Spirit Trail Connects North Shore

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A 35-kilometre North Shore Spirit Trail that gives pedestrians, cyclists and inline skaters a scenic route from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove was made possible through a partnership of the Province of British Columbia, the North Shore municipalities and the North Shore Spirit of BC Committee.

"It is difficult to think of a more appropriate and practical legacy for the North Shore than an accessible and low lying trail," said Doug Smith, chair, North Shore Spirit of BC Community Committee. "With the need to be greener and offer our communities healthy, active choices being at the forefront of our minds, the Spirit Trail is something we are honoured and excited to be part of. It is something we will always look back on with a sense of achievement."

The provincial government pledged $3.7 million from its LocalMotion fund, a program that makes B.C. communities greener and healthier by improving physical fitness and safety, reducing greenhouse gases, and increasing energy conservation. The provincial contribution was matched by the three North Shore municipalities.

"Walkers, runners, wheelers and riders - everyone is able to enjoy the trail which unites the North Shore from Deep Cove to Horseshoe Bay," said Justin Webb, chair, Spirit Trail Committee.

Portions of the North Shore Spirit Trail incorporates existing paths such as the West Vancouver seawall; however, most of the 35-kilometre stretch involves new construction. With this trail, the Province of BC, the North Shore municipalities and the North Shore Spirit of BC Committee have created a lasting legacy for community members and visitors of all ages and abilities.

Spirit of BC is a province-wide program that involves 95 Spirit of BC committees, representing over 200 communities across the province. These committees support local programs and help create opportunities in sport and recreation, arts, literacy, volunteerism, business and tourism. The program is supported by the Province of British Columbia. Visit SpiritofBC.com for more information.