FORT-VI’s purpose is to have a continuous active transportation trail created from Langford to Courtenay, and from Parksville to Port Alberni, building on the existing trail from Victoria to Langford. We would like to see the trail use the existing rail bed – namely the Island Corridor – where possible. At the same time, we recognize that First Nations, particularly those represented on the Island Corridor Foundation (which owns the rail bed), must play a lead role in determining the future use of the Island Corridor.
- Locals would use the trail for local commuting or pleasure, while avoiding the hazards, congestion and noise of the road.
- Cyclists could travel to and between local communities for shopping, work or pleasure.
- Walkers and hikers could pick up the trail at many locations for a peaceful outing.
- Local businesses would benefit from tourism traffic on the trail.
- The trail would be a drawing card for national and international tourists as the trail would link communities up and down Vancouver Island.
- Existing train stations could be made into information booths giving directions to local attractions and accommodations.
*non-motorized includes e-bikes which are classified as bicycles because they only have a small motor to assist a rider’s pedal power.
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