On Sunday, June 14, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony that substituted a strip of cedar bark for a ribbon, the Sea to Sky Marine Trail celebrated its grand opening.
The 40-kilometre marine trail spans Howe Sound -- it falls within the traditional territory of the Squamish Nation and follows trading routes used by the Nation since time immemorial.
It's the first saltwater trail to be incorporated into the Trans Canada Trail and connects the 180-kilometre Sea to Sky Trail (Squamish to Pemberton) with the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast.
The Sea to Sky Marine Trail links Horseshoe Bay with Bowen Island, Sunshine Coast Regional District, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and the District of Squamish and features six new recreation sites en route route with landing areas and campsites.
The Trans Canada Trail is one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. Made up of nearly 500 individual trails, it will eventually include more than 3,000 kilometres of trails throughout B.C. cover nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans.
The Sea to Sky Trail is a visionary 25 year old dream to link Squamish all the way to D'Arcy via a 180km non-motorized multi-use trail. Its development is being led by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District, with 75% of the trail already complete. (See the Ready to Ride guide to find out the status of each section.)
The result of creative collaboration of many, the Sea to Sky Marine Trail was opened by Squamish Nation Chief Bill Williams and BC Lieutenant-Governor, Judith Guichon, with West-Vancouver Sea to Sky MLA Jordan Sturdy, District of Squamish Mayor Patricia Heintzman, Trans-Canada Trail CEO Deborah Apps and Trans-Canada Trail Director Jim Bishop in attendance.
Parks and Trails Coordinator
Telephone: (604) 894-6371 ext. 243