Project Type Active Transportation; Recreation
Project Status Design
Project Area Southern Gulf Islands
Estimated Cost $3,900,000
Estimated End Date 31-Dec-2023

Description

The Capital Regional District is responsible for the planning, operation and maintenance of regional trails within the capital region. As identified in the Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan (2018), the first regional trail segment to be developed in the Gulf Islands is Phase 1 of the Mayne Island Regional Trail. This 2.3 km bike and pedestrian trail will be developed between Village Bay and Miners Bay village. The CRD’s Engineering Services and Regional Parks divisions will oversee the development of the trail. Construction is anticipated to start in 2021 and be completed in 2023.

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Grant

Funding support through an Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program – Community, Culture and Recreation Infrastructure grant is being provided by the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia. The grant was announced in early July 2020. This project could not move forward at this time without the financial support of this federal/provincial program. Additional funding support for the project is provided by CRD Regional Parks.

Trail Route

A conceptual regional trail route for Mayne Island was first considered in 2015 and a preliminary design was initiated shortly thereafter. In summer 2017, an open house was held on Mayne Island to showcase the Mayne Island Regional Trail Phase 1 design and the larger Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan project. The Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan was approved by the CRD Board in early 2018 and the design for the trail was completed later that year. The trail route will be developed adjacent to and on the north side of Village Bay Road between the BC Ferries terminal and Naylor Road.

Project Information

In the planning and design stage of all trail construction projects, the CRD assesses the environmental, archaeological and geotechnical situation to identify if any significant resources or challenges exist that need to be addressed before or during construction.

In the environmental assessment, consideration is given to aspects such as the vegetation, invasive species, wildlife/habitat, and erosion and environmental protection measures are identified to minimize potential for disturbance. Initially, approximately 90 mature trees were expected to be removed for trail development. Through route/design changes this has been minimized to approximately 70 and CRD will continue to work to reduce this number if possible through the finalizing of the detailed design. Other actions being taken to reduce potential impacts include working with the Mayne Island Conservancy Society on a pre-construction native plant removal opportunity for the community, minimizing the spread of invasive species during construction through specific control measures, minimizing impact to wildlife by clearing the route outside of the migratory bird window and amphibian breeding period, retaining shelter habitat for wildlife such as wildlife trees and downed logs, and requiring specific erosion control measures such as fencing/straw wattles downslope of construction, installing rock or sandbag check dams in existing ditches and minimizing soil exposure by planning.

Protection of archaeological resources is also a key consideration and CRD works with registered archaeologists to assess potential for resources and potential for impact. Archaeological information is kept confidential to help ensure protection of cultural heritage resources. No areas with potential for subsurface deposits will be impacted by the proposed regional trail route and the risk of unrecorded archaeological resources is considered to be low along the trail route. No further archaeological work was recommended by the archaeologist. If any unanticipated archaeological resources are encountered during construction, work would will stop and required provincial processes would be followed.

Geotechnical assessment is undertaken using desktop and on-site visual reviews to identify the soil and rock situation along the route and determine geo-technically challenging areas to assist in trail design and construction. In general, the native soils and bedrock seen and anticipated throughout the proposed trail route are considered suitable to support an appropriately designed trail structure. Based on grading, slopes and/or retaining walls will be necessary in several areas. Cuts and fills will be balanced to the greatest degree possible, ensuring that engineered fill is clean, free draining material of quality, strong parent material. The geotechnical engineer provided specific technical information regarding cuts, fill, retaining walls, subgrade preparation, and site soils that will be used in the final design work and construction.

Project Schedule

2021

  • Confirm route in the field - Winter
  • Local government notification – Winter
  • Continue First Nations engagement - Spring
  • Route neighbour notifications - Spring
  • Finalize required land agreements – Spring/Summer
  • Finalize tender-ready trails designs – Spring/Summer
  • Public notifications of project – Spring/Summer
  • Initiate pre-construction site preparation – Fall/Winter

2022

  • Complete pre-construction site preparation – Spring
  • Construction starts – Spring

2023

  • Construction complete

Frequently Asked Questions

When will the trail be completed?

The trail construction will begin in 2022 and be complete by the end of 2023.

How much with it cost?

The overall project value is estimated at $3.9 million. Project costs include a wide range of things including project management costs, construction management, contract administration, required assessments (e.g., environmental, geotechnical, archaeological), final design, all construction-related aspects (e.g. earthworks, retaining walls, any necessary rock removal, relocation of utilities, culverts, base and surfacing materials), signage, and a trail opening event.

Where is the money coming from?

CRD Regional Parks has been accruing $200,000/year since 2016 to assist in the planning and development of regional trails in the Southern Gulf Islands and Salt Spring Island Electoral Areas. To-date these funds have also supported the development of the Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan (past project) and the development of engineering design for initial sections of future regional trails on North Pender, Galiano and Saturna Islands

In addition, the CRD has been approved for an Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program grant to assist with the development of Phase 1 of the Mayne Island Regional Trail. This is a joint federal/provincial grant.

Who chose the standards for the trail (width, materials)?

Regional trail development guidelines were established as part of the Regional Trails Management Plan, which was approved by the CRD Board in 2016. The low-use rural, wilderness or sensitive area design is being used for the Mayne Island Regional Trail, rather than the standard regional trail design.

How does the CRD mitigate environmental impacts from the trail development?

The CRD endeavors to protect significant natural features and minimize environmental impacts along the route to the greatest degree possible, while ensuring a safe trail is developed. The CRD engages with environmental consultants and engineers in the planning and design stage. The environmental consultant identifies ecological attributes, riparian areas, wildlife and bird habitat, sensitive ecosystems and protected species and provides suggestions to minimize disturbances and to mitigate impacts.

When will all the regional trails on the Gulf Islands be completed?

As noted in the Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan (GIRTP), the development of the regional trail system in the Gulf Islands is a long term initiative and will require significant external funding. Specific delivery of individual trail segments will be undertaken when adequate internal and external funding is available. The initial segment of the Mayne Island Regional Trail is the first installment and lessons learned from the delivery of this segment will be applied to subsequent trail sections.

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Last updated July 23

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