Courtenay Riverway to be extended south

The Courtenay Riverway is one of the Comox Valley’s most popular trails.

Plans are now in the works to extend the pathway further south, with a goal of eventually connecting to the Royston Seaside Trail. Learn more about the project at a drop-in open house on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Native Sons Hall Grand Hall (upper level).

The first phase of the project is planned between Millard and Beachwood roads, with construction expected in 2020.

Dave Snider, the City of Courtenay’s director of recreation and cultural services, said the project was identified as a priority through the Parks and Recreation Master Plan adopted in 2019. It’s also noted in the Official Community Plan and the Connecting Courtenay: Transportation Master Plan.

“This trail has been on the community’s wish list for quite some time,” noted Snider. “Providing more off-road, recreational connections helps encourage physical activity and active transportation. The Courtenay Riverway, with its amazing views of the estuary, is a beautiful place to be active. We’re really pleased to be moving forward on this project.”

The trail will be constructed along a former rail corridor now owned by the City. The Riverway Trail will provide an off-road, recreational connection to downtown and the rest of the City’s trail network. The trail will consist of a three-metre wide crushed aggregate multi-use pathway, consistent with the existing trail network in south Courtenay.

For project updates, visit www.courtenay.ca/riverwayextension

FMI: contact Recreation and Cultural Services at 250-334-4441 or email rcs@courtenay.ca

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