Area C director and CVRD chair Edwin Grieve (far left)

Area C director and CVRD chair Edwin Grieve (far left)

Equestrians, walkers already enjoying new trail near Courtenay

The Comox Valley regional District's three area directors thanked many supporters as they officially opened the Brazier trail

The Comox Valley regional District’s three area directors  recognized and thanked many partners and supporters Wednesday as they officially opened the Brazier trail in Puntledge-Black Creek (Area C).

As a priority of the rural Comox Valley parks and greenways strategic plan, this significant connector now allows for loops and longer outings, and is proving popular with equestrians and walkers.

Improvements along this old logging road have created a 640-metre surfaced trail connecting the One Spot Trail with the Wildwood Interpretive Forest. The new trail is at the end of Brazier Road just north of Courtenay in the Dove Creek area.

“We want to extend our appreciation to the donors who granted the CVRD a 12-metre statutory right-of-way along the north boundary of their property for public trail use,” said Edwin Grieve, Comox Valley regional district board chair and Area C director. “This couldn’t have happened without their support.”

Jim Gillis, director for Lazo North (Area B), and Bruce Jolliffe, director for Baynes Sound-Denman/Hornby Islands (Area A) were also on hand for the ceremony.

As the land is located in the Agricultural Land Reserve, another important step was receiving endorsement from the Agricultural Community Advisory Panel to help gain approval from the Provincial Land Commission.

Over the next few months, surface improvements will be made to a two-kilometre section of trail in the Wildwood Interpretive Forest leading to Burns Road. This will allow residents to walk or ride 6.6 kilometres of forested trails from Brazier Road to the intersection of Piercy Road and Greaves Crescent.

The CVRD is a federation of three electoral areas and three municipalities providing sustainable services for residents and visitors to the area.

Comox Valley Regional District