CRD to build new hiking trail, 30-metre suspension bridge
Halsam Creek Suspension Bridge in Nanaimo is shown in this undated photo. The Capital Regional District will build a similar bridge as part of the new Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail. (Courtesy CRD)
Hikers in Greater Victoria, rejoice.
The Capital Regional District is building a new 13-kilometre hiking trail complete with a 30-metre suspension bridge that will span the Goldstream River.
The Sooke Hills Wilderness Trail is being developed to fill a gap in the Trans-Canada Trail route, according to the CRD.
It will link the Humpback Reservoir in Sooke Hills Wilderness Regional Park Reserve with the new Cowichan Valley Trail, which is also under development.
That includes links to streets and trails in Langford as well as a link with the Galloping Goose, both part of the Trans-Canada route as well.
Crews are expected to break ground on the project this July, and it is estimated to be completed by July 2017.
That happens to be the 25th anniversary of the Trans-Canada Trail, as well as the country’s 150th birthday.
The CRD says the Goldstream River suspension bridge will be similar to bridges at Haslam Creek in Nanaimo, Cascade Falls in the Fraser Valley, Elk Falls Provincial Park and Juan de Fuca Marine Trail Provincial Park.
It has received three grants totalling more than $700,000 from the Trans-Canada Trail Organization for construction of the project.