For the Trans Mountain Expansion Project, we use existing campsites to temporarily accommodate construction workers and develop yards for industrial laydown or for new camp facilities.

Chawathil First Nation Telte Yet Campsite in Hope, BC.

In 2021, we invested in projects that will result in assets that Indigenous communities can use for years to come. In Hope, BC, we completed upgrades at the Chawathil First Nation Telte Yet Campsite, including 15 additional camping sites, new washroom facilities, as well as power, sewer and water to all 40 sites (existing and new).

After the Expansion Project is complete and no longer needed for accommodations, it will provide long-term social and economic benefits and opportunities for the Chawathil First Nation. We have worked with multiple First Nations, including Leq'á:mel, Shxw'ōwhámél and Popkum, to develop yards that can later be used for housing, schools, soccer fields or the establishment of a business such as a roadside restaurant or gas station.

The yards are flat, cleared areas, sometimes capped with gravel. Yard development provides direct economic investment into the community, while also leaving the community with a space that can be leased to other businesses or used for community development projects.

Learn more about Trans Mountain’s relationships with Indigenous communities here.