Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) is developing a regional trails plan for Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender, Salt Spring and Saturna Islands. The plan will identify a conceptual regional trail route on each of the islands, and include direction for implementation.
“Regional Trails in the CRD are envisioned to be major routes for recreation and active transportation that connect communities and key regional destinations,” said David Howe, CRD Southern Gulf Islands Electoral Area Director. “In general, each regional trail route on the islands will provide a ‘spine’ or ‘loop’ that other trails can connect with to create a broader network. The goal is that each regional trail will connect the ferry terminal to at least one key destination on the island.”
“The Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan will help foster tourism, recreation, active transportation, and economic development on the islands by setting a direction for the development of a regional trail on each of the six islands,” said Wayne McIntyre, CRD Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director. “It complements the Experience the Gulf Islands initiative, and once developed, the trails will provide infrastructure for pedestrians and cyclists to travel between ferry terminals and some key recreation, tourism and commercial areas on the islands. This expansion of walking and cycling opportunities on the islands will also provide connectivity to trails and active transportation routes on Vancouver Island and the BC mainland.”
The CRD will engage the public through two rounds of consultation: one prior to drafting the plan and the second to review the draft. The trail plan will be finalized in 2018, following public consultation. Trail construction on the islands will take place over many years as funding is identified.
The public is invited to get involved in the development of the Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan. Drop in at an open house, being held on each island, to provide input on preferred route options and priorities. Comments may also be provided online by March 31, 2017. Watch newspapers and visit the website for details www.crd.bc.ca/project/gulf-islands-regional-trails-plan
The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
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