Cowichan Bay Patio Portal

Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Society

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$25,000
Cowichan wooden Boat Society :$15,000
CVRD Grant in Aid:$1,200
Capital Program Gaming Grant - TBC :$50,000
Private Donor:$10,000
Total Budget: $101,200
Quick Facts: 

The initial intent of the Society, when it was created in the 1980s, was to be a wooden boat building workshop. Its has since expanded its role to become a museum.

The Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre is a living museum of local maritime heritage, home to boat displays, model ships and most notably an 89-metre historic pier located at the foreshore of the museum. The pier is an iconic attraction in Cowichan Bay Village, however a derelict and unsafe waterfront provided limited opportunities for resident and visitors to take advantage of the community’s limited waterfront access and amenities. A recently completed community Vitalization Strategy, aimed to enhance community vibrancy and visitor attraction and prioritized the creation of “portals” that would increase public access to the waterfront at opportune points.

This project, led by the Cowichan Bay Wooden Boat Society, will construct an 800 square foot “patio portal” at the Cowichan Bay Maritime Centre waterfront, creating a new public gathering place and venue for outdoor events. Built at street-grade and wheelchair accessible, the patio will blend into the surrounding marine heritage with large sail-mast shades, a wooden boat playset for children and interpretive panels to learn about the unique maritime history of Cowichan Bay.

Upon completion, the project will provide a space for residents and visitors to take in the waterfront, and serve as an important connection between the pier, maritime centre and nearby businesses. Beautification of the waterfront, alongside other community enhancements, are anticipated to drive increased visitor traffic into the Village core, benefitting the surrounding businesses. By providing a dedicated space for pedestrians to gather, the project will also alleviate congestion concerns in the Village. 

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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