Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is seeking public input on the Draft Cycling and Pedestrian Trail Plan for Galiano, Mayne, Saturna, and Pender Islands. Developed in collaboration with the Southern Gulf Islands Economic Development Commission, the plan is based on feedback collected through community engagement sessions conducted last year on each of the islands.
“The draft Trail Plan presents a vision for a trail system that will link people and places on each island and to Vancouver Island and the mainland,” said CRD Regional Parks Committee Chair, Susan Brice. “The trail system will also provide healthy and safe outdoor recreation opportunities for people to explore the islands and stay connected with nature.”
Public engagement sessions will again be held in each community to gather feedback on the draft plan:
- PENDER ISLAND: July 19, 9:30am-1pm, Farmer’s Market, Recreation & Agricultural Hall
- VICTORIA: July 21, 4pm-7pm, Ambrosia Centre, 638 Fisgard Street
- MAYNE ISLAND: July 26, 10am-1pm, Farmer’s Market, Ag Hall
- SATURNA ISLAND: August 16, 10am-2pm, Farmer’s Market, Island’s General Store
- GALIANO ISLAND: August 23, 10am-2pm, Farmer’s Market, Lions Park
“We look forward to seeing you at the public sessions to learn about this exciting initiative and become part of the process to improve the economy of our island communities,” said Southern Gulf Islands’ Electoral Area Director, Dave Howe. “Please come out and participate with your ideas for the draft plan.”
The Trail Plan will be developed over many years in phases. Approval of the trail does not constitute approval for funding to acquire, develop and operate a trail system. CRD Regional Parks will work with the Southern Gulf Islands Economic Development Commission and others to seek funding from a variety of government and non-government sources to advance implementation of the Southern Gulf Islands Cycling and Pedestrian Trail Plan.
Visit crd.bc.ca or sustainableislands.ca to view the Draft Cycling and Pedestrian Trail Plan. Hard copies and comment forms are available at the public engagement sessions, community libraries, Islands Trust offices and local Canada Post outlets on the Islands.
The draft Trail Plan is one component of the Experience the Gulf Islands initiative of the Southern Gulf Islands and Saltspring Island Economic Development Commissions. It aims to build amenities for island residents and draw specialized tourism visitors to the islands.
The CRD is a local government that delivers 200+ regional, sub-regional and local services for residents of the region which includes 13 municipalities and three electoral areas within 2370 square kilometres on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24 member Board of Directors, the CRD is working to serve the public, and build a vibrant, livable and sustainable region.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks
Tel: 250.360.3332 | Cell: 250.889.8030