The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development (the “Province”) has awarded $100,000 to the Town of Qualicum Beach through the Rural Community Development Grant funding stream.
This project will re-establish the Rodway Trail, a once heavily used recreational and commuter trail that provides access for residents in West Qualicum Beach to the commercial waterfront area. The trail will have a new graded access point built, and engineered stairs that create a continuous trail down the bank. The trail will run from Arbutus Street, and continue to Highway 19A.
This trail will not only open up commuter connections for residents, but will allow tourists access to walking “loops” that lead to various attractions and businesses around the Town. Likewise, the waterfront is one of Qualicum Beach’s most integral cultural, social and environmental assets, and access to it from multiple points strengthens the community’s connection to it.
Mayor Brian Wiese says “We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia in this important project. The Town has long wanted to restore this trail and provide greater access for West Qualicum Beach residents to the beachfront for their everyday use. We also recognize that the more trail linkages we have between our uptown commercial core and the waterfront, the more it creates recreation tourism opportunities, and benefits our local economy.”
Bob Weir, P. Eng
Director of Engineering, Capital Projects & Airport Executive
Town of Qualicum Beach