Time for a Trail  

Let's turn the inactive Island Rail Corridor into a
multi-use trail that connects Vancouver Island

Island Rail Corridor near Cowichan Station (Photo: Alan Philip)

Let's turn the Island Rail Corridor into a multi-use trail that connects Vancouver Island

The E&N is a gorgeous corridor that stretches from Victoria to Courtenay and Parksville to Port Alberni. Let's turn it into a continuous, multi-use trail connecting our communities and First Nations.

A continuous trail preserves the E&N Corridor for future generations at minimal expense. It can also easily adapt to First Nations interests.

Studies estimate $95 million in annual economic benefit from the trail as well as significant physical and mental health benefits.

A non-motorised, multi-use trail eliminates ongoing carbon emissions, noise pollution and creates a more natural environment.

An amazing new trail for Vancouver Island

FORT-VI’s federally-funded feasibility study demonstrates the benefits of a continuous multi-use trail on the rail bed of the Island Corridor. The study looked at the health benefits of active transportation and found significant positive impacts.
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Recent News

Dec 5 2023

Planning meetings underway

The Regional District of Nanaimo and other jurisdictions along the Island Rail Corridor are in the planning stages of what to do with the 289-km stretch. (From an article in the Capital Daily) Read Article
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Jun 12 2023

Island Rail Corridor Feasibility Study

FORT-VI has completed a study of the feasibility of putting a trail on the rail bed of the Island Rail Corridor, funded by a $45,000 grant from the Federal Active Transportation Fund.
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May 5 2023

Time to face facts for the Island Corridor

The decision in March by the federal and provincial governments to return a portion of the Island rail corridor lands to the Snaw-Naw-As First Nation is likely the decisive blow to the concept of rail returning to the E&N corridor.
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Green Lake Trestle on the Island Rail Corridor

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