The CVRD is constructing a 455-metre long access route at Nymph Falls Park along the existing Mid-Line Trail. The access route will provide a compacted gravel trail with grades of 7% or less from the parking lot to the falls, allowing closer access for emergency and service vehicles. The changes are intended to improve toilet facilities near where park visitors tend to congregrate in the summer, and to allow those with mobility challenges an opportunity to enjoy the natural wonders of the Valley. The completed trail will be 3.5 metres (11.5ft) in width which is similar to the main trail now into the park from the parking lot. The new trail between the falls and toilet will be 2.2 metres (7.2ft) wide.
After several park users voiced concern about the proposed 3 x 3 metre covered viewing platform at the falls, as well as the proposal to convert the existing falls toilet to a change room, the regional district has revised plans for both. The existing toilet will be removed. No change rooms are planned other than a single new accessible toilet. The viewing platform is being redesigned without a roof or concrete floor.
A portion of the parking lot and the main trails to the falls are closed for two months until April. Access to the falls from the parking lot is via the bike trail only during this time.
The new trail follows existing paths for the most part to minimize the number of larger trees to be removed. Crews cut 20 trees that were 30 cm / 12" or more in diameter and an equal number of trees less than 30 cm as part of the trail widening at the end of January. The contractor did remove the additional trees due to Worksafe requirements. The trees in the park are under the authority of the Ministry of Forests. Ministry staff decided on February 7 to sell the cut trees to a local firewood company. The cut trees are being removed from the park as a result. Removing them does reduce the risk of fire starting along the trail. Areas disturbed by the work will be replanted with 800 native plants.
The project will be completed well before the May long weekend. Strathcona Sunsrise Rotary Club has donated $8,500 towards the project. An additional grant of $20,000 has been awarded by the Rick Hansen Foundation. We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Social Development and Social Innovation.