Discovery Island Marine Trail Planning

BC Marine Trails Network Association (BCMTNA)

Sources of Funding
ICET Contribution:$10,000
BC Rural Dividend Fund :$10,000
Total Budget: $20,000
Quick Facts: 

This is a complex and multifaceted project incorporating the needs and interests of various stakeholders, particularly due to the overlapping traditional territory of First Nations, the high commercial forestry use and even the high level of commercial ecotourism in the region.

In 2017, the BC Marine Trails Network Association (BCMTNA) completed the Salish Sea Marine Trail, a 294 km route that facilitates travel by paddle craft between the mainland and Vancouver Island. The BCMTNA is now looking at developing the Discovery Islands Marine Trail, a regional section of the coastal-wide BC Marine Trail between Powell River, Campbell River and Sayward that will also accommodate a selection of side and alternative routes throughout the southernmost region of the Great Bear Rainforest. 

Following on the success of the Salish Sea Marine trail, this project undertook the necessary consultations to form a preliminary plan for the Discover Islands Marine Trail. Numerous local governments, Indigenous communities, regional and provincial governments were consulted to gauge stakeholder willingness to participate in the intiative, provide public input and, where possible, reach formal agreements. This involved exploring economic opportunities stemming from the project – including transportation, accommodation, landing site maintenance and management, ecotourism and other cultural tourism opportunities.

The resulting plan provided an initial framework and the necessary stakeholder buy-in required to proceed with subsequent phases of the trail, including the need for a Marine Trail Safety Mandate and a comprehensive environmental strategy. The Marine Trail, once completed, will add considerably to the region’s tourism infrastructure through a network of secured, formal campsites and rest areas that will provide new opportunities for self-directed tours, ecotourism and other economic opportunities for remote and Indigenous communities. The project was completed April 2019.

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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