Benson Creek Falls Park Improvements

Regional District of Nanaimo

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$103,125
Community/Local Government :$161,925
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan:$403,315
Total Budget: $668,365
Quick Facts: 

The estimated increase in visitation is projected to be 9,900 visitor days. The total spending impact is estimated at $600,000. 

Located within the Regional District of Nanaimo, Benson Creek Falls Regional Park is a popular and growing visitor destination. It has a vast network of trails and creek crossings, access to mountain biking and horseback riding at the nearby Mount Benson area. Ammonite Falls, its key attraction, has been named one of Nanaimo’s “Natural Wonders”.  

Access to the Falls has been limited due to numerous dangerous natural obstacles, including a steep and slipper bank with a rope and a steep bank and log crossing over Benson Creek.  

Led by the Regional District of Nanaimo, the project involved enhancing public access to, and mobility within, a regionally significant park. Improvements consist of new trail sections and improvements; a staircase and viewing platform; a truss bridge; habitat rehabilitation and erosion controls; 40 stall parking lot; interpretive signage; and a parking lot information kiosk. In partnership with Tourism Vancouver Island, the project will also include interpretive information and educate visitors about sustainable, safe and respectful use of the trail. Encouraging a user engagement model that strengthens understanding and enthusiasm for citizen stewardship of natural spaces is in line with best practices in park management across Canada. The marketing of hiking and viewing Ammonite Falls will be part of a regional and Vancouver Island wide network of hiking destinations and printed and digital materials will be developed to help promote the destination. 

By establishing upgrades to the existing trail network, including enhanced trail linkages, improved descents and new interpretative signage and parking, the District will capitalize on one of Nanaimo’s top visitor assets. By increasing the number of visitors or ensuring that existing visitors extend their stay, the region’s complement of hospitality amenities and services stand to benefit. 

ICET By The Numbers

2,500
person years employment created (construction phase)

ICET By The Numbers

50
locally elected officials and MLAs working together

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$10.4
million annual provincial government revenue generated

ICET By The Numbers

3,650
post completion jobs created

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$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

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$52.1
million committed

ICET By The Numbers

212
economic development projects

ICET By The Numbers

170
projects completed

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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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