Parks and Recreation
1040 Mckenzie Ave
In 2003, there were approximately 85 km of trails in Saanich
Completion of Centennial Trails added 14 km of new trails and 30 km of improved trails to the overall system
Funding for the Centennial Trails, Phase 1 came from the District of Saanich and the Canada-British Columbia Infrastructure Program
What are the Centennial Trails?
The trails and walkways in Saanich are diverse and provide opportunities for recreation, transportation, exploration, and connection of the rural and cultural richness of our community.
The principle of preserving trail connections and creating new ones is embodied in the District of Saanich's Official Community Plan - a guiding document for future land use and development. Over the years, trails have been established throughout the community for the use and enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. Some of these trails include: Colquitz River Trail, Galloping Goose Regional Trail, Lochside Regional Trail and Blenkinsop Lake Crossing, Glendale Trail, Interurban Rail Trail and Blenkinsop Greenway
As part of the celebration of 100 years of municipal incorporation in 2006, the District of Saanich embarked on the Centennial Trails project. Approved by Council in December, 2003, this project intended to build upon existing trails and make multi-use trail connections east/west and north/south to all geographic areas of the municipality. The east/west trail connections will eventually link Francis King Regional Park to Mount Douglas Park.
The project was completed in two phases. Both phases of the project, Phase 1 (2004 to 2006) and Phase 2 (2006 to 2009) included trail improvements and construction of new trails. All of the trail segments were tied together with distinctive and cohesive wayfinding and information signs.
Funding for the $3.99 million Phase 1 of the project was in part provided by the Canada-British Columbia Infrastructure Program ($1.468 million), with the remainder from the District (approximately $2.522 million). The estimated cost for Phase 2 was $3.30 million.