The newest section of the Denman Cross Island Trail has been completed which runs between Swan Road and Corrigal Road with a road crossing at Swan Road to connect with the existing trail. The entire trail is approximately 5 km in length and is a nice mix of forested and open trail with views of Lambert Channel, the mainland mountains and Hornby Island. The long term goal will be to have a continuous trail from the Denman West ferry terminal all the way to the Hornby ferry terminal.
The trail is now complete from downtown to Corrigal Road with the lone missing section being the steep Denman Road hill section. The new trail is consistently 2.2 meters wide, a comfortable size for a multi-use trail, and has already experienced use from the local community. This section of trail complies with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s specifications for safety, having a continuous ditch buffer along this dangerous section of road. We have tried a new topping material on the trail with more fines that will create a smoother surface more conducive to bicycles but still good for walkers and horses.
The proposed route for the Denman cross-island trail to connect the two ferry terminals, the trail design and proposed priority sections were presented to Denman Island residents for feedback at a community open house in 2013.
The CVRD is presently in a planning stage for the next trail sections of the Cross-Island Trail. On Sept. 8, 2018 the CVRD Parks Department took out a booth at the Denman Island Farmers Market for the purposes of an Open House to discuss the Cross Island trail. Trail alignment options for various unfinished segments of the trail were presented and open house attendees were asked to fill out a survey to determine trail priorities for Denman Islanders. Those unable to attend the open house were also able to complete the survey and submit their preferences. The CVRD was given a mandate to continue building the trail down East Road towards the Ferry to Hornby Island, starting with the section where the trail presently terminates from Corrigal Road to Owl Crescent. The Big Hill segment is currently under review by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.
Learn more about the Denman Cross Island Trail Project below, including survey results and open house presentation boards.