The Capital Regional District is developing a Regional Trails Plan for Galiano, Mayne, North and South Pender, Salt Spring and Saturna Islands.

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. The Regional Trails Plan 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.

Public Engagement

The CRD drafted a Regional Trails Plan for the Gulf Islands. The draft plan identifies a conceptual regional trail route on each of the main islands and outlines how regional trails will be developed. General highlights of the plan were on display at each of the Gulf Islands in August and September 2017.

The also CRD hosted open houses on each of the islands in March 2017 to gather input on preferred route options and priorities for the plan.

Thank you to everyone who attended the public sessions to learn more and provide comments, and to those who submitted responses online.

CRD staff will review the feedback to finalize the draft management plan and submit it to the CRD Regional Parks Committee and CRD Board for approval in 2018.

Background

The Board approved 2012-2021 CRD Regional Parks Strategic Plan includes an action that CRD staff “In partnership with other public agencies, local government and private landowners, initiate planning for the regional trails system on Salt Spring Island and Southern Gulf Islands.”

Planning for a system of trails on the Southern Gulf Islands was initiated in 2013 and public input was gathered regarding potential trails in 2014. This information will be used to inform the development of the plan in 2017.

Experience the Gulf Islands Initiative

The intent of the Experience the Gulf Islands (ETGI) initiative is to enhance the social, environmental and economic sustainability of the islands. This is an initiative of the Southern Gulf Islands and Salt Spring Island Economic Development Commissions. One component of the ETGI initiative is a connected pedestrian and cycling trail system on the islands. The ETGI Concept Plan supports a coordinated approach to the various local and regional trail planning projects. Read more >>

Mayne Island Demonstration Project

The CRD is planning a demonstration regional trail on Mayne Island. The trail will be designed to accommodate pedestrians and cyclists. This project will inform the development of other routes in the Gulf Islands Regional Trails Plan. Construction of the demonstration trail will occur once adequate funding is secured.

The draft design for the 2.3 km regional trail demonstration project was showcased on September 9 at the Mayne Island Community Centre. If you missed the public meeting, you can view a summary of the project below.

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