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#1 ressen

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Posted 25 January 2007 - 08:58 PM

Victoria area has an incredible network of walking and cycling trails. Unfortunately the Galloping Goose trail was severed at Leechtown when the water district decided to expand the Sooke Lake reservoir. Had the trail not been cut here, it would have been a relatively short level ride to Shawnigan Lake. To get to Shawnigan Lake by trail will become possible when the link is made from the Goose to the Trans Canada Trail that is currently in final stages of being laid out; however the trip will involve a climb up the Malahat. The junction of the Goose and the TC.Trail will be at Sooke Rd. near the Luxton fairground from where it will cross Sooke Rd. and go west trough the West Hills development, along the Humpback reservoir and then North towards Shawnigan Lk.

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Posted 02 February 2007 - 09:36 PM

$11 million coming for rail trail

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John Luton, executive director of the Capital Bike and Walk Society, says the money will support the ongoing work to turn the E&N into a commuter rail line.

By Brennan Clarke
Goldstream News Gazette
Feb 02 2007

Major upgrades are in store for the E&N Railway, thanks to an imminent infusion of more than $11.3 million in federal funds that will be used to expand the Capital Region’s network of cycling and walking trails.

In December, the Capital Regional District board decided to allocate $5.65 million in federal gas tax money to help build a “multi-use trail facility” along the E&N railway between downtown Victoria and Langford.

Bob Lapham, general manager of planning for the CRD, said the organization has applied for an additional $5.65 million from a second federal program earmarked for green transportation initiatives

“It’s basically matching funds to complete the trails construction, including some of the connectors,” he said. “It’s a competitive process, so it’s not a given, but the project meets all the criteria.”

The first half of the money flowsing from federal gas tax revenues that former prime minister Paul Martin pledged to return to the provinces, was allocated to the CRD with the proviso it be used for regionally significant transportation projects. The CRD received just over $11 million from that fund and split the allocation between the E&N project and a transportation corridor project on Douglas Street.

Lapham said CRD staff will need most of 2007 to design the E&N trail and reconfigure several key road crossings. Plans call for completion of the trail by 2010.

One of the big-ticket items will be the replacement of the rail bridge near Four Mile Pub with a wider version able to accommodate both rail cars and pedestrians and cyclists. That work will also involve moving the bridge footings back from the road’s edge, in conjunction with the Town of View Royal, to make way for bicycle lanes along the narrow stretch of the Island Highway.

Lapham said there will also be significant improvements to the rail crossing along Esquimalt Road at Catherine Street and another crossing near the intersection of Colville and Admirals Road.

Once completed, the new “rail trail” will stretch from downtown Victoria “almost to Goldstream,” Lapham said.

John Luton, executive director of the Capital Bike and Walk Society, applauded the CRD board for supporting the transportation corridor and said the work will support the ongoing drive to turn the E&N into a commuter rail line.

“There’s some big projects that can be done along the E&N with this money,” he said. “It’s very exciting.”

Luton called on the CRD, its municipal partners, and the Island Corridor Foundation, which owns the E&N, to directly involve user groups and members of the public in the design.


Very nice! Trails are great for tourists and locals alike. Did you know that bicycle helmets are not mandatory on trails.

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Posted 19 November 2010 - 07:41 AM


The First Nations along Admirals Rd will not alow the rail trail to cut trough their land. I guess payback's a *****.

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Posted 09 August 2021 - 05:54 AM

Nature Trail Society seeks pathway connections through Greater Victoria


Proposal would connect Thetis Lake with two provincial parks




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