Hidden Grove Trail

Sechelt Groves Society

Sources of Funding
ICET:$6,681
BC Rehab Foundation:$3,000
Sechelt Groves Society:$2,336
Sunshine Coast Community Foundation:$2,200
District of Sechelt:$1,000
Sandy Hook Community Association:$750
In Kind Contributions:$6,681
Total Budget: $26,707
Quick Facts: 

Already the number of visitors to the Hidden Grove has increased with a notable rise in the number of seniors and walkers with mobility issues.

Hidden Grove is a preserved area of old growth forest within the District of Sechelt. It is a popular year-round destination for both residents and visitors who enjoy the beautiful natural environment. There are few accessible trails in BC and the Sunshine Coast is no exception.  The area attracts a significant number of seniors and others with mobility challenges and there are limited opportunities for this niche market to enjoy outdoor amenities. The Hidden Grove Trail project addresses this issue with the construction of an accessible 900 metre, hard-surface trail.

The new accessibility trail, completed in 2012, is named ayat-tsut or “take it easy” in the Sechelt language. The trail winds more than 450 metres from the parking lot through new-growth forest until it arrives at the Ancient Grove: a forest with trees as old as 750 years. The trail has a hard, compacted, surface and is at least five feet wide throughout. Maximum grades do not exceed accessibility standards of about 5 per cent.

Located 4 km from the highly popular Porpoise Bay Provincial Park, the Hidden Grove area is a prime destination for travelers looking to take in the region's abundant natural beauty. The availability of a fully accessible outdoor amenity will help to grow the region’s tourism market by attracting more mobility challenged visitors, a growing niche market in BC. The trail’s proximity to residential areas will also support the attraction of new active-living resident.

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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