Scoter Trail Project
About the Project
Scoter Trail is an important recreational trail in the District of North Saanich that is valued by both our residents and visitors alike. The trail stretches along the Patricia Bay shoreline, from Patricia Bay Park in the south to the Tseycum First Nation lands in the north.
Council has identified the rehabilitation of the North Section of the Scoter Trail as one of its strategic priorities. The trail is one of the most utilized within the District of North Saanich. The southern section of the trail was previously upgraded but the section north of Munro Road is in poor condition due to erosion from wave action and is in need of restoration so it can be reopened to public use. Restoration and reopening of the trail will provide a number of recreational benefits for the community.
Public Consultation Process and Results
The results of the public consultation were summarized in a staff report to Council in August 2019.
A public consultation for the Scoter Trail Project was held from May 21 to June 18, 2019, and included a number of events to provide opportunities for public engagement including pop-up events, a small group meeting, and an open house. The public was notified of these opportunities via mailed postcards, a news release, print advertisements, social media, and posters. Thank you to all who provided feedback and attended the consultation events.
Of the three trail restoration shoreline protection options considered in the public consultation (see figure below), “Option 1” was most supported, with 85% of respondents selecting this as their first preferred option.
In response to the public consultation results, Council directed staff to advance design and construction plans for the project following Option 1. In addition, Council has directed staff to install benches and bike racks along the trail as part of the restoration project (staff report). It is anticipated that construction will proceed during summer of 2020.