Nanaimo, August 1, 2018 – Trans Canada Trail (TCT) is delighted to announce a $200,000 gift from TimberWest Forest Corp., which will support new improvements along The Great Trail in British Columbia.
TimberWest first gave $100,000 in 2017, which helped connect a significant portion of The Great Trail on South Vancouver Island. Now, today’s generous donation will support two further Trail enhancement projects along the Cowichan Valley Trail, from Halalt First Nation to the town of Ladysmith, in partnership with the Cowichan Valley Regional District.
The Trail in B.C. currently stretches over 3,000 kilometres, profiling the province’s stunning landscapes and coastal areas. Now, TCT and its partners are focused on enhancing and nurturing Trail sections across Canada for future generations.
“Thanks to donors like TimberWest, the Trail was officially connected in 2017 and became the longest network of recreational, multi-use trails in the world,” said Valerie Pringle, Co-Chair of the TCT Foundation Board. “TimberWest is a committed supporter of The Great Trail and their community. Their continued support will allow both locals and visitors to enjoy the incredible landscapes that the Cowichan Valley Trail has to offer,” she added.
“We are pleased to continue our support of The Great Trail to provide visitors and residents the opportunity to experience the natural beauty of the forests where we live and work,” said Jeff Zweig, President and CEO of TimberWest. “The Great Trail not only promotes safe, healthy recreational access, but symbolically unifies us by connecting communities and people across the Island, the Province, and the Country.”
Work is already underway on the Saltair Rail with Trail, which will connect the towns of Chemainus and Ladysmith via a 4.7-kilometre greenway. It will also include the construction of a creek crossing and an all-weather gravel surface. Once completed in 2018, this project will create a safer experience for pedestrians and cyclists.
In 2019, TimberWest’s gift will also support the local Trail group as they create a new 4.3-kilometre greenway of the Cowichan Valley Trail in Chemainus, connecting rural neighbourhoods and Indigenous communities. This important work will bypass the current roadway along Chemainus Road, establishing another continuous greenway of 20 kilometres that creates a connection linking Westholme, the village core of Chemainus, Ladysmith and Halalt First Nation.
“TimberWest continues to demonstrate its commitment to enhancing the quality of life in the Cowichan Valley, and this latest contribution is another example of the company really stepping up and walking the talk,” said Jon Lefebure, Mayor of the Municipality of North Cowichan and CVRD Board Chair.
“As we work towards the completion of nearly nine kilometres of Rail with Trail projects in the Chemainus and Saltair areas in 2018 and 2019, we are thankful for this corporate partnership and the work of the staff at Trans Canada Trail.”
TimberWest’s generous gift reflects their philosophy of responsible stewardship and their commitment to local communities where they live, work and play. TCT believes that connection was just the beginning of the Trail’s journey, and is delighted that TimberWest agrees.
The Great Trail by Trans Canada Trail
Stretching for more than 24,000 kilometres and profiling Canada’s diverse landscapes and communities, The Great Trail is the world’s longest network of recreational multi-use trails. This bold project, 25 years in the making, has been achieved with the help of our partners, donors, volunteers and all levels of government.
Moving forward, our mission will be to continue to enhance and improve the Trail. This involves creating even more adventures by developing new Trail sections, converting more roadways to greenways, making the Trail more accessible and funding emergency repairs. We will promote and assist in the development and use of The Great Trail by garnering support and continuing to nurture valuable relationships with Trail enthusiasts and partners across the country.
TimberWest has trail license agreements with the Regional District of Nanaimo for the TCT crossing at Haslam Creek, and a trail license agreement with the Cowichan Valley Regional District for the TCT trail along the Bush Main – in total this encompasses approximately 10 kilometres of trail connection on Central Vancouver Island.
TimberWest has over 100 kilometres of public trail access through its private land by way of access agreements with various organizations. TimberWest has been operating for over 100 years on the B.C. coast. All its public and private forest lands are third-party certified under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative. TimberWest is privately owned by two leading Canadian pension funds.
Publicist, Trans Canada Trail
Director of Communications, TimberWest