Sayward Working Waterfront Gateway Trail

Village of Sayward

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$183,750
Village of Sayward:$83,750
BC Rural Dividend Fund:$100,000
Total Budget: $367,500

With a long history as a working harbour, and home to a booming resource industry, the Village of Sayward is positioning itself as a new experiential tourism hub for resource sector and cultural tourism.

The Working Waterfront Destination Gateway Trail connect points-of-interest such as the ‘Boom Ballet’ – an intricate dance of boom boats - and other historical assets along the harbour with wayfinding information and interpretive lookouts. The project allows visitors to experience Sayward in a modern-day context, highlighting the community’s commercial fisheries, forestry and coastal community life along with the rich settlers’ history of fishing and forestry, thousands of years of Indigenous cultural history, fertile ecology and natural environment. The new elements will also connect Sayward’s existing trails and other recreational amenities to the waterfront and to the town.

The trail is the first step toward a new experiential tourism destination drawing visitors into the region. Completed in 2019, the project is anticipated to serve as a catalyst to encourage the growth of existing accommodation, hospitality and retail businesses, as well as attract new business developments in the village adjacent to the trail. 

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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