Victoria paying to shore up 'hidden gem' in Royston
Royston received a $325,000 grant from the province to help fund its waterfront trail project.
The Comox Valley Regional District received the grant Wednesday from the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development's Community Recreation Program.
Comox Valley MLA Don McRae made the announcement, and called the informal trail a hidden gem of the Valley.
"This is one of those little hidden gems that most people in the Comox Valley probably have never been to and don't know about," he said.
"There's a beautiful trail but it's eroding into the ocean. It's a little dangerous so this project does a couple of things; it increases walking trails in the area, but it also stops from future erosion and makes sure we maintain the land base along the shoreline."
There are no formal trails in Royston; residents use road systems, railway tracks and private property.
This project includes the construction of a trail along the Royston waterfront on a former railway grade. It will link Royston to a right-of-way owned by the City of Courtenay, which provides the opportunity to later connect with an existing waterfront trail within the City.
The new trail will be gravel, about two metres wide. Logs, rock and vegetation will be laid to stabilize the land and protect it from erosion. A parking area will be added with picnic tables, benches and signs.
The trail will be owned by the CVRD after it's completed.