Juan de Fuca trail upgrades complete
Plus, RidgeView residents speak to city for the first time
Yesterday the province announced that upgrades to the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail are complete. We’ve got more on that in our lead story today, but it got us wondering—what’s your favourite campground or hiking trail in the Westshore? Reply to this email and let us know!
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Juan de Fuca Marine Trail set to fully reopen May 17
The Juan de Fuca Trail near Port Renfrew. Photo: Shutterstock
The portion of the trail that runs from Little Kuitshe Creek Campground to the Parkinson Creek Trailhead has been closed for just over six months and will now fully reopen on May 17. The upgrades to the trail include the addition of 50 elevated tent platforms at five backcountry campgrounds.
“The new tent platforms, along with other significant upgrades along the Juan de Fuca Marine Trail in recent years, improve visitors’ experiences while they enjoy this amazing backcountry hike that showcases the beauty and power of BC’s coast,” said George Heyman, minister of environment and climate change strategy.
Ten new tent platforms have been added to Mystic Beach, Bear Beach, Chin Beach, Little Kuitshe Creek, and Payzant Creek, and food caches were also installed at each campground.
For those who are hiking and not camping, trail improvements include about 600 metres of stepped boardwalk, 20 new staircases, 19 new foot bridges between Little Kuitshe Creek and Parkinson Creek, and new engineered bridges at Kuitshe Creek and Hoard Creek.
The project cost just over $900,000 and is part of $2.1 million in upgrades to the 47-kilometre-long wilderness trail over the last four years. Most of the upgrades are now available to the public, but the portion between Little Kuitshe Creek campground and Parkinson Creek trailhead remains closed to finish upgrades and will reopen May 17.
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RidgeView residents voice concerns and feedback to city on poor handling of building evacuation
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Displaced RidgeView Place residents addressed Langford city council in a heated meeting Monday night, where residents were able to ask questions about the cause of evacuation—questions that the city did not have answers to.
When asked by resident Tyler Samson what was wrong with the building, Mayor Scott Goodmanson said this had not been identified.
Goodmanson said that two structural engineers and a concrete specialist conducted a visual inspection of the building the weekend prior to evacuation, alerting building owner Centurion Property Associates that RidgeView should be vacated. He said they will not have an answer on the exact cause until a thorough examination of the building is completed.
The building had its occupancy license revoked by Langford after the city received a letter from Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of BC on April 17, stating that there were unresolved structural design flaws that had not been repaired after a 2019 evacuation.
“This is an invasive investigation that will take a long time,” Goodmanson said. “As frustrating as that is, they can’t go in there and do what they need to do until everyone is out.”
Samson said he found it “alarming” that the city did not know this information. According to him, there are still several residents occupying RidgeView who either can’t leave without alternative housing options or won’t leave because the risk level is not clear.
Many residents said they were disappointed that the city did not reach out to the affected individuals. Resident Ashley MacDonald told councillors that they “should be ashamed” for their lack of support “for nearly 200 of their constituents.”
“I have never received direct communication from any of you and it’s despicable,” MacDonald told councillors. “What we have endured is trauma—there’s no way around that. We are so far past sympathies, prayers.”
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🍻 Fridays at the Station: Victoria Beer Society is hosting this summer pop-up series starting May 12 until Aug. 25 from 4 to 8pm at the Langford Station. Enjoy live music, food trucks, local businesses, and artist studios, as well as BC craft beer.
🪴 Sooke Garden Club annual sale: The Mother’s Day plant sale will be from 10am to 2pm on May 13 at the Evergreen Shopping Centre in Sooke. Proceeds help fund the club’s monthly educational sessions.
🎗️ Sarah Beckett Memorial Run: In memory of West Shore RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett, who was killed in the line of duty in 2016, join the run at Starlight Stadium Plaza on May 13 at 10am.
🛹 Westshore Skatepark Grand Opening: The Thrifty Foods skatepark at Juan de Fuca Lower Park is opening on May 13 from 1 to 3pm.
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