RDN to renew Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail licence

Forest company offers regional district two-year access to the popular trail

The Regional District of Nanaimo accepted Island Timberland’s offer to renew the 2000 Arrowsmith CPR Regional Trail licence for another two years.

That’s good news for recreational users of the popular 10-kilometre trail that runs up from Cameron Lake through the private forest lands to the old ski hill site in the Alberni Clayoquot Regional District’s Mount Arrowsmith Regional Park.

The board unanimously voted in favour of renewing the two-year licence with Island Timberlands that expired last March.

Island Timberlands, formerly Weyerhaeuser, owns the 3.8-km of the trail corridor that forms part of the upper loop of the historic ACPRRT. The RDN has renewed the licence in 2005, 2010 and 2015.

The forest company offered the RDN another two year licence for a fee of $300 plus GST, which is the same amount the regional district paid in 2015.

The ACPRRT is one of 10 developed regional trails in the RDN. It is one of its best known trails frequently used by both residents and visitors to the region. It is featured in the RDN’s guided alpine hiking series.

The RDN also has a licence with TimberWest which cost $500 plus GST that includes three automatic five-year renewals. It remains in effect until 2026.

The funds for the licence are included in the regional parks operating budget.