The Town of Qualicum Beach’s Rodway Trail project received $100K in provincial government funding. (Submitted photo)

Qualicum Beach trail project receives $100,000 funding boost

Money to be used to re-establish popular Rodway Trail

The Town of Qualicum Beach’s Rodway Trail project has received funding from the provincial government.

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has awarded $100,000 to the town through the Rural Community Development Grant funding stream.

The funds will be used to re-establish the Rodway Trail, a once heavily used recreational and commuter trail that provides access for residents in West Qualicum Beach to the commercial waterfront area. The trail will have a new graded access point built, and engineered stairs that create a continuous trail down the bank. The trail will run from Arbutus Street, and continue to Highway 19A.

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“We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia in this important project,” said mayor Brian Wiese. “The town has long wanted to restore this trail and provide greater access for West Qualicum Beach residents to the beachfront for their everyday use. We also recognize that the more trail linkages we have between our uptown commercial core and the waterfront, the more it creates recreation tourism opportunities, and benefits our local economy.”

The Rodway Trail will not only open up commuter connections for residents, but will allow tourists access to walking loops that lead to various attractions and businesses around the town.

Likewise, the waterfront is one of Qualicum Beach’s most integral cultural, social and environmental assets, and access from multiple points strengthens the community’s connection to it.

— NEWS Staff, submitted

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