Salish Sea Marine Trail

BC Marine Trails Network Association

Sources of Funding
ICET:$25,144
BC Marine Trails Network Association:$25,144
Recreation Sites and Trails BC Ministry of Forests:$5,000
Total Budget: $55,288

The ICET region offers outstanding opportunities for marine tourism, and paddlesports are a rapidly growing element of the marine recreation and tourism sector. Despite growth in popularity and economic impact, paddlesports have not been part of any collective tourism strategy. There is an opportunity to leverage marketing and awareness efforts aimed at paddlesport tourists through the Trans-Canada Trail - a recreational trail which is becoming a world-renowned tourism asset.

This project, which is now underway, is a 257-km marine route designed for paddlecraft and other small, self-propelled boats. The Salish Sea Marine Trail will be a significant water route component of the Trans Canada Trail. The project includes new recreation sites in the Winchelsea Islands, South Ballenas Island, and Wilson Creek near Sechelt. Service hubs will be created as centres for basing tours and explorations of portions of the Salish Sea Marine Trail, combining options such as food, accommodations, supplies, transportation, rentals and tours as well as options for day trips.

Development of the trail and new recreation sites will attract new marine trail visitors and the creation of service hubs will connect local businesses with marine trail users.  The Salish Sea Marine Trail will create the opportunity for new business development, package services, features and attractions around regional hubs and will raise the profile of many island and coastal locations in the region.

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)
50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together
$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated
2,600
post completion jobs created
$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested
$230
million leveraged into the region
$49.1
million disbursed
$50.9
million committed
185
economic development projects
150
projects completed
36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities
50+
communities with ICET projects

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