Project Title:

Cowichan Lake Trail Development Beaver Creek Bridge Connectivity

Project Organization:

Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society

Project Investment:

  • Island Coastal Economic Trust: $18,000
  • Applicant Equity: $18,000
  • Total Budget: $36,000

Project Highlight:

Through this project, visitors will have access to more than 1,000 hectares of private forest land (owned by Mosaic Forest Management).

Well-planned tourism experiences, such as hiking and cycling excursions, are key ways of building a higher yield and year-round visitor economy in the Cowichan Lake Region.

In 2018, a regional collaboration of western Cowichan communities partnered to develop a Trust-funded Tourism Action Plan and trails master plan to develop tourism as a sustainable economic driver, specifically focusing on tourism product and infrastructure development.

This project will install an aluminum hiking and biking bridge over salmon-bearing Beaver Creek. It will be built, maintained, and promoted by the Cowichan Lake Trail Blazers Society and span safely from one creek bank to the other and the design will be sustainable, economical, and not interfere with the sensitivities of the creek bed.

The project will serve as a gateway and catalyst to expanding the year-round tourism appeal and allow more people the opportunity to experience salmon spawning without any negative impacts on habitat.

Island Coastal Economic Trust approved funding for this project in 2023 through the Capital and Innovation program.