Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board approved today a regional trails plan for Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender, Salt Spring and Saturna Islands. The Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan outlines a conceptual regional trail route on each of these islands. The plan also provides guidance on how the trails will be prioritized, developed, managed and operated.
The Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan highlights include:
- 5 new regional trails for pedestrians and cyclists, totalling 50 km
- regional trails that connect ferry terminals to key destinations such as parks or commercial hubs
- regional trails as main routes to which other trails can connect, creating a wider network
- guidance for trail development priorities and management
- a phased approach for trail development, with initial sections totalling approximately 20 km
“An integrated network of trails on the islands will benefit the regional district by providing opportunities for recreation and active transportation, and will support eco-tourism,” said CRD Board Chair Steve Price. “The CRD will seek partnerships and grants to help fund development of each of these regional trails over time.”
The first priority is to construct an initial section of the Mayne Island Regional Trail, subject to funding, as a demonstration project.
“This plan benefits residents and visitors by setting a coordinated, future direction to connect key destinations on each of the islands. It also complements eco-tourism and economic development initiatives on the Gulf Islands,” said CRD Salt Spring Island Electoral Area Director Wayne McIntyre. “The regional trails will enable connections with community pathways and trail networks on Salt Spring Island and the southern Gulf Islands.
In developing the plan, the CRD held public sessions on the islands, met with First Nations, and gathered input and feedback online, all of which informed the vision, policies, trail routes and priorities. There is strong public support for the plan. Eighty-four percent of respondents support the policies; 78% support the trail routes; and 73% support the phased approach for implementation.
The engagement process and input received are highlighted in public participation reports, which are available online, along with the Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan. Please visit 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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Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Parks & Environmental Services