ʔAPSČIIK T’AŠII CONNECTOR TRAIL

District of Tofino

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$385,122
District of Tofino:$122,842
Strategic Priorities Fund:$2,276,726
BC Bike Funding:$1,000,000
Total Budget: $3,784,690

The Pacific Rim National Parks attracts close to a million visitors annually, with the District of Tofino serving as a popular jumping off point to explore the park. In 2017, A federal investment in the ʔapsčiik t’ašii Trail established a cycling path through the National Park, but stops short of connecting to Tofino’s existing multi use path by 2.8km. The remaining highway has little to no shoulder, and a high number of obstacles inhibiting visitors from safely venturing to the park without a vehicle.

The Tofino Connector Trail will extend Tofino’s multiuse path to the Parks Canada Trail, providing a safe, barrier-free trail to access the Pacific Rim National Park by foot or on bicycle. The project includes construction a 3m wide, separated asphalt pathway with culverted creek crossings, retaining walls and a pedestrian bridge. Upon completion, the connector will link over 40km of uninterrupted pathway for visitors to explore the Pacific Rim National Park in an entirely new way.

As a result of the new infrastructure, Tofino will be able to market a new recreational amenity in the region, and attract new markets in cycling and sustainable-tourism. Anticipated outcomes include increased length of stay and return visits; increased visitor spending; and diversification and development of new businesses such as shuttle services, bike shops and other services catering to trail users. The project will also enhance integration with the Tla-o-qui-aht communities of Esowista and Ty-Histanis - creating opportunities for collaboration in cycling and cultural tourism, while improving access to basic services and employment in Tofino. Completion is estimated for Spring 2020.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2018-19 Annual Report

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