Historic Alberni Inlet CNPR Trail

Alberni Valley Enhancement Association

Sources of Funding
ICET:$76,000
ACRD - Tourism Fund Grant:$25,000
Federal Job Creation Program:$39,333
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation:$7,000
BC Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts:$4,000
Mountain Equipment Coop:$3,000
BC Federation of Mountain Clubs:$600
In Kind Contributions:$5,963
Total Budget: $160,896
Quick Facts: 

The 24km trail offers spectacular views of the Alberni Inlet, Mount Arrowsmith and the City of Port Alberni.

The Alberni Inlet Trail is part of an ongoing trail project using the historic Canadian Northern Pacific Railway grade, and is a component of a trail-building initiative throughout the Alberni Valley. The Alberni Inlet Trail was only partially complete and required further construction and development to be a marketable attraction.

This project supported constructing a connecting trail from the City of Port Alberni south to the existing trail at China Creek, and extending the route past Franklin River to Headquarters Bay. The work finalized the trail route and built trail infrastructure, stream crossings, signage and visitor parking. The welcoming first five kilometres of the trail taking visitors to Boy Scout Beach - a popular family destination - is constructed to park standards and the rest of the trail follows a backcountry standard.

The completion of this part of the Alberni Inlet Trail, in December 2011, is a step towards connecting Lake Cowichan to the Alberni Inlet, and is part of a major mid-island trail plan ultimately linking to the Trans Canada Trail system along the east coast of the island to the Galloping Goose in Victoria. Trail expansion in this region provides new recreation opportunities for explorers on the west coast of Vancouver Island and stimulates the local economy. The Alberni Valley is a three hour drive from Victoria and is within easy weekend distance of Vancouver, attracting many urban visitors seeking to enjoy the outdoors.

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

ICET By The Numbers

$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

ICET By The Numbers

$4.6
dollars leveraged for every ICET dollar invested

ICET By The Numbers

$236
million leveraged into the region

ICET By The Numbers

$50.5
million disbursed

ICET By The Numbers

$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

ICET By The Numbers

36%
projects in small (less than 5,000) communities

ICET By The Numbers

50+
communities with ICET projects

2019-2020 ANNUAL REPORT

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