswap community of Kwikoit, formerly known as Scotch Creek, is a prosperous small town that includes many small intensive farms.
(On a map, the northern tributary of Scotch Creek is called Kwikoit Creek.)
When the agricultural land reserve system was revised to allow large areas to be subdivided into one-hectare plots to accommodate artisan farms, the community began to grow in a sustainable way.
In the former large vacant tracts of prime farmland are dozens of homes filled with young families, greenhouses, processing and storage facilities, and small staff houses. So much food is produced that much of it is shipped to major centres.
Food production continues year-round, with vegetables grown indoors on vertical farms during the winter months. Aquaculture is popular, with wastewater being used to fertilize crops.
Throughout the community there are condos, apartment buildings, housing co-ops, a community hall, schools, municipal buildings and shopping malls, and most are accessible by small vehicles electric vehicles, bicycles and buses.
Many houses are built partially underground in the surrounding hills to keep cool during the summer months.
The tourism economy, which once thrived only in the summer months, is now mainly based on cycling, other adventure sports and local history. The world-class bike paths that descend from the cliffs attract cyclists from across the province and across Canada. Young biker culture permeates the community which comes alive every night with music, dancing and celebrations.
The reconciliation with the Secwepemc people that began in earnest when the community changed its name has resulted in cooperative land use management. The local people of Quaaout now control much of the land in the Kwikoit Creek watershed and land use in their reservation land is compatible with the rest of the community, as it now includes long-term leases for small farms as well as houses, trails and parks.
Forest management is mainly focused on protection against forest fires, deciduous trees replacing conifers and water reservoirs in the hills.
Logging is limited to thinning and removal of dead and dying trees, as the overall objectives of forestry are carbon sequestration, ecological restoration and biodiversity protection.
History buffs visit the community to hike the Kwikoit Creek Gold Trail once used by Chinese railroad workers in the 1880s, where they pan for gold and explore the replica log cabins, as well as the replica village of Secwepemc. The annual Gold Rush Festival includes adventure running along the trail and evening festivities.
Another major attraction is the new provincial park near Lee Creek which includes the canyon, nearby cliffs and much of the watershed. Attractions include the popular Lee Creek Bluffs mountain bike loops, zip lines, the canyon trail which has many bridges, and the waterfalls. Another feature is the old-growth forest found in the steep canyon, where the trees are protected from forest fires.
What’s most remarkable is how tight-knit the Kwikoit community is, with dozens of active clubs and organizations. Throughout, there are examples of how cooperation and collaboration help ensure that the community is able to thrive despite the challenges posed by extreme weather events and rising temperatures.
Community spirit extends to aesthetics, as the small town prides itself on its image with beautiful landscaping and quaint architecture.
The overarching theme for Kwikoit and many other similar communities in British Columbia is resilience, as to not only survive but also thrive, citizens and local governments are focused on finding the best ways to adapt to the rapidly warming climate. climate.