Plan and build with First Journey Trails.

Trail Development, Consultation And Construction


Listed as Qualified Trail Planner
by the Province of British Columbia

At the forefront of trail design & construction

Though our primary field of expertise is the design and construction of mountain bike facilities, we offer a comprehensive list of recreational services. Satisfied clients include: municipalities, mountain bike clubs, Ministry of Recreation Sites & Trails, First Nations, and private landowners. Thomas Schoen has been building trails since 1998 in the Interior of BC. In 2009 First Journey Consulting entered into a trailbuilding agreement with the District of Wells and carried out the construction of the areas’ new multi-use trail network.

Since 2009 First Journey Consulting has authored numerous trail-planing documents and trail-network masterplans including the masterplan for the Williams Lake Westsyde network, the Desous Mountain Masterplan, the Soda Creek and Deep Creek networks and the Williams Lake Indian Band trail networks.


We specialize in trail design, trail network masterplans, community network development, stakeholder consultations, trail building workshops and First Nation’s MTB development projects. FJT offers award winning tourism development and consultation background and non-profit management expertise.

  • Trail Design & Construction
  • Trail Planning
  • Workshops
  • Consultation
  • Business Plans
  • Budget Consultation
  • Inventory Evaluations
  • Project/Contractor Management

Past Projects

Our project portfolio includes the planning and construction of a number of community signature trails. Our crew of highly experienced master trail builders help bring dreams and ideas to life. Browse our project gallery and complete trail inventory list to see what First Journey Trails has been up to over the years.

Snakes & Ladders

Williams Lake, BC – 2012

Snakes & Ladders

Soda Creek Trail Network Expansion

Xatśūll First Nation – 2018/19

Soda Creek Trail Network Expansion

Canim Lake FN Trail

Canim Lake, BC – 2020

Canim Lake FN Trail

Meet The Team

Meet the people that make it happen

Thomas (First Journey Trails) has repeatedly shown the benefits of working closely with Land Managers and fully understands the requirements to ensure all stakeholders are accounted for and has taken this message even further by educating user groups that it leads to a more efficient project if you identify and deal with the issues up front, instead of putting out fires as you go. This is made evident in the detailed plans that have been submitted to our program, which fully outlined exactly what was to be undertaken in the field setting.

Desi Cheverie, MFLNR District Rec Officer

Tom is an accomplished trail builder, project planner and expert craftsman.  The completion of the Williams Lake Cycling Club’s recent project, the Snakes and Ladders rebuild, could not have been done without him.  With over 10 kilometres of flowy single track that features countless berms, multiple jumps and unique wood structures, Snakes and Ladders provides a testament to both his professionalism and creativity.  Thomas was the project coordinator,a planner and one of the primary builders on the project and his expertise was evident in all phases of the build.

Shawn Lewis, President WLCC

The PGCC believes that First Journey had a positive impact on the mountain bike community in Prince George, and wholeheartedly recommends the company, and Thomas, to any organizations seeking trail work

Liam Baker, Prince George Cycling Club

Thomas has proven to have a sound ability in Trail planning by providing RSTBC with a comprehensive trail development plan.

Kurt Williams, Rec Sites and Trails BC

Thomas is an expert trail builder and project coordinator. He’s able to accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently within budget, and his creativity allows him to create long-lasting, interesting trails.

Sundance Topham, CEO Village of Cumberland

Trails to Reconciliation

The Indigenous Youth Mountain Bike Program is a group of riders, trail builders, community activists and leaders whoare passionate about trails, riding, building, reconciliation, and building healthy, resilient and adaptive communities.


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