The Town is pleased to announce the completion of the Rodway Trail. The trail has been completely restored and features a new graded access point and engineered stairs that create a continuous trail from the upper plateau on Arbutus Street to the waterfront.
This trail will not only open up commuter connections for residents in west Qualicum Beach, but will also allow tourist and resident access to walking loops 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 the Town benefits by having access to it from multiple points.
The project started as the COVID-19 pandemic hit and was immediately affected by supply chain issues and labour shortages. Nonetheless, with persistence from staff, the project was able to reach completion within grant deadlines. The total project cost was approximately $150,600 and funding of $100,000 was received from the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development through their Community Development Grant funding stream.
Bob Weir, Director of Engineering & Capital Projects for the Town 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
Town of Qualicum Beach