On April 26, the community gathered to celebrate the completion of a section of the Cowichan Valley Trail that links Chemainus, Saltair and Ladysmith. Once completed the trail will be a continuous 120-kilometre non-motorized multi-use trail.
The 4.3 km Saltair Rail with Trail Project was officially completed, connecting the communities of Ladysmith, Saltair and Chemainus with a three-metrewide compacted gravel surface that is gently-graded and suitable for walking, cycling and equestrian use.
“We’re thankful for the support we received from our funding partners to make this project possible, and that of our communities to fulfill the vision of creating a fully integrated piece of The Great Trail,” said Ian Morrison, Chair of the Cowichan Valley Regional District.
The newly completed route includes a 27-metre single-span bridge across Stocking Creek and scenic views of Mount Brenton to west and the Gulf Islands to the east.
As the trail passes through Saltair, side trips for hiking into Stocking Creek Park are readily accessible, where users can view the park waterfall and stroll alongside the creek before continuing back on to the Cowichan Valley Trail.